A Strange Kind of Comfort


Secrets cannot stay buried forever

In the town of Ross Prairie, Caroline Webb and Sarah Bilyk are bound by family, duty, and a decades-old act of betrayal. On opposing sides of a long-simmering feud between their husbands’ families, the two women meet again after years of estrangement when Caroline moves into the same nursing home as Sarah’s father.

Seeing each other sparks memories — of young love and the path to a fateful summer day that changed everything. Together, Caroline and Sarah uncover a truth that alters their lives forever, proving that love will overcome heartache and that friendship survives time.


A heartbreaking novel with complex, vividly-imagined characters against the backdrop of the expansive Canadian Prairie. Perfect for Fans of Ann Hood's The Obituary Writer.


This novel has the ring of authenticity. A Strange Kind of Comfort captures so beautifully the prairie landscape, the rapidly fading rural lifestyle, and the powerful bonds formed — both good and evil — in a close-knit farming community.

Elinor Florence, author of Wildwood

Dutchyshen’s writing is concise and she is skilful at pointing out typical interactions between people living in a small town.

Winnipeg Free Press

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