Room for Christmas" in DEAR CANADA: A SEASON FOR MIRACLES:
A year has gone by since Susanna's adventures in WHISPERS
OF WAR. Now the war is worse, because the whole of the Niagara
peninsula has been taken over by the Americans. The family home is
crowded with people forced out of their own homes by the enemy. Susanna
is tired of looking after her sister's baby and longs for someone
her own age to talk to. Worse, her mother tells her that there will
be no time to celebrate Christmas this year.
This book is an anthology of twelve Christmas stories that carry on
the diaries of the heroines of twelve of the "Dear Canada" series.
Each is set in a different time period in Canadian history. Because
the war was much more exciting in 1813 than it was in 1812, I had
trouble fitting all the real historical events, such as the burning
of Niagara (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) into one short story. But I really
enjoyed writing about Susanna again, who is probably my bravest character.