The Toll Gate

The Toll Gate

The year is 1919. The Great War is over and a million soldiers have been released into a recession-wracked economy that cannot possibly absorb them. Russia has fallen to the communists, and the IWW threatens the same in America. Labor violence rips the nation, shutting down Seattle for five days and mighty US Steel for three months. To defend itself against the Bolshevik threat, the Railroad turns to one of its own. Bribery releases former bookkeeper Edwin McIntyre from the lunatic asylum where he was committed for murder. An obsession with neatness and order leaves McIntyre outwardly harmless. If only he can control the terrible compulsions that make him a walking time bomb, he might lead a normal life. But he is an instrument of corporate terror. Robbery, murder and the Red menace send him to a Colorado hell-town where worse men than he answer only to the law of the gun. There he must come to terms with who and what he has become.

The Toll-Gate

The Toll-Gate

A dashing Regency romance from the legendary Georgette Heyer, founder of the genre. Captain John Staple's exploits against Napoleon's armies in the Iberian Peninsula have earned him the nickname 'Crazy Jack' amongst his comrades in the Dragoon Guards - but once the Battle of Waterloo brings the curtain down once and for all on the Napoleonic Wars, the boisterous, adventure-loving Captain finds life in peacetime intolerably dull. When the Captain finds himself lost in the Pennines, he takes refuge at an unmanned toll-house. It's there that he encounters a woman of extraordinary qualities - and suddenly, his soldiering days pale away next to the adventure, and the romance, of a lifetime...

The Toll-gate

The Toll-gate

His exploits were legendary... Captain John Staple, back from the battlefront, is already bored with his quiet civilian life in the country. When he stumbles upon a mystery involving a disappearing toll-gate keeper, nothing could keep the adventure-loving captain from investigating. But winning her will be his greatest yet... The plot thickens when John encounters the enigmatic Lady Nell Stornaway and soon learns that rescuing her from her unsavory relatives makes even the most ferocious cavalry charge look like a particularly tame hand of loo. Between hiding his true identity from Nell and the arrival in the neighborhood of some distinctly shady characters, Captain Staple finds himself embarked on the adventure—and romance—of a lifetime.

The Toll-gate

The Toll-gate

His exploits were legendary... Captain John Staple, back from the battlefront, is already bored with his quiet civilian life in the country. When he stumbles upon a mystery involving a disappearing toll-gate keeper, nothing could keep the adventure-loving captain from investigating. But winning her will be his greatest yet... The plot thickens when John encounters the enigmatic Lady Nell Stornaway and soon learns that rescuing her from her unsavory relatives makes even the most ferocious cavalry charge look like a particularly tame hand of loo. Between hiding his true identity from Nell and the arrival in the neighborhood of some distinctly shady characters, Captain Staple finds himself embarked on the adventure—and romance—of a lifetime.

The Journey from Tollgate to Parkway

African Canadians in Hamilton

The Journey from Tollgate to Parkway

When the Lincoln Alexander Parkway was named, it was a triumph not only for this distinguished Canadian but for all African Canadians. The Journey from Tollgate to Parkway looks at the history of blacks in the Ancaster-Burlington-Hamilton area, their long struggle for justice and equality in education and opportunity, and their achievements, presented in a fascinating and meticulously researched historical narrative. Although popular wisdom suggests that blacks first came via the Underground Railroad, the possibility that slaves owned by early settlers were part of the initial community, then known as the "Head of the Lake," is explored. Adrienne Shadd’s original research offers new insights into urban black history, filling in gaps on the background of families and individuals who are very much part of the history of this region, while also exploding stereotypes, such as that of the uneducated, low-income early black Hamiltonian.