Kicker’s Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart

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Author: Lois Cloarec Hart


A hostler falls in love with a teacher at a school for young ladies in this historical lesbian romance set in 1899.

In 1899, two women from very different backgrounds are about to embark on a journey together—one that will take them from the Old World to the New, from the 19th century into the 20th, and from the comfort and familiarity of England to the rigours of Western Canada, where challenges await at every turn.

The journey begins simply for Kicker Stuart when she leaves her home village to take employment as hostler and farrier at Grindleshire Academy for Young Ladies. But when Kicker falls in love with a teacher, Madelyn Bristow, it radically alters the course of her tranquil life.

Together, the lovers flee the brutality of Madelyn’s father and the prejudices of upper crust England in search of freedom to live, and love, as they choose. A journey as much of the heart and soul as of the body, it will find the lovers struggling against the expectations of gender, the oppression of class, and even, at times, each other.

What they find at the end of their journey is not a new Eden, but a land of hope and opportunity that offers them the chance to live out their most cherished dream—a life together.

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Publication Date

November 2013


epub (for Kindle Reader/Kindle Apps, for iBooks, Nook etc.), mobi, and pdf


2nd revised edition


157,000 words




978-3-95533-057-6 (mobi), 978-3-95533-058-3 (epub), 978-3-95533-059-0 (pdf)


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3 reviews for Kicker’s Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart

  1. Carolyn McBride


    Kicker’s Journey is a classic ‘love can triumph’ everything tale, but with a twist. Two women from different classes, and positions in life meet…we’ve read it before, right? Not quite like this you haven’t. Kicker is different than other women of her time, and with some serious useable skills to boot. (To this day female-smiths are exceedingly rare) Maddie is a schoolteacher who also stands out. Together they embark on a brave and crazy journey that I’m not sure I would have had the courage to take in that day and age. There is a supporting cast of characters every bit as loveable, unique, honorable and in a couple of cases repulsive, and I’d love to learn more about Wynn.
    Overall, fans of historical fiction and underdog tales will love this book.
    Now if you’ll excuse me, I want to go read this one all over again.

  2. Gigi

    (verified owner):

    This is a very well written story with amazing characters.
    The way each character spoke was unique and made her/his position in society clear, which gave the book a lot of authenticit.

  3. ratjackter

    (verified owner):

    I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book but I saw that it was offered free threw the publisher and it sounded interesting in the description. (Note; this is the first of anything I’ve read by this author)
    The story itself is quite riveting and it was hard not to get emotional while reading it; feeling the anger and frustration for the female leads because of there station’s in life. (one from farm county, wearing men’s clothing and doing a mans job. While the other from Upper class upbringing is a school teacher rebelling from an abusive, bully of a father) Meeting and falling in love It’s decided early on that because of rapid circumstances in order to be together they would have to leave the only life they’ve ever known. That includes all those they love behind to start a new life/adventure to Canada. To be free to love without outside interference and on there terms. Yet, Things don’t go as smoothly as they planned and not everything is what it seems… Uncertainty, courage, terror, true love, revenge, compassion and loss brought threw the harshest of reality’s don’t always give you a happy ending, So it’s lead to believe…At times I found I wanted to scream at these characters. I was feeling the twist and pull of heartbreak when one lead character could no longer find her way in this new life they created and the least expected of the two found it to be Home. That being said, A lot happened in this story characters were well defined, the plot was twisting, and I found it hard to put down. It was definitely a roller coaster for these main characters and myself 😏. Many of the secondary characters in this book were spot on and well written into the storyline. There was a HEA which makes ME happy! I definitely recommend this book and look forward to searching out and reading something else by this author. 5⭐️

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