And Publishers Weekly chimes in: "In his debut novel, inspired by Longfellow’s epic poem of the same name, Farmer builds a compellingly detailed historical foundation for a story. Thanks to British forces’ 18th century "Great Expulsion" of Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia), French lovers Evangeline and Gabriel end up hundreds of miles apart. Describing their new lives, and Evangeline’s subsequent cross-country journey to find her fiancé, Farmer delivers an evocative impression of American colonial and frontier life; his descriptions of everything from the Maryland frontier to a Louisiana swamp settlement give a real sense of the New World’s newness. A meticulously-rendered setting . . a passion-driven plot."