In The Mending, the final book in the series, the war is over but its celebration by Jessie and her family is half-hearted. They, like other Canadians, seek two things above all else: an end to the beleaguered state suffered during the war and a return to the innocence that preceded it. Neither is entirely possible.

Between 1918 and 1931, Jessie comes of age on the heels of the Spanish flu epidemic, in a time when skirt hems rose, marriageable men were in short supply, and compliance with temperance laws fell. As modern medical, dental, and training programs strove to restore the lives of the war’s injured, Jessie is a student at the University of Toronto, a mourner in the fields of France, a tourist in European capitals, a love-struck guide in the hills of Caledon, and a devoted family member in her hometown of Brampton. Uncovering the secrets that have beset her since her earliest days, and others of more recent discovery, Jessie, her family, and her community begin to mend.

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