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Gabriele Wills
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Gabriele's epic sagas have already touched the hearts and imaginations of thousands of readers worldwide. Meticulously researched, the historical details are subtly woven into compelling tales that enlighten and entertain.

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"Historical fiction at its best." - FOCUS ON BOOKS

Book 1 of
"The Muskoka Novels"

by Gabriele Wills

Book 2 of
"The Muskoka Novels"

by Gabriele Wills

Book 3 of
"The Muskoka Novels"

by Gabriele Wills

The Summer Before The Storm

Elusive Dawn

Under the Moon

"If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, trust me, you will love [the Muskoka Novels] series!" - Teddy Rose, So Many Precious Books, So Little Time

"In Elusive Dawn, author Gabriele Wills shows talent that is anything but elusive. Her skillfully crafted scenes populated by well drawn characters will pull readers into the story and not let go until the very last page." - Writer's Digest Magazine

"The Summer Before the Storm is a richly detailed, complex novel - one that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page." - Jonita Fex, The Book Chick

"Watch out and move over, Downton Abbey, because The Muskoka Novels are here." - EmSun

"Ms. Wills is one of the most talented writers I have read in a long time." - A Book Lover's Library

"When I came up for air, I was actually surprised to find myself in 2012 instead of 1914." - PopcornReads.com

"The Summer Before the Storm is a keeper on my bookshelf." - The Eclectic Reader

"The book is sweeping and epic in scale and feel with a marvelous grandeur of times past." - BookNAround

"It has EVERYTHING I adore. Ms. Wills is such a great author that she has created characters that I cannot wait to continue with in the next volume." - Bags, Books, & Bon Jovi

"There was never a moment in reading Elusive Dawn that I wasn't completely captivated with the story. I absolutely adore Gabriele Wills!" - Peaceful Wishing

"I can't tell you enough how much I adored this book and the characters it holds." - Stitch - Read - Cook

"I highly recommend you read Elusive Dawn. There are definitely similarities with the Downton Abbey series." - M. Denise C.

"Wills writes her characters in such a way that you literally feel like you're on this journey with them. The second book in this series is fantastic." - To Read, or Not to Read

"[Ms. Wills] truly brings history alive through her descriptions and her characters. I didn't want the story to end." - Broken Teepee

"I recommend this novel not only to historical fiction fans, but to readers who crave an emotional experience with characters who start to feel like family." - Mom in Love with Fiction

"I love fictional novels that bring history to life in a personal way. Gabriele Wills is a skilled author who expertly weaves this family saga together." - Sweeps 4 Bloggers

"Gabriele Wills is as enterprising in the book world as she is adept in story-telling. A tribute to both these qualities is the fact that Muskoka Chautauqua selected The Summer Before the Storm, her first in a series of Muskoka novels, for its esteemed 2010 Reading Circle List." - Dr. Patrick Boyer, QC, The Muskoka Magazine

NEW! Read the latest reviews of The Summer Before the Storm from a 2012 Blog Tour.

A Place to Call Home

Moon Hall

A Place to Call Home
by Gabriele Wills
A pioneer saga

Moon Hall
by Gabriele Wills
A tale of two times

"An exceptionally well-told story. ...A Place To Call Home offers a delightful glimpse into Canada's past, told through characters who come to life and jump off the page." - Writer's Digest Magazine

"Gabriele Wills' novels, including Moon Hall and A Place To Call Home, as well as her Muskoka Novels, The Summer Before The Storm and Elusive Dawn, all share one thing: they provide one of the best portraits of a particular era and the region in which they are set.... The author's skilful, seamless blending of fact and fiction, of 'real' characters, such as Prime Minister Borden and Lady Eaton, with purely fictional characters such as the Wyndhams, reminds me of the novels of E.L. Doctorow, Guy Vanderhaeghe and Wayne Johnston. Small wonder that her many readers have exclaimed about each novel by this wonderful writer, 'I just couldn't put it down.'" Wills deserves to be as well known as Doctorow, Vanderhaeghe and Johnston." - Dr. R.B. Fleming, historian and biographer

Here's just a sampling of what readers have said about Gabriele's novels:

"You have created a masterpiece. I loved every moment..."

"I haven't been that emotionally invested in a story in many years."

"I could not put this book down! The characters... are so vivid and real that they feel like old friends."

"Gabriele Wills deserves a standing ovation for the research and knowledge that went into this book, and for the skill she possesses in writing with such clarity and vivid detail that the reader is transplanted back in time."

"Once again, you have intertwined fact and fiction into a compelling story that educates and stirs emotion."

"Thank you so much for writing a 'future classic'."

"I knew this novel was far above average when I found myself neglecting important business matters to sneak in another hour or two of reading."

"It is truly great to read about our splendid history and you are a magnificent story teller."

"I have just finished reading it for the third time. ... Like long-time friends, a good book teaches one something through every reading!"

"When I read the Muskoka Novels I couldn't put the books down, and even though I've read them several times now, I'm still unable to put them down. I am drawn into their world and I find myself still captivated by every detail."

"I literally couldn't put the book down. I found myself turning on the TV for the kids so that I could read in peace."

"I commend you on both the mountain of detail of research and the skill with which you handle it and achieve an extremely lifelike sense of the moment."

More comments for each novel can be found on the following pages:

The Summer Before The Storm
Elusive Dawn
Under the Moon
A Place To Call Home
Moon Hall


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