Breakfast Meeting November 16, 2019

Lynne Golding was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Victoria College at the University of Toronto before studying law at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is a senior partner at the international law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where she leads their health law practice group. Lynne is married with three grown children, and currently lives in Brampton, Ontario. Winner of the OBPO’s “What’s Your Story Short Prose and Poetry Competition,” Lynne is preparing for the release of her second novel, ​The Beleagured​.

Author Lynne Golding’s connection to Brampton runs deep. She’s the fifth generation of her family who has called the city home. She was born and raised in the city, and even lived for years in a house her great-grandfather had built way back in 1905. She still resides in Brampton.

“Brampton is in my bones,” says Golding,  released her debut novel, The Innocent (Blue Moon Publishers) last fall. The work of historical fiction is set in the Flower City, appropriate considering Golding’s history with her hometown. The book opens in 1907 and follows Jessie Stephens and her family. A service is taking place in the Presbyterian Church but Jessie’s father won’t let the family enter its hallowed grounds. When she asks why, everyone is tight-lipped. But it somehow involves her grandfather Jesse Brady, who built the church. As she attempts to unravel the mystery, the protagonist learns more about her family, its history and the town she calls home. Golding says there’s mystery in The Innocent. But, the book isn’t a suspense novel. Instead, it’s a look at a small-town Canadian city and the people who live there in an era of innocence that would soon be shattered by the First World War. The novel is inspired, at least in part, by the author’s great aunt Jessie Roberts — who was born and raised in Brampton.