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Length: 322 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Donna Carrick was raised in the Canadian Military. She studied English literature and psychology at the University of Toronto. An accounting manager, wife and mother of three, she lives in Toronto, Ontario in Canada.

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  • File Size: 717 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419641859
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Carrick Publishing (August 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YOSXLW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,557 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An Air Force Brat, Donna Carrick grew up in locations all over Canada. Her primary influences came from small town Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario, the mining towns of Cape Breton, Northern Quebec and her birth province of New Brunswick.

An executive member of Crime Writers Of Canada, Donna volunteers her time as a mentor to aspiring CWC authors. She remains active in the Canadian writing scene, supporting Sisters In Crime, Word On The Street, Bloody Words and a variety of other venues for the literary arts.

Donna is the author of 3 mystery novels: The First Excellence ~ Fa-ling's Map, Gold And Fishes and The Noon God. All titles are available in paperback as well as Kindle and e-reader versions. Her 3rd full-length crime novel, The First Excellence, won the 2011 Indie Book Event Award for excellence in fiction!

In addition, her Toboggan Mystery Series, which includes "Sept-Iles and other places" and "Knowing Penelope", offers short-story lovers a broad collection of her work for Kindle.

Donna's interest in creative writing was established early and developed into a passion for fiction that continues to this day. She studied both Literature and Psychology at the University of Toronto and currently writes novels, short stories and poetry.

She enjoys sharing her knowledge of and enthusiasm for the independent and self-publishing industry. Contact Carrick Publishing to arrange a workshop or group engagement.

An office manager, wife and mother of three, Donna divides her time between the hectic pace of Toronto and the relative peace of Ontario's spectacular Georgian Bay. Life is never dull with husband/author Alex Carrick, their children, their beloved golden retriever Daisy and Dora The Cat.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on October 3, 2011
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This was a wonderful book about the aftermath of the terrible tsunami that washed away countless people in 2004. Wonderfully researched, the story was primarily about and aid worker, Ayla Harris, who went on a relief mission to Banda Aceh. She is there to help people recover from the devastation of the tsunami, but also to try to locate her brother in law who was vacationing there.

I especially appreciated the descriptions of the challenges relief workers face. Facing cultural sensitivities, theft, lonliness, lack of supplies, food, water. and more, the aid workers carried on the good work for all the right reasons.

I have always appreciated the work that aid workers do, and fantasized doing some work myself. This book made me consider the work in a very different way.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jen Knox on March 8, 2010
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Donna Carrick's "Gold and Fishes" is a well-written story, filled with just enough plot twists and research to make it a literary gem. The book begins with a woman seeking purpose after a failed relationship. As an aid worker, Ayla turns to her work to find purpose, and instead she finds so much more. As a series of unpredictable events unfold, Ayla finds what she's looking for, but her journey is filled with dangerous turns, eye-opening glimpses into the human capacity for greed; and ultimately, the human capacity for compassion. It turns out to be the very person Ayla wants most to help that gives her the drive to realize who she truly is, and the strength to persevere. This is a beautiful story, unique and delicately pieced together. Read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eve Paludan on February 18, 2012
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From the very first page, I was drawn into this compelling story of a Canadian nurse who traveled to find her brother-in-law after a tsunami. Folding herself into the local culture, she served the survivors of the tsunami with nursing care, even as she tried to unravel the mystery of her missing brother-in-law. The people she meets become a part of her as they bond together in the harsh aftermath of a disaster of epic proportions. The characters are well-drawn, the mystery is engaging, and the danger escalates as she discovers things that surprise her and also unrolls some of her past in small pieces until the reader has a full picture of the brave and adventurous heroine. The book is well-written in a factual journalistic style, but with plenty of emotion embedded in the unfolding events. I liked this book a lot and recommend it as a realistic portrait of a nurse in a disaster aftermath and how her heartstrings are pulled by people she meets and begins to care for. I especially enjoyed reading a book by a Canadian author, which I plan to do more often. There was a lovely syntax to Donna Carrick's writing that was somehow a bridge between American writing and UK-style writing. I quite enjoyed the lyrical quality of the story, which was well paced and had believable dialogue and well-researched settings.

p.s. I bought this book for my Kindle but instead read it on my Amazon Cloud Reader and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the Cloud Reader for multi-tasking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RG Bud Phelps on January 22, 2012
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The author takes you on the most difficult tasks taken by aid workers from Canada who responded to the December 26, 2004 Tsunami off the coast of Indonesia, Sumatra Island, Banda Aceh. Over 300,000 people died or were missing when all was said and done. You will struggle with the aid workers, and the terrible conditions they worked through will come to light while feeling you were right there with them. I compliment the author for all of the research which was necessary to give a more complete picture of how terrible the situation actually was. Not only were the aid workers dealing with all of the trauma of death and destruction, they were required to do so without offending the Muslim population's customs and beliefs. It's a tragic story told through the eyes of a nurse aid worker who finds deep and caring friendships while on her mission to help the poor people of Banda Aceh. I can't say I enjoyed the book, but I respect the author's presentation and learned things about a tragedy I may never have heard. I usually end a review by saying, enjoy, but this time I'll just say be prepared to learn about the tragic results of a Tsunami and the conditions aid workers are put through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Domino on January 14, 2012
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The author did do her work on facts - I was curious about some things and looked them up. It is the story of an experienced rescue worker in Indonesia after the tsunami. The graft, the soldiers, the lack of clean water even months later, made this book come alive. I, like another reviewer, felt the romance could have been left out. Of course I know even in those circumstances human sexuality is a fact, but the book would have been just as good by leaving it out.
Just an OK book for me, not something that would make me seek out others by the author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 23, 2012
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GOLD AND FISHES is a wonderful, haunting novel, part mystery, part thriller, all human. The characters are all complex and compelling, the setting -- Sumatra after the 2004 tsunami -- is gripping.

I dropped a star because I felt the climactic scenes were too rushed, although a writer of Ms. Carrick's power would have made them unbearable, if they had been as fully realized as the rest of the book!
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