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About the Author
In another life, she studied Fashion Arts at Seneca College, which has nothing to do with the books or subjects she writes about.
When not writing or digging through history, Frieda divides her time between her husband, three daughters, two fish, one cat, and triathlons.
In January of 1945, the Halifax Bomber that Tom Daniel was flying in was shot down over West Germany. It was the group's fourth bombing mission over Europe. Tom was one of the four airmen to survive, although Tom fractured his neck from whiplash as he jumped out of the plane.
Tom endured four months in a German POW camp before being liberated and returning to civilian life. He frequently shared "the story" in an effort to help others understand the true cost of their freedom.
Tom's son Doug became an avid history buff. He spent his summers with wife and his three kids packed up in the family station wagon, travelling around Canada. It became the family joke that whenever Doug passed a historic plaque, he had to stop to read it. With the invention of digital cameras, those stops became shorter.
My Grandpa Tom's story and my Dad's love of history inspired me to dive deep into history. In school and documentaries, we are shown the "big picture", what the cost of events are to countries and the world as a whole.
The individual stories of the thousands of people who made up these big events are what fascinate me. While the world is shaped and history is made, ordinary people are trying to live their lives. They do not know or care what impact the events they live through will have on the world. They are living, falling in love, dying, and trying to make their time on this earth matter.
- File size : 799 KB
- Publication date : April 4, 2018
- Print length : 510 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07BYV15NM
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #158,391 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The horrors of war are upstaged by this everlasting love story... A story with twists and turns throughout to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering/hoping for a happy conclusion. The characters (both the "good & bad)" come to life with great intensity. I look forward to seeing what the author has up her sleeve for her next project. I am a fan!!
Too few authors address Canadian history and particularly that era where France stepped full force into Canada. Frieda captures this era will skill and with a sense of mystery thriller that enhances the historical aspect as well as enhancing the major romance story she has crafted.
Frieda’s own synopsis of this complex plot distills the book’s message well – ‘Marie Levesque is a young woman growing up on the shores of Ile Royale as the French Empire collapses on the battlefields. Britain and France are once again at war. The conflict has spilled over into the North America of 1744. With the threat of war looming on the horizon, Marie struggles to find her place. As a young woman, her life is just beginning. But the British promise not only to defeat them but annihilate their very way of life. Torn between clashing empires and contentious families, Marie Lévesque fights to find a place in the unforgiving frontier of Canada. As a young woman, her life is just beginning. Her friendship with Pierre promises of something more. But their lives and the doomed fortress of Louisbourg, an 18th century French colonial fortress which is now part of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia Canada, are caught in the cross-hairs of the British navy, who promise to annihilate not only them but also their very way of life. As empires collide, Marie and Pierre are catapulted into a world they do not understand—a world of spies, treason, and revenge. They must fight not only to survive the war, but also to stay together despite the forces that threaten to tear them apart forever. The Displaced: Fall of a Fortress tells the story of ordinary people as they try to survive as French rule crumbles in Canada.’
A taste of the flavor is evident early in the story – ‘The island fortress that housed the city of Louisbourg saw many interesting characters enter its port, but panicked sheep surging through the wide main street on a June afternoon was unheard of. The fortress of Louisbourg sat on the eastern edge of Île-Royale, the last vestige of the French Empire on the east coast of the continent. The guardian of the mighty Gulf of the Saint-Laurent, the massive structure was an intimidating reminder to anyone who travelled the North Atlantic to Quebec, the centre of France’s power in North America. Though cut off from the rest of the French Empire by the ocean and by British lands, the fortress’s stone walls rose proudly above the stormy Atlantic. A bustling city second only to the capital, Louisbourg provided all the modern comforts for its citizens and garrison, and as an international port, it played host to ships from all over the globe.’
Well developed characters and an intensely fascinating historical account make this a book to not only absorb but to also await the next volume of this series. Recommended. Grady Harp, May 18
I loved how the characters matured and grew with the storyline of Canada's history as the backdrop. I had never known the story of Louisburg and Cape Breton and found it interesting...and a compelling novel.
It ended on a great note, but I'd love to hear what happened next for Marie and Pierre in this epic historical adventure.