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My Baby Wrote Me A Letter...by Jacquie Biggar. (5 Stars) Don’t let the fact that this is a short story fool you. It is so well written and filled with so much emotion.
A beautiful, heartwarming, emotional story of coming home and clearing up misunderstandings . It had moments of sadness and dealing with difficulties of loved ones away at war , sibling squabbles and joking around but also showed the tenderness of closeness. This is truly, a beautiful love story that moved me to tears and warmed my heart.
I also enjoyed the description of parts of Canada that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting.
Once Upon An Attic...by LizAnn Carson.
Another sweet, heartwarming love story with a touch of humor. If you've ever had the joy of going through "stuff" stored in an old attic, you will enjoy this story. It can be sad or happy times, but either way it is like finding buried treasures of someone's life. Gramps is a ghost just waiting for someone to open up the box that keeps him hanging around until his story is told. Jamie, Jan and Kate will also warm your heart and you can't help but cheer them on. I'm so happy that I read this story and got to reminisce a little bit about things I've found in a relatives old attic.
Loved the blend of nationalities (Scottish, French, Métis, First Nations) and jobs (North West Company clerks, voyageurs, dairy maids) that led so many diverse people to Fort William and such interesting but also challenging lives. I don't often read stories set in this location and time period, so this was a treat.
- Sylvie Grayson's PRAIRIE STORM, Shane and Emily, WWI.
Loved the large Narraway clan, the farming details like digging wells and threshing fields, the dangers of rural life, and the bravery to not only support a war an ocean away but survive a deadly influenza epidemic. A great family saga set in Canada's heartland.
- Alice Valdal's WHEN THE BOYS CAME HOME, Dot and George, 1920.
Loved Nurse Mabel and the complications she added in a Glencove community’s postwar struggle to deal with returning soldiers’ mental and physical recovery, women’s equality and finally getting the right to vote, and privacy issues in the age of party-line telephone switchboards with neighbors listening in.
- Reggi Allder's WITH GLOWING HEARTS, Harriet and Alan, 1946 & earlier in WWII.
Loved meeting Welsh nurse Harriet on a wave-tossed transport ship bound for Canada and then flashing back to see how she met her husband, Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, Alan Barlow, in London during the Blitz. A night together in a crowded underground station during an air raid leads to the shared exploration of a war-torn city and a new future.
- LizAnn Carson's ONCE UPON AN ATTIC, Kate and Jamie, present day.
Loved hanging out in Victoria's James Bay and seeing the community through the eyes of easterner Kate and her easygoing next-door neighbor, Jamie. An eccentric landlady, a ghostly grandfather, and an attic full of historical treasures or old junk (depending on the eye of the beholder) made for a unique story.
- Jacquie Biggar's MY BABY WROTE ME A LETTER, Grace and Dan, present day.
Loved the Prior family. Watching Grace and her father find the letter in the old desk was suspenseful and intriguing. I couldn't wait to read what the letter revealed about the past and then see what the future held for Grace and her baby. Going to the Prior family home in the Canadian's Rocky Mountains was an awesome getaway. Details like how Grace teased her family with outlandish baby names kept me smiling.
I really enjoyed Anna Markland’s novella Rendezvous, the charming story of a gentle Scottish hero named Ian and the lovely heroine named Nindaanis. Fort William, Upper Canada 1815, is the setting for Dreams and Promises, where the North West fur trading company was settled. Nindaanis, is a Metis woman, who was abandoned by the father of her child Gabriel. Enters in their lives, Ian a clerk working for the NW and who becomes infatuated by her. Ian will even fight to keep her safe! This short novella is a must to read if you love historical romance set in Canada.
Sylvie Grayson really wrote a romantic and touching story of two beautiful souls.
Prairie Storm is the journey of Shane Narraway and Emily Waddell. It’s 1918, and prairie farmer Shane Narraway is doing his best on his farm. He first met Emily at church during a tragic event that had happened in her family. As his brother is still at war in Europe, he manages to survive. As time goes by, he falls in love with Emily. Will he steal her heart? Will she say “yes”? This short story reflects the pioneer life of Canadian families around the 1918's.
This was a very touching story. We witness Ian's growing attention and affection towards our heroine and to her son Gabriel. As we also are witnessing her growth and developing feelings towards Ian. These are all things new to her. It is truly a heartwarming story.
The other stories are short and good.