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A Heart To Survive: first Novel in the Collingwood Series by [George Fillis]

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Human trafficking, racial disparity, resilience, and courage mark Fillis's earnest series kicker in the historical fiction series. With the civil war in full swing and Mao Zedong's ruthless control of the nation, fourteen-year-old Tao Wen Shun, the upstanding son of an educated family, is sent aboard a sailing ship to live as the paper-son to a Chinese family in Canada. After a harrowing sea voyage, Tao finds himself in the clutches of a human trafficking gang, and escape doesn't seem like an option. The world Fillis creates, be it the disquiet of a Chinese town of Hangzhou or the searing discrimination of a Canadian city, is both complex and authentic. The warm, grounded romance toward the end comes out as a pleasant surprise. Although the novel tackles various complex themes, including human trafficking, racial discrimination, young love, and a teenager's coming of age story, Fillis's expert execution of the plot and sharp cultural observations make it a gratifying read.  - THE PRAIRIES BOOK REVIEW ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In this sharp-edged, dark historical drama, a young Chinese boy's attempt at a normal life in Canada crumbles after he falls prey to a human trafficking ring. It's the peak of the civil war in China. With Mao Zedong's rebel forces gaining momentum, fourteen-year-old Tao Wen Shun is forced to board a ship to Canada by his family to escape the terrors of Mao's regime. But instead of a Chinese family awaiting him on the other side, he finds himself trapped in the clutches of a human trafficking ring. Fillis skillfully chronicles Wen's courageous ascent to liberation, imbuing his story with a sense of claustrophobia and hope. Wen Shun is gutsy, resourceful, and keen to help others, and his journey to freedom is inspiring as he remains standing tall in the face of the relentless difficulties life throw his way. Crisp prose, the affecting first-person narrative, and tension-filled, tight plotting keep the readers turning pages nonstop. The conclusion is left unresolved, leaving readers excited for the next installment. Paired with the atmospheric setting, the exploration of the themes of human trafficking, racial discrimination, and individual struggles makes for a thoroughly engrossing coming of age tale. 
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Historical fiction readers, particularly those interested in Canadian backdrops, are in for a treat. All the elements are here for an extraordinary read that blends a coming-of-age experience with a window into Canadian culture, race relations of the 1950s, romance, and a young immigrant's ability to persevere against all odds. 
A Heart To Survive chronicles the kinds of choices that lead into danger and opportunity alike, adding a dash of thriller and mystery elements into the mix to create a multifaceted story that is engaging, engrossing, and hard to put down.  - Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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The Collingwood Series should be read in chronological order and not as individual stand-alone titles because of the background of events, characters, and storylines in A Heart to Survive. For announcements on upcoming book releases, please click on 'Follow the Author' or follow me on my website at: GeorgeFillisNovels.com.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08NFQ674Z
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bluerock7 LLC (November 20, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 20, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2396 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 310 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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George Fillis is the author of the Collingwood Series. A graduate of Trinity University, he lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Karen. He discovered his passion for writing after careers in securities, real estate, and biotech. Inspired by travels to China and Canada, he heard a remarkable story about a ‘paper son,’ which was the seed for the Collingwood Series.

The Collingwood Series is a captivating story of character, resilience, and passion. It not only explores the depth of human passions but drives home the bitter realities of racism in 1950s Canada and takes readers on an epic journey into the historical past of two nations divided by culture and continents.

It is recommended that these books be read in chronological order. For announcements on upcoming book releases, please click on 'Follow the Author' or follow me on my website at: GeorgeFillisNovels.com

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