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"Torn Asunder by Renny deGroot is a fabulous novelthat not only captured my attention but kept it throughout. It is immenselyreadable and absolutely irresistible. When historical fiction is written insuch a way, then there is no such thing as too much. 
I Highly Recommend."
Review by Mary Anne Yarde.
The Coffee Pot Book Club.

"I am so verypleased to tell you that your book, Torn Asunder, is Book of the Month at ChillAwards. Huge congratulations!"

Reader Comments:
  •  "A compelling story set against a well-researched historical background, bring to life a turbulent period in Ireland's history."
  • "Ms deGroot writes beautifully and I look forward to reading more from her. Thank you!"
  • "What a marvellous story portraying the troubles in Ireland and everyday living and romance.

Founder ofChill with a Book AWARDS

Torn Asunder is a well researched novel. With abundant dialogue, ittakes skill to find a comfortable place where period language (in this case,early twentieth century) still flows in readable modern vernacular. DeGrootdoes an admirable job. But the success of this book lies in the author writingwhat she knows - facets of what she's experienced and what she's passionateabout - the foundation of an engaging read, and a writer we can trust.Congratulations are due to this self-published author. Not many can do it andthose who do, like DeGroot, earn the right to share their work with the world.
Bill Arnott bestselling author of 2019 WIBA Finalist Gone Viking: ATravel Saga and Editor, Miramichi Reader
Torn Asunder has received a Miramichi Readers' Badge

From the Back Cover

Fiercelyloyal, Emmet Ryan plays his part in the war against the British to see a freeand united Ireland. As a 16-year-old boy, Emmet is thrilled to join his fatherand brothers in the Finglas Volunteers during the 1916 Easter rebellion. Theeffects of that week mark Emmet for the rest of his life as he wrestles betweenhis allegiance to his country and loyalty to his family. At times he isn't surehe's given enough to the fight until the day he realizes he may have given toomuch.
 Thestory of Ireland's birth as a modern nation and her turbulent formative yearsis woven into the very fabric of this multi-generational family drama.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Toadhollow Publishing (November 14, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 310 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 099369473X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0993694738
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.01 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.78 x 9 inches
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Renny deGroot-MacKinnon is a first-generation Canadian of Dutch parents. She was born in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Her debut novel, Family Business, was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. She has two other Historical Fiction; with her novel Torn Asunder, published in 2019, receiving several readers’ awards including from the Coffee Pot Book Club (U.K.), A Book of the Month Premier Award from Chill With A Book (U.K.), An Honorable Mention from the Readers’ Favorite International Book Contest (U.S.A.) and a Readers’ Pick badge from the Miramichi Reader.

In June 2021, she launched a series of mysteries with Garden Girl, a police procedural set in Cape Breton, N.S. Book 2 in the series is Sea Child. Heritage House, the next in this series will be published spring of 2023

In 2019 Renny was commissioned to produce a coffee-table non-fiction book about the military history of her former regiment, called 32 Signal Regiment, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals: A History.

Renny has a BA in English Literature from Trent University. She lives in rural Ontario with her Great Pyrenees and Golden Retriever, and vacations at her cottage in Nova Scotia.

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