Readers’ Favorite (U.S.) Review

I should be used to this by now, but I’m not. With every positive comment for my latest novel, Torn Asunder, I’m thrilled and excited all over again. This one is especially gratifying as the reviewer talks about the key theme of the book (ie – how we influence others). Read the review below. Looking […]

Liberation

In 2019 I was honoured to be invited to Ottawa by the Canadian Tulip Festival to tell this story in person at the Heritage Pavillion. A version of this piece has also been included in the Liberation75 School Curriculum for Grade 9 – 10 students across Canada. In 1942, my mother (Johanna deGroot nee Meijer) […]

War Correspondent

Divided Loyalties: Front-line death sentence?

For the past several weeks the world has been under quarantine and we, who are self-isolating are the lucky ones. The people who are out on the front lines are faced with the challenge of choosing between competing loyalties every time they leave the house and again when they return. By choosing to leave they […]

Small Town Heroes

I like to go grocery shopping early, but today I waited until 9 a.m. because I saw the notice that the hour between 8 and 9 was reserved for the vulnerable. That was easy. I can wait. I went in to do my weekly shopping and saw empty shelves – a sight I never see […]

Torn Asunder and the Pandemic

In 1918 the influenza pandemic (also known as the Spanish Influenza) affected every part of the globe. Reports vary as to its mortality rate, ranging between 17 million and 50 million. It affected 500 million people around the world.[1] As an author of Historical Fiction, it’s necessary to make mention of this world event when […]

The Coffee Pot Book Club Review

“Ireland should belong to the Irish.” Was that such a difficult concept to understand? It seemed rather simple to the men in the Ryan family. Emmet Ryan was determined to follow in the footsteps of his father and his elder brothers and join the Fingal Volunteers despite what his mother might say on the subject. […]

The Reviews Are In for Torn Asunder!

Review by Bill Arnott When it comes to historical fiction, I’m choosy. I want to see you’ve put your back into your work. Stimulate me. Make me set your book on my chest mid-paragraph and go ahhh… that’s good writing! And I’m cautious when it comes to reviewing work I’m unfamiliar with. People I like […]

Voyages of the Mind

Going out for a meal is a wonderful treat. Often, we choose something from the menu that we wouldn’t otherwise have, using the experience to explore foods from other cultures and so, in a way, we enjoy a short visit to another place through the tastes, aromas and colours of those exotic lands. Going out […]