“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers”

─ Logan Pearsall Smith

 


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Chaudière Falls:  A Novel of Dramatized History, by David Mulholland

On March 7, 1800, Philemon Wright, a farmer from Woburn, Massachusetts, arrives on the north shore of the Ottawa River in Hull Township. On September 1, 1860, on the south side of the river, Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Albert Edward, lays the cornerstone for Canada’s Parliament Buildings on Barrack Hill in Ottawa.

While the novel dramatizes the real events that unfold between those two dates—Wright’s determination to establish a community of farmers, the political scheming that results in Ottawa becoming Canada’s capital—it’s also the story of immigrants struggling for survival in a new world. Among them, Jedediah Jansen, who is ten years old when his family arrives with Wright’s party. Jed marries, enters the volatile timber business, is overwhelmed by both, and his life spirals out of control.

The settlers’ attempts to establish a peaceful community are further exacerbated when the government in York (Toronto) refuses to confer legal status on Bytown (Ottawa). And because its inhabitants resent Colonel By’s civil authority, the lawless settlement is rampant with self-serving politics, religious bigotry, and barbaric violence.

 

Walking Between the Worlds ─ Book One, by Judith Campbell

Reserve time in your busy schedule to take care of YOU! Turn your reading corner into a soothing retreat! Perhaps light a candle, infuse a favourite essential oil, turn off your communication devices, play some quiet meditation music, have something warm to drink, wrap yourself in a comfy shawl or blanket, put your feet up … and settle in.

Through a series of interactive home-based retreats using the healing potential of Reiki, relaxation, insightful words, guided meditations, and reflective exercises, Judith will help you to liberate your spirit as you make time for your “self.” You will awaken to a healthier and more balanced way of living and walking in this world … a way of consciously learning to walk between the worlds of physical and spiritual reality.

Offered through the spiritual lens of Reiki as it intersects with the elements of nature and the human energy system, Book One contains a preliminary discussion about Reiki plus the first three of seven home-based retreats. This book will appeal to the questioning mind, whether or not you are familiar with Reiki. Relax and enjoy!

 

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The Incrementalist, by Ian McKercher

This fusion of fact and fiction brings authenticity to a little known facet of Canadian history.

In September,1939, a modest country with limited resources or military tradition signs up for world war.

Frances McFadden finds herself propelled into the top echelon at the Bank of Canada as it faces the crushing weight of financing the conflict.

Marginalized as a female, Frances struggles to support a desperate cause with the help of a curious raft of characters.  Her love life is compromised by covert duties that the Official Secrets Act prevents her from sharing.

On June 20, 1940, as France falls, a warship arrives in Halifax harbour with three hundred million in French gold that the

Bank of Canada has promised to safeguard. But…

 

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The Last of the Wild Rivers:  The Past, Present, and Future of the Rivière du Moine, by Wally Schaber

For four hundred years, the journals of all the great explorers of Canada have mentioned the Deux Joachims portage and the wild Rivière du Moine as they made their way west to discover riches, routes, or souls to save. The Du Moine is the last of the ten major Quebec tributaries of the Ottawa River to resist the development threats of hydro, mining, and modern colonization. Recent conservation efforts to preserve this last of the wild rivers as an aquatic reserve have met with mixed reviews by all those who would be affected, including the Algonquins of Wolf Lake–whose ancestors, the Du Moine River band, originally occupied the watershed.

Walking Between the Worlds ─ Book Two, by Judith Campbell

Through a series of interactive home-based retreats, Judith Campbell guides her reader into the essential relationship between physical and mental/emotional health and spiritual liberation.

In this book set, you will uncover many surprises about yourself through a variety of activities
and discussions. You will also confirm many suspicions that will serve to awaken you to an awareness of a healthier and more balanced way of living and walking in this world … a way of consciously learning to walk between the worlds of physical and spiritual reality. All of this is offered through the spiritual lens of Reiki as it intersects with the elements of nature and the human energy system.

In Book Two, you will resume the retreats you enjoyed in Book One, starting with retreat four—the heart chakra and the air element— and concluding with the seventh chakra and one’s relationship with the Universe and Divine Mind. Ever encouraging you to “stop holding
on,” Judith guides you—at your own speed—to learn to trust again so you can live meaningfully, peacefully, and joyfully as you comfortably walk between the worlds on your healing journey with your spirit.

Away Game Web CoverAway Game, by Bob Levin

An exploration of the often-fraught relationship between fathers and sons is at the heart of Bob Levin’s baseball-themed novel “Away Game”.

It’s the story of Hank Bauman who, through the magic of an old baseball board game, is transported from the present to 1955, to Game 7 of the Yankees-Dodgers World Series where his father rooted on his beloved Dodgers – before his accidental death later that day, when Hank was two years old. Or so the story goes. The reality turns out to be very different, and Hank sets off through the 1960s to track down his runaway father, who’s threatened for real this time.

Set largely in Middle America in the mid-1960s – as racial tensions and the Vietnam War are starting to unsettle the country – “Away Game” is about blacks and whites, past and present, love and longing, about the curious bonds of family despite decades of separation – about baseball as common ground.


Provenance of the Stones, 
by Patricia Josefchak

Agatha Haggarty is young, beautiful, and a hag—as healers were called in the old country. It is the 1850s, and Aggie is on her way to the Province of Canada by sailing ship guided by a tale handed down to her from her mum. It’s an arduous month at sea and her adventures begin when she befriends Jen and Donnah, bunks with an orphan, and is shocked to discover that he is on board.

The seasoned, weary travelers land at the port of Quebec, and Aggie makes an unexpected decision. She and her companions travel together farther inland to Upper Canada, where their fortunes and adventures begin to weave together at Victoria’s Inn.

They combine their resources and settle in a cottage not far from Perth. It is a sturdy, modest log house with a large stone fireplace. Her mum had foretold, “…heed stones of hearth for secrets deep and search for stone of truths to keep…”

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