Memorial or Remembrance or Veterans’ Days come and go, but a love that rose out of the ashes of a World War shines on. It recently inspired an official reviewer for OnlineBookClub.org to give it a 4 out of 4 rating and recommend it as “a rare treat for the modern generation”.
Here is what it says:
“How does it feel to see life through the eyes of our ancestors? Primitive? Romantic? Or down right sacred? For me, a culmination of all three.
This is indeed an unusual love story, a tribute to innocent and pure love. There has been no dramatization of this love story, no passion forced, yet the hard journey of two souls are depicted in their own words. The protagonists were from two different backgrounds. Kathleen Elizabeth was the daughter of a city councillor in Portsmouth, England while Jack was a farmer from Cookstown, Ontario, Canada. Though he was a farmer’s son he signed up to open a Methodist teaching and preaching mission at God’s Lake, Manitoba. His main aim was to evangelize the Aboriginals.Jack was no weakling and he had to go through many hardships in his daily life to bring some form of civilization to the Cree.
Before Jack settled there the Aboriginals had gone through days of no light, tomahawks, rifles pots pans… the list can go on. In other words they were uncivilized. Civilization from the White man got them the basic necessities but the women folk were abused by the men. Jack knew he had to set up an exemplary example to get their trust and love. He set up schools where he motivated the students and their parents to start learning. His school started with one kid and slowly it built up in strength to 21 kids. He started making a difference.
Kathleen on the other hand was studying at medical school till her fiancé died in World War I. Then she had a nervous breakdown and started managing her family’s bakery café. Though she liked Jack, she felt she could not lead the hardships of that kind of life. She refused to marry him when he asked her for the first time, much to the dismay of her family. But that started a series of correspondence between them.
It is quite romantic the way Jack would wait for her letters. How much trouble he had to go through to get those letters! Maybe this story is not passionate in the telling sense but I found his actions in order to get the letters not only passionate but also emotional. It might be difficult to be a knight in shining armor but to love someone across the globe takes a lot of determination and loyalty. A rare combination in today’s world.
How they eventually meet and marry and Kathleen faces the hardships of the journey are written beautifully in their diary which is beautifully presented by Margaret Kell Virany.
4 out of 4 stars
This is a very difficult piece to present to the world. It carries a part of your heart and you cannot twist it in any way without taking the authenticity away from the raw emotions of Jack and Kathleen. It has been a pleasure to glimpse the world through their eyes. A rare treat for the modern generation indeed!”
Quoted from http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=13369
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I’ll be at Britton’s Glebe, 846 Bank St., Ottawa on Sat., Aug. 9, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to honor the WWI 100th anniversary. Please drop in if you would like to chat and pick up a signed copy of my book.