It’s Read an Ebook week at Smashwords.
During recent morning commutes and waiting room sessions, I have been reading the eBook version of Kathleen’s Cariole Ride by Margaret Virany.
After visualizing these early 1900’s struggles and Northern Canada adventures, I kinda feel bad for complaining about the lingering winter conditions here in Eastern Ontario. I appreciated how the author described her parents’ living conditions, the expansive terrain and close-knit community life of survival during the early 1900s.
How can one city mouse feel justified to whimper and moan about cold morning commutes after reading about a pregnant woman’s lengthy ride on a converted sleigh, heading for a safe destination to have her baby?
In an act of whimsy and appreciation, I felt compelled to include this book in the recommended reads by Edgar the Teddy Bear. It’s the most creative use of my Pinterest account since I’m not much of a fashion, shoes, decor and jewelry kind of gal.
Edgar is my childhood toy, teddy bear and confidant. He travelled across the Atlantic in the 1960s with another little girl who later gifted him to me when she was being courted by one of my older brothers.
You may like to pick up a copy of Kathleen’s Cariole ride if you like reading stories published after an author has invested months or years digging through old letters and family photographs, and adding a bit of creative non-fiction in the process of solving a family mystery – or a dark secret.
Think of this: The next time you send an email or text to your sweetheart, think of how Kathleen and Jack would wait weeks for the mail to get through, to cross the ocean that separated them during their budding courtship. Will our children or grandchildren piece together our early adult lives from a box of letters and photographs or those lengthy family reunion ramblings and recollections – or will they retrieve them from an online archive of email, photos and Tweets?
On that cynical note, please visit my other blog at Deep Blonde Thoughts where I lure you into reading The Year of the Rabbit, a novel about fate, family and forgiveness.
Thanks for dropping by – and not waking the tabby.
I’m glad my mother’s story helped you put things in perspective. How things have changed, except for the Canadian winter! Edgar’s my kind of guy, so I’m delighted he’s recommending my book.
Happy you like it!