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Betty Annand was born in Vancouver, but moved to Courtenay when she was ten and has resided there ever since. She began her writing career writing comedy plays for seniors before writing two history books about the early settlers in the Comox Valley. Her first novel was published in 2017. Her second novel was published in 2018 and her third in 2020, thus completing a trilogy. This is Betty’s fourth novel and is based on stories her father told her about his adventures working his way from the East Coast to the West Coast of Canada when he came from England in 1910.

Books and novels by Betty:- Voices from Bevan, Voices from Courtenay Past, The Girl from Old Nichol, The Woman from Dover, The Lady from New York and ……………...

 


 

Coming November, 2021

Canada by Jove is a historic fiction novel about a handsome and daring young Englishman, Bert White, who accompanies his brother, Ernie, on a journey across the ocean to Canada in 1910. They leave England with only a few pence in their pockets, but with their pleasing personalities, musical talents and imaginations, they arrive in Montreal with enough cash to enjoy a few weeks of leisure before looking for employment.

This novel gives the reader a look at various towns and cities from the East Coast to the West Coast of Canada in those early 1900’s and the hardships that early settlers had to endure. Except for the town of Glory, all places mentioned are, or were, real. Bert is willing to try his hand at any job that comes his way but he soon discovers that being a cowboy isn’t as romantic as he had imagined and a hobo’s life isn’t enviable.

Bert meets Nell, a pretty young Canadian girl, in Calgary. They marry and after their fourth child is born, they set out on a journey by car for Vancouver—a four months journey in an older model touring car, loaded down with all their belongings and tenting gear, through mountains and canyons on dirt, trail-like roads. The dangers they encounter on this trip are frightening but the scenery and the towns they visit make it all worth while.