Donna j. Mann, in consultation with Gordon Bullymore,
A HISTORICAL NOVEL IINTERPRETING
ETHEL'S LIFE, WORK AND WITNESS
Donna sits on front steps of the
"Once Bullymore House"
Same time? Many years later
but same place
"The Bullymore House"
Ethel (centre) and friends having afternoon tea
A RARE FIND: shortlisted as Labour of Love for the Word Press Alive 2008 Contest:
A reader said: "It has a great sense of realism and empathy that is hard for even the most seasoned author to achieve. As the author indicates in her cover letter, a lot of research clearly went into this one. I liked the primary characters very much; I think it can do very well in the marketplace.”
Another reader said: "I have really enjoyed the way form and substance has been given to the lives and individuals within this book. I am proud to have Ethel carry "the lamp" as a Canadian Registered Nurse - to the point, where I would have driven her to that exam myself! The love in the letters to Elsie keep the thread of family woven within the life of Ethel. I actually teared up at times! The very fabric from which this story has so richly been woven speaks to the circle or continuum of life, of love and community . Thank you for giving life to this strong, brave woman, and to give words to a beloved Canadian story - well done!" (G. Gibson R.N., BScN).
A veteran writer remarks: This story is real, believable and a honest interpretation of a prairie nurse.
PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT A RARE FIND
Thank you: You are sending so many wonderful comments. I'd like to share a few:
Pamela Reid writes on her Facebook from Edgerton:
"I've been reading A Rare Find today and feeling like I'm right there with Ethel and Tom in Edmonton! You've written it with such feeling and passion, which shines thru in the characters. My emotions are erupting again and again as Ethel goes thru each joy and trial. I can't put the book down, not getting much work done today. Take a bow Donna, your book is exceptional!"
Terry McBride writes: "I have already read a couple of chapters -- I so enjoyed the background info you sent - what a trooper you are to persevere all those years to completion. I will share the book with some of the ladies from church who are interested in history and midwives.
Mary Burton writes: Many thanks for the book . . . I immediately started to read it and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it. . . . It is truly a wonderful, well written story of Ethel's life. I passed it on to . . and she found it very enjoyable. Now . . . would like to read it.
Pam Reid writes: I’m now half way thru Ethel’s journey, and wishing it wasn’t half done, as I’d like to keep reading more of her remarkable, astonishing story! When I read about Edgerton and Chauvin it gave me a wondrous feeling, to know that she walked, worked, cried, and felt much joy right here where I’m now living.
John Marshall writes: Someone told me this was a woman's book, so I bought one for my wife. Truth be told, she's not getting it until I'm finished. Fascinating!