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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-916723-0
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 416 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-916724-7
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 416 pages
  • Keywords
    • fictionalized family history,
    • German Canadians,
    • 1930s homesteading,
    • St. Lina Alberta,
    • Abbotsford British Columbia,
    • raspberry farming,
    • stable loving family story

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The Life of Eugene and Elizabeth
by Marie E. Rickwood

The Canadian Homestead Act, patented in 1871, gave farmers a new start when they lost their farm to taxes. This novel chronicles the life of Homesteaders, Eugene, and Elizabeth, during the depression one century ago. It will show how their Catholic Faith sustained them during these difficult times. As you read, you will cheer for them as they make their way through childbirth, sickness, and grave disappointments. Most of all you will admire their tenacity to succeed.

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Marie Elizabeth Rickwood lives in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada with her husband, Val Fenton. She is proud to say she has raised six wonderful children and today enjoys her many grandchildren. Writing and painting have always been part of her life. More recently she has painted portraits of her children which are on display in her home. Together with her husband, Val Fenton, they are part of Nanaimo’s dance society and go dancing once or twice a week. They also belong to the Nanaimo North Probus Club. Prior to her retirement in the year 2000, Marie was an Office Administrator/Accountant in Nanaimo for 30 years, and she also, during that time, owned and operated a catering business called, Maria’s Catering Food and Bar Service. She catered many banquets in the Nanaimo area, and with great success catered a political convention in Victoria, B.C. for a crowd of 400 which included the Premier of the province. Marie's slogan for her catering business was: ‘Pleasing Palate and Pocketbook’. Other books Marie has written are: Hornets In The Office; Behind the Smoke - co-authored with her husband, Val Fenton, retired District Fire Chief, and her most recent novel, Rules For Living On Earth, of which she has a sequel in progress. Marie welcomes any comments you may have by emailing:


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