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  • Keywords
    • Carpathian Germans,
    • Family Stories,
    • Scattered Family,
    • WWII Germany,
    • Post-WWII Germany,
    • German Refugees,
    • Siberian Work Camp

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Just Breathe
by Ilona Salley

The early 1900s were a time of great turmoil in both North America and Europe—two great wars devastated the lives of all. As if that were not enough, the Great Depression threw the world into chaos, the Spanish Flu decimated populations, and the Dust Bowl disrupted all of North America. Everywhere, there was a terrible struggle just to survive. People looked to the USA and Canada for a better life, and immigration flooded North America. This story follows one family caught up in all the best and all the worst that life has to offer, a family torn apart, striving to reunite. Moments of joy lighten the load, along with feelings of tenderness; they learn forgiveness for their own human failings and for those of others. Courage grows within them as they face adversity. And they experience the greatest gift of all—love.

Spanning the continents of Europe and North America, this riveting story tells of a family’s struggle to survive World War II. It is a tale of deep emotions, of turmoil, and of the power of the human spirit. —Sheila Horne, author of Sunshine Girls, Paper Sun, Place in the Sun

Ilona Salley emigrated from Germany to Canada at a young age. Her interest in history, architecture, and different cultures has led her to travel to all parts of the world. After a long career in teaching, she and her husband combined work with travel and taught briefly in England and in China. She is constantly learning and has turned to one of her favourite activities, writing. This is her second novel. The first one, an international thriller called Yesterday is Never Gone, received an Editor’s Choice Award.


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