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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-830714-9
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 132 pages
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    • 978-1-03-830715-6
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 132 pages
  • Keywords
    • Ontario memoir,
    • personal memoir,
    • bed and breakfast,
    • innkeeper memoir,
    • Bruce Trail,
    • Owen Sound,
    • Holly Cottage

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Return to Holly Cottage
More Tales from a B&B
by Norma Collis

Like entering the home of an old friend, Return to Holly Cottage is a second collection of stories from the beloved 1878 stone farmhouse, otherwise known as “the house that hugs you.” Located in Canada’s southern Georgian Bay near the famous Bruce Trail, Holly Cottage was a beloved country Bed & Breakfast frequented by fascinating guests and surrounded by quirky neighbours. Some guests were looking for love, others for a bit of peace and quiet. One particularly memorable Italian-speaking guest was “looking for a bear.” Charmed by the beautiful gardens, pristine natural surroundings, and caring hosts, guests returned to Holly Cottage over and over again. Readers, too, will return again and again to these smart, wryly funny, and deeply touching stories.

"This book reminds me of some of the people and stories in James Herriot books. It's a fun and lighthearted read .I hope there will be a volume 2." —Janet Casey Port Perry Probus Club "A year after moving in they learned that David's grandparents had lived in that same house, built in 1878, when they first emigrated from Ireland." —Chris Abbott, Norfolk and Tillsonburg News March 29, 2022 "Her book is a collection of sweet and funny reminiscences of their 15 years as innkeepers." —On My Bookshelf: April 13,2022 Meaford

Norma Collis worked as an elementary school teacher for thirty-three years, with twenty of those years spent as a teacher librarian. An avid, lifelong reader and writer, Norma also runs a monthly event called “Messy Church,” for families in the community. Travel to England inspired she and her husband David to open a B&B of their own, Holly Cottage, which they ran for fifteen years. Norma is the author of Welcome to Holly Cottage (Iguana Press, 2021). She lives in Tillsonburg, Ontario, with her husband, David and their two new rescue cats.


Norma Collis
Brian Holstein

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