Letters Home: Maritimers and the Great War, 1914-1918 edited by Ross Hebb

This is a real gem of a book and one that any Canadian interested in WWI would enjoy to read; Maritimers especially since all the letters are from soldiers (and a nurse) from Atlantic Canada. Ross Hebb has done a masterful job of editing, collecting and categorizing quite a number of private letters donated by family members to create this insightful, at times entertaining and thoughtful book.… Continue reading

From Old Hollywood to New Brunswick by Charles Foster

After reading this book (it only took a few hours; it is that fascinating and breezily written), I couldn’t help think of a quote from the Joseph Conrad novel The Rescue in which Edith Travers says to herself after Captain Tom Lingard has related all the imminent dangers of the island near where her yacht has grounded.… Continue reading

Those Splendid Girls by Katherine Dewar

Those Splendid GirlsMy Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars

At first I wasn’t that interested in reading about PEI nurses in WWI, but the book is well-researched and contains excerpts from some of the nurses’ private diaries. There are many photos as well and is a good read for anyone interested in the medical aspects of war, and Canada’s involvement in treating soldiers in various hospitals in the field or back in England.Another fact I learned is that nurses held an officer’s rank in the Canadian army, something that no other army did for their nurses.… Continue reading