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Top Grade: K-8 & High School, Fall 2016

Taking a Chance on Love
By (author): Mary Razzell
Mary Razzell


Ronsdale Press



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Paperback , Trade
Mar 15, 2016
$11.95 CAD


7.63in x 5.25 x 0.39 in | 180 gr

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180 pages
Ronsdale Press
Falling in love creates an enchanted time, and when it's on the magical Sunshine Coast of British Columbia during the Second World War, it is never to be forgotten. The increased emotions of a country at war and the heartache as many of the young men join up to serve their country are always present. A special music becomes the background. It is the era of the big band, and Glen Miller, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra top the Hit Parade on the radio each week. For Meg, who is seventeen, it is a special time, but she is also living in an isolated village. She has only one other girl for company, and the highlight of the day is the daily arrival of Union Steamship with the mail and supplies. A summer job at the local guesthouse introduces her to a number of boys with whom she strikes up a friendship. But it is Bruce, a young naval officer who has been badly burned in the Battle of the Atlantic, who most interests her. He's bitter, she's naive, but they fall in love. And yes, they live happily ever after.

When Mary's three children were in high school, she took a night-school writing course offered by the Vancouver School Board and sold an article written in that class. Encouraged, she became a part-time student at the University of British Columbia, studied creative writing with George McWhirter, and wrote an adult novel in a tutorial with Carol Shields. This novel was later rewritten as Snow Apples, for young adults, and short-listed for Governor General's Award. Mary's poetry, articles and short stories have been published and broadcast internationally. She has a broad working background as a nurse and was the project worker for An Oral History of Nursing in B.C. Certified as a Childbirth Educator, she taught prenatal classes at Grace Hospital in Vancouver until her retirement in the '90s. She is currently a fourth-year student at UBC, majoring in English literature.

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