Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.
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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History
A traveling researcher engages people and places from Britain's past and present, drawing comparisons and contrasts between past and present for today's reader.
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 5, 2019
My first visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake was many years ago when our son, who lived in Buffalo at the time, took us across the border for a visit. I instantly fell in love. English-themed shops, amazing floral displays everywhere, an authentic Edwardian hotel...
Little did I realize that was only the tip of the iceberg. In 2012 my husband, a devout “Wall Street Journal” reader, saw a rave review of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Yes! We had already planned a trip to...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 23, 2019
Due to the leisurely pace and time spent sitting on sidings, enforced by the policy that gives priority to freight trains, and due to the extensive shipping of goods from one side of the continent to another, our trip on the Canadian has extended to another day. By Day 3 we were 11 hours behind schedule—absolutely no problem to me. Yesterday, crossing the Canadian Shield, we had a firm foundation of rock under our tracks, which made increasing speed possible. We made up 2 hours.
Today we journey through the St. Lawrence Forest which extends on both sides of the Manitoba-Ontario border...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 14, 2019
Almost all Americans are familiar with the Minnesota motto “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” And even just driving through the state, one finds that is an impressive number of lakes—especially to someone who lives in a desert. So, you can imagine how impressed Stan and I were as the Canadian rumbled through lake-spangled eastern Canada.
This area is known as the Canadian Shield where a billion years ago or so (who’s counting?) glaciers scoured thousands of lakes.
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 6, 2019
Yoan, our lovely steward, born in Brittany, but now from Vancouver, brought me my morning tea somewhere along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.
“Oh, you’re still here.” I was surprised because I had understood that they would change crews at Winnipeg in the middle of the night.
He grinned. “Yes, we’re eleven hours late. We’ll be to Winnipeg soon. But don’t worry. We’ll make up a lot of the time.”
I leaned back on my pillows and sipped my tea as the Saskatoon River flowed...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 24, 2019
I am a Rocky Mountains girl. I’ve lived almost all of my life within sight of the Sawtooths, a range of the Rockies. We have traversed the Colorado Rockies many times on family trips and when our daughter and family lived in Calgary we made regular jaunts over the Canadian Rockies.
I was amazed, however, to discover what a very different experience viewing the Canadian Rockies was from the train. One feels so close to nature on the train. The right-of-ways are narrow and the entire panorama is just beyond your window.
We had an early morning stop at Jasper in the northern end of Jasper National Park, often...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 16, 2019
I have loved train travel since I was a little girl when our family took the Union Pacific from Boise to Detroit to get a new car—something quite often done in those days. More recently, I have dreamed of crossing Canada on the Canadian for many years. Just sitting there and watching all that beautiful scenery roll by—what could be more relaxing?
Our Great Adventure did not get off to a relaxing start, however. We began with a visit to...