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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Calgary Report

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 18, 2010

A month in Calgary for a grandchild fix, a chance to do a bit of book promo and enjoy some lovely autumn color long before it comes to our trees south of the border, although I've learned that the iconic red maple leaf doesn't appear in the Alberta praries.

One of the highlights of our day yesterday was exploring the excellent military museums with displays that put the viewer in scenes typical of those encountered by soldiers in both World War I and II.  I was particularly interested in the World War I displays because my airplane reading was Dolores Gordon-Smith's excellent novel of that period FRANKIES' LETTER, not a battlefield novel, but rather, a spy novel about Anthony Brooke,  a young Englishman who had studied in Germany before the war and passed himself off as a native German as a student prank, but used the skill in deadly seriousness serving the intelligence service.  The tables are turned when Anthony discovers that there is a German spy doing the same thing in England, passing himself off as an English gentleman.  The action moves swiftly from Germany to London to the English countryside, but in the background of everyone's mind are the all-too-real horrors of the mud-clogged trenches.

Books like FRANKIE'S LETTER and Anne Perry's SHOULDER THE SKY series and experiences like viewing the Calgary Military Museums are valuable reminders of how much we owe to those who serve to preserve our freedoms.

 

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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It's nice to hear from you in Canada, Donna! The photos are really good and the aeroplane displays sound just my sort of thing. When I did a visit to the battlefields of the Western Front in Belgium and France, one of the most moving memorials was Vimy Ridge, where the Canadians gave so much. Particularly moving was the film, showed in the visitor centre, of home movies, I suppose you'd call them, of images of the Canadians caught on camera before the war. It seemed to sum up the happiness of that sort of "Anne of Green Gables" life and made their sacrifice (because the Canadians became virtually the shock troops of the Allies) all the more poignant. Thank you, too, for mentioning Frankie's Letter. It's a very first World War book and I tried to present the war as they saw it, to be true, as much as I could, to the time.
-Dolores, September 19, 2010

Thank you for your informative comment, Dolores. There was a display of the battle of Vimy Ridge at the museum, but I hadn't realized the Canadians were the shock troops. It doesn't bear thinking of, really. Lee told me that the Canadians liberated Holland in WWII and Fr. Greene, the retired priest here at St. John's was part of that. The superb research you did really makes Frankie's Letter shine.
-Donna, September 19, 2010

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