Heather McBriarty fell in love with books very early in her life and began writing her own stories not long after. History has long fascinated her. But both took a back seat for many years, as her career in health care and life as a mother took over. Fast forward to 2019, when the discovery of love letters to her grandmother reignited the desire to write a book, resulting in her first publication, the non-fiction account of the First World War, Somewhere in Flanders: Letters from the Front. Heather now regularly delivers lectures on the war, a period of history that has become a passion. By day, she is still a Medical Radiation Technologist and lives by the sea in historic Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Can love survive the trauma of war?
Torn between love and duty. Defying gender norms. All they want is a life together but the thundering guns of Europe might make that impossible…
“Dazzling in its historical details, and written with a spare beauty, “Amid the Splintered Trees” brings to life the First World War and the impossible romance of a young man and a young woman caught up in it. Evocative and wonderfully written.” —Darrell Duthie, author of Malcolm MacPhail’s Great War
“…an exceptional story… McBriarty has done her research. She will take you into the muddy trenches. You will experience the fear, the loneliness of men at war and more importantly, you will share the characters’ hope for a better future.
—Allan Hudson, The Miramichi Reader
What if you were in love with someone but you are called to go to war?
The true story of one young man’s journey from Canada to Flanders told in his own words.
“Somewhere in Flanders: Letters from the Front, is a remarkable true telling of what it was like in the trenches during the First World War. It is also a poignant love story. This is a well-crafted book, offering the reader a sobering reminder of the hardships of war and the loving words that helped James Johnstone to carry on.”
-The Miramichi Reader review
“Johnstone’s letters are evocative and fluent, and a testament to the pride he must have taken in crafting them. Not to be outdone by Johnstone, McBriarty’s writing is stellar, and her chronology of events outlining the story blends seamlessly with Johnstone’s letters.
—Ken Baird, author of Yukon Audit and Yukon Revenge
Short Stories and Reviews
Read it here on The Miramichi Reader: https://miramichireader.ca/2022/01/the-lost-by-heather-mcbriarty/
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Review of A Canadian Nurse in the Great War by Dr. Ross Hebb: https://miramichireader.ca/2021/10/a-canadian-nurse-in-the-great-war-the-diaries-of-ruth-loggie-1915-1916-edited-by-ross-hebb/
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