When we are young, we dream dreams. We fantasize about things we want to do, places we want to go, what we wish to be. Then, it is up to us, to time, chance and fortune, as to whether those dreams will come true.
A native of Nova Scotia, Peter L. McCreath grew up in the west end of Toronto, but has lived the last fifty odd years back in rural Nova Scotia. He is an educator and historian by training, but an entrepreneur by choice. He has led, to say the least, a very eclectic life, as a naval officer, teacher, author, union official, television broadcaster, honorary consul, Chair of Nova Scotia’s liquor monopoly, banker, human rights advocate, Member of Parliament and cabinet minister.
Through Exquisite Destinations, he shares some fascinating adventures and experiences he has had in close to a hundred countries around the world. Each chapter is based on a different country drawn from the five major continents. He has specifically focussed on countries that are less well-known and visited by the average traveller from Canada or the United States. All of the stories and experiences are true; there is no fiction here! But, there is adventure, life-threatening events, helping the disadvantaged and meeting presidents, prime ministers, and revolutionaries.
McCreath writes: “I’m sure you will enjoy this book and the stories it contains, and learning about countries that you may not have or even thought of visiting – but perhaps should. I have learned that there are many ways to be rich, beyond financial wealth: friendships, special relationships, meeting interesting people of different languages and cultures, good health and an abundance of unique and memorable experiences. These are some of mine and I invite you to share them with me.”
The book is part memoir, part travelogue and part adventure, with a good helping of history in each of the chapters. If these are not destination you’ve contemplated, perhaps you should or at least put some on your bucket list. This is Peter’s eighth full-length publication.
NEW January 2018: fourth novel from Dolores (Anna) Moffatt-Careless
Dancing on The Third Step 9781895914576 – 5 x 8 novelette; 54 pages $9.95 e-book (ePub3) : $4.95 9781895814569 ( Kobo, Kindle)
(Novelette): In 2012 yet another jar was uncovered near Qumran. The jar contains a memoir written by Mary, the mother of Jesus. It becomes known as Mary’s Jar. Whereas to date the world has only had glimpses of Mary through Matthew, Luke-acts, John and the Protoevangelium of James, now we discover the humanity of a questioning literate wife and mother. She loves to dance. She is overflowing with human feeling and emotion that supersedes her chosen position – a woman hand-picked to bear one of the most unforgettable men of all time. She knows He is special, makes allowances for His uniqueness and suffers emphatically as mothers do. We travel back in time and enjoy the life and times of Jesus as seen through the eyes of Mary.
“The priest put the child on the third step of the altar and the Lord God put grace upon the child, and she danced for joy with her feet”. Protoevangelium of James, 7.3
Prologue: Since the Nissan and the death of my Son, I could but remember and weep. Now that my eyes are dry and scarred from so many tears, I know it is time to write my story. Every season, I carefully write several pages; it is time consuming because I must plan what I shall write. I hope any errors will be small, for once it is written, there is no going back. Some day, after I have joined my Son, the truth shall be revealed. Until then, it will be stored within a jar. For some time I remained with John; Jesus had placed me under his care. John and my son James still come to visit but they are very busy with Christian teachings. I am back in Nazareth and although my brethren visit when they can, I am mostly alone. Some of my children have left for distant lands, fearing reprisals. They asked me to go with them but I want to be where my Joseph lies buried and where I can still see the spirit of my Son running across the square and hear the echo of His voice in this house.
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A sophisticated, imperious but resilient mother and heroine strives to keep herself and her family together during the Revolutionary War (American War of Independence) with her husband and sons away from home on opposite sides in the conflict: Loyalist vs. Patriot; from New York to Saint John (1775 – 83). An historically accurate and linguistic masterpiece for all avid readers — complete with the appurtenances of a new super-novel suitable for film or stage.
This is the first of the ‘supernovels’, with three themes in one book. Primarily it is an historical novel set during the American Revolutionary War (War of Independence) from 1775-1783. It is a story of a family split along political lines, where the father (a military Colonel who fought with Wolfe at Louisbourg and Quebec) and one son are loyal to the King, while the other son serves with the Continental Army under George Washington. This son serves with Benedict Arnold during the campaigns along Lake Champlain and the ill-fated attack on Quebec City. Later the sons meet at Yorktown with the surrender with British General Charles Cornwallis.
The mother, Sulla Dramma, is the chief protagonist and heroine, who lives for the duration in New York, from where she was eventually evacuated to Saint John, N.B. to join her husband at the end of hostilities. She suffers many personal indignities, including imprisonment in an asylum for the insane (Luza Prison), but is resolute throughout it all to hold her family, (and her New York home which she adores), together. She is a courageous and especially literate woman who wants her sons to be educated as well, but the war has intervened. Her primary contact with the front and her family is through many letters throughout the novel, in which she assiduously corrects for grammar and spelling, not only of her two boys and husband, but even of the great writers and newspaper columnists of the day.
It is a story of the Loyalist/Royalist versus the Patriots/Rebels depending upon which side one is on. The language used is both sophisticated and late 18th Century. It also contains many rhyming couplets and a dozen original musical scores. The emphasis on language is intriguing, especially when arguments between the author and editor erupt as the story reaches a conclusion. It is a masterful mix of historical drama with real historical characters and those created by the author. The details of battles won and lost from 1775-80, including the commanders on both sides, are accurately reflected throughout this 334 page novel.
The novel is an ideal candidate for a film or stage production. The cover is an original painting by portrait artist Jacqui Mitchell.
SECOND PRINTING: the first printing sold out in ten weeks after its original release. The authors are: John B. O’Brien with his daughter, Devonna (O’Brien) Edwards.
20% off this best-selling memoir from World War II … one of very few, as well as the last one written by a front line combat soldier, who survived his war wounds to take his place in society as a pharmacist, raised a large family and contributed to the youth of his adopted community. all of the royalties from this publication are donated to KidsSport Nova Scotia in honour of John B O’Brien
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This book is an unabridged memoir written by and for infantrymen who bore the brunt of war. It chronicles the hardships of the footslogger struggling through the mud and cold, witnessing the torn flesh and death of comrades at arms, penned with a poignant humour and sprinkled with lessons learned,as a boy is transformed into a man during his journey “to and through the gates of hell and back”.
It is the story of the Canadian First Division’s determined and bloody fight through Sicily and Italy, a fight that ended for John Bentley O’Brien on the outskirts of Ortona (The Gully). Follow this personal account from his initial enlistment in the Halifax Rifles in 1940 as a member of the signal corps – to his stint in the Merchant Marine sailing in U-boat infested waters and his subsequent court martial – to his transfer to the West Nova Scotia Regiment with whom he served overseas from 1942-44 – and with whom he remained connected through 40 years of reunions and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Cover is by well-known portrait artist and illustrator, Jacqui Mitchell.
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