Shivering Cold on Western Fronts!

Shivering cold on two Western Fronts, Miss Penny speaking. I have you guessing. You see, the novel Susan finished last week is set on the Western Front 1917 and we live in the Western side of Ottawa and we’re talking about shivering. Hee-hee, get it, Western and its cold on both fronts. I thought that was clever. Okay maybe not, but I’m a dog remember? Last week we talked about the completion of Heart of Sophie’s War. During the first re-write … really! There’s more than one rewrite? Oh well, Susan knows best. I listen intently as she reads aloud, it helps her pick up weird words or muddled sentences. It’s a good job as the grammar police would have a field day and they can be brutal. As the story progresses, winter is setting in at the casualty clearing station and it’s getting cold on the Western Front, snow and freezing temperatures. I was shivering just listening. These poor nurses lived in canvas tents surrounded by frost and snow,

A cold frigid night

they worked in flimsy marquees or wooden huts for wards, heated by a wood or paraffin stove. Many of these women, especial volunteer aides (VAD) were used to wearing fur coats in not so cold England. Almost every piece of clothing they owned was worn. This quote says it all. “We all shivered into our warmest woollies, packed them tight on us like the leaves of a head of lettuce.” Quoted from A Volunteer Nurse in the Western Front by Olive Dent This book was reproduced from Olive Dent’s personal journal as a VAD in the Great War. A great historical read with accuracy and humour. First published in 1917 and republished in 2014. Well, that has taken the wind out of my sails, I maybe shivering on the cold Western front of Ottawa but I have a warm apartment to sleep in and my walks last ten minutes when it’s cold, even shorter when the wind chill is  -31c. I kid you not, Susan actually expected me to walk in that, of course I dug my heals in and she picked me up and we went home. 

The prequel Ruins in Silk .99c or free (e-book only), also available in paperback on Amazon. The story of Sophie’s young life in Lucca Italy on her father’s silk farm and in Derby England at the family’s silk mill but tragedy strikes and Sophie’s life is dramatically changed. Book 1 of the series Prelude to Sophie’s War  is set at the Bartley Hospital in London England as Sophie starts her nursing career and before she nurses in the Great War.

Sophie’s story continues in Prelude to Sophie’s War   – London 1915, German Zeppelin attacks are not the only thing Sophie battles at Bartley Hospital. Will her courage be enough to keep her sane and alive? Book 2 Heart of Sophie’s War is coming soon.


The Blue Pendant  is Susan’s biggest selling novel and the first in The Sackville Hotel Trilogy If you like the elegance of Edwardian Society and decades spanning adventures you’ll love this trio. Start reading Anna’s story in The Blue Pendant. Take a peak at the new cover. E-book or paperback click here

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She defies Edwardian protocol. Avoids marriage, but loves twice. Anna’s epic story of a strong woman’s determination and courage spans two continents and three decades.

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Susan A Jennings: Author teacher and founder of Just for Writers providing workshops, retreats and groups for writers and founding member of The Ottawa Story Spinners a local writers group, who have published five volumes of the Black Lake Chronicles a collection of eclectic stories and articles. Susan likes to be involved in the local writing community and is currently the Past-President of Ottawa Independent Writers. Originally from the UK Susan is a long-time resident of Ottawa. She writes and publishes, short stories and cozy mysteries. Several of her short stories are e-published and the Blue Heron Mysteries, Books 1&2, which is a collection of Hannah Wilton (amateur sleuth) mysteries are available on Kobo and Amazon as e-books. Her new historical fiction, The Blue Pendant will be available as a paperback and e-book late November or early December

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