Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Fickle Transatlantic Wind

I'm delighted to welcome author Elizabeth Bourne to my blog today. Her recently released novel, A Fickle Wind, is an inspirational rags-to-riches story of an English girl who moves to North America. Elizabeth Bourne is a fellow ex-pat Brit, just like me, so I jumped at the chance to invite her to my blog.

Elizabeth Bourne left England as a young woman and now divides her time between California and Canada. Travel is still an important priority but she also enjoys participating in family life with her two daughters and her grandchildren. The seed to write was planted many years ago but it was not until recently, when Bourne had the uninterrupted time to devote to it, that she decided to fulfill her long-time ambition to be a writer.  A Fickle Wind is her debut novel.

So here is Elizabeth Bourne to tell you herself what the book is about, and what inspired her to write it. Thank you for visiting my blog Elizabeth.

I decided to write A FICKLE WIND because I felt I had something to impart to many prospective readers.  It had been a lifelong dream to write a book, and I had encountered many interesting people along the way whose stories would often make an impression on me, instilling the urge to preserve them some way, somehow.  But mine was a busy life and there never seemed to be enough time, until quite recently, to really concentrate on writing.  I am glad I seized the opportunity as there has been much satisfaction in actually producing a finished, and well-received book.

My heroine’s life has had unbelievable swings from helplessness and hopelessness, to pinnacles she could never have envisioned.  The strength that was expected of her by her mother at a very early age stood her in good stead for what would be needed to survive the many twists and turns she found she had to face.  These challenges, for the most part, were attributable to what was possible in America compared to the England into which she had been born.  Had she stayed there she believed her life would have resembled the muted gray sky so often overhead, compared to the brilliant blue of California.  Canada provided her transitional years which allowed her to absorb a somewhat more sophisticated exposure in preparation for her growth, the multiple changes, demands, and rewards that lay ahead.  Things would have been so different had she not had the adventurous spirit that drove her to seek fields that were definitely greener on the other side of the Atlantic!

Included in the book are explanations and information on various areas that could be valuable to anyone who may be encountering experiences with which she was confronted and which touch many lives. Her journey was not an easy one and there were many setbacks along the way but she was determined, resilient, and upwardly mobile in her quest for a life well lived.  However, when the price became too high and the risk of losing herself became too great, she changed course. It was never acceptable, nor possible, to compromise her own sense of self-worth.  There was always that protective line in the sand that she managed to maintain throughout her story.  I find it is usually the death of the dream that makes us hesitant to face changes in our lives that need to be made but, unless we do, we continue to live our lives on someone else’s terms, and this is then a life half lived, not well lived.  A FICKLE WIND is an interesting study of someone prevailing under adversity, and shining through.

Moving from one country to another certainly left me feeling tossed on the storms of culture at times, with my sense of self-worth blowing in the wind. I'm sure I would really enjoy reading this novel, and I'm sure many others will too. It sounds a fascinating book. Thank you for introducing it to us, Elizabeth.

A Fickle Wind is available from
and wherever good books are sold.

A rags to riches story, chronicled initially through the eyes of a child born into war-torn Britain who refused to accept that the lackluster life she knew would be all she could possibly expect. The escape route was via Canada, where the impossible seemed possible and her hopes were nourished and thrived. These were the transitional years, so different from the England into which she had been born, and preparing her for what was to come—a life well lived, in the miracle called America. A page-turning journey with strong characters strewn with joy, sorrow, laughter and tears; a first novel that is compelling to the last sentence. Inspirational: when you don’t know where to turn and difficult challenges are blown in by a fickle wind, hold on for dear life and you will weather the storm. You will awaken one morning to an azure, cloudless sky, and a zephyr will gently stir the leaves and open your heart to a new beginning.

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