Passages by Anne Hamre
The Journey of a Lifetime
This Epic family saga takes readers across continents into the joys and sorrows of young migrants in the early 20th century.
This year marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, which makes it the perfect time to learn about the little-known, yet rich, history of the country. If we had lived all those years ago, what would the world have looked like? What would our trials have been? Would we experience the highs and lows of life in the same way as we do today? What would our relationships and careers look like?
I always like to start the new year with new books, and I love discovering new authors (or new-to-me authors). This year, my New Years Book is Passages
Gifted author and historian Anne Hamre understands much would be different, but also knows that so much of what makes us human and ties us to one another would stand the test of time. Set in the early years of the 20th Century, Hamre’s sweeping new book Passages transports readers across three continents — Europe, Australia, and North America. It chronicles not just the disparate climates and lifestyles encountered in such far-flung places and the long passages between them, but the lives that are changed by these travels.
We follow Anne Roberts and Frank Evans from their first encounter on Anne’s family farm in North Wales, through the evolution of their friendship, romance, and eventual marriage. While Frank goes off in a multi-continent search for affordable land where he can support the young couple and fulfill his dream of starting a dairy, Anne defies society’s expectations and, acting upon her considerable drive, intelligence, and independence, becomes a schoolteacher. When the two finally relocate to Canada and marry, Anne demonstrates the same determination, will, and adaptability that allowed her to flourish during Frank’s long travels and many travails, and commits all her energy to making their marriage and their future successful.
With Passages, Hamre offers an intricately researched, authentically rendered portrait of both the hardships and triumphs of the age. Readers will share in the longing felt while desperately waiting for letters bearing news of a distant lover and in the joy — and the uncertain dangers — of discovering friendship among strangers when travelling in faraway lands and across oceans. They will experience the piercing ache of loss near and afar, recognize the myriad sources of a spouse’s worry, feel the lifting of spirit that is found in community, and celebrate the enduring steadiness of a couple’s true love.
“It’s so important to recognize how fast the world is changing and how important it is to save those stories and memories from the past,” Hamre says. “If we lose our stories and history, we lose our position in the world.”
Enchanting and memorable, Passages offers:
- A unique view into Canadian history, designed to encourage readers to see that it’s not boring — quite the opposite!
- Insight into the immigrant experience during that era and beyond, and how this experience shapes families forever
- The idea that history, in general, is not just places and events but a stunning tapestry made up of movement
- The unchanged and unshakable human emotions and bonds that withstand the test of time
- And so much more!
Born and raised in B.C., Hamre grew up hearing tales of her grandparents’ lives. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa. She is a skilled historian and now writes full time in Edmonton.
Learn more about Passages at www.annehamre.com
Passages is available at Amazon, Amazon.ca, and at bookstores upon request.
Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-23. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, and binge watching Netflix.
Disclosure: I received samples for testing and review purposes. Opinions in this post are honest, and my own, and have not been altered or influenced in any way.
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