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I was born and raised in a rural village in New Brunswick, Canada, where I lived with my mother and sister in an old farmhouse with a pack of cats and acres of land for roaming. I later moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to attend art college and met my husband, David. We now live in Ottawa, Ontario, with frequent trips home to the Maritimes.
I first fell in love with words as a songwriter. I grew up playing guitar and later studied piano, which became the backdrop for my writing. I also used to write short stories and remember having a deep conversation with my grade four English teacher about the rules of grammar at the time and how I absolutely had to break them because I needed to start my sentence with the word 'and'.
I love to write stories about strong female characters in memorable settings along the East Coast of Canada. My first book Stuck is a coming-of-age story about an Acadian woman growing up in a small fishing village in New Brunswick. My next project, Letters from Labrador, will be released in 2015 and will tell the story of young British nurses working in the beautiful yet unpredictable northern coast of Labrador, Newfoundland.
on Sep. 04, 2013 :
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. But, when I finished it, I felt better about my life and the world I live in. The main character has a problem that many of us face, she is "Stuck" where she is and can't get out of her situation. Set in an authentically real town of Pointe De Chene, her life is hard, but it isn't, hence being "stuck".
I really loved this book, the characters ( even the ones I hated! Such mean people!) the setting and the story. Although "refreshing" is a cliché used too many times in book reviews, it really and truly was refreshing. A great read and I highly recommend.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2013 :
Great cover equals a great read? Not necessarily. But in the case of 'Stuck', the answer turned out to be a resounding yes! I really enjoyed this book, both for its insights into another world - set as it is in Nova Scotia, Canada - and for its uplifting and inspiring conclusion. At the essence of this book is an exploration of the meaning and importance of freedom, as experienced by so many of Stacey D. Atkinson’s compelling characters.
Having accepted the ‘adult in the room’ role, our gutsy heroine, Odette, a modern day cross between Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, is doing everything to keep her ‘unconventional’ family afloat.
As the plot thickens/progresses, Odette’s grit and selflessness had this reader cheering as not one, but two love interests sail into her ‘ordinary life’ from across the seas.
The author’s contemporary storyline is well-paced, entirely believable and interweaves a fascinating cast of characters, faults and all. In doing so, she encapsulates modern-day Canada, both as a destination of choice for refugees and a nation that will be impacted by climate change and rising sea levels.
The dialogue is totally believable, with greetings in French capturing subtly the bi-lingual nature of the characters, a nice touch.
At what of Odette’s own bid for freedom? Will she become 'unstuck', in doing so fulfilling her childhood dreams and living up to her seafaring grand papa’s hopes for her? After all, he likened her to the north star because ‘she burned the brightest’.
All I can say is, read on. There's a lot to like in 'Stuck'.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)