Wendy Bertsch is a Canadian author—a pragmatic optimist with rather eclectic interests and a pervasive sense of humour.
Toronto born and bred, she lives by the lake with a motley array of dogs and a cat, in a comfortable old house filled with books. Over a thousand books. Books in every nook and cranny.
Her first book, Once More, From the Beginning, highlights the women in the bible. It's about time! And believe me, they see things quite differently.
And in Dodging Shells, you'll meet the irrepressible Tommy, as he fights his way through Italy in World War II.
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(5.00 from 3 reviews)
The war is raging through Italy in 1943, and a young Canadian soldier struggles to stay alive. But nothing can dampen his sense of humour—not hunger or horror or the shellfire that doesn’t always miss. Not month after month in the thick of the fight. Tommy is irrepressible.
It doesn’t sound like much fun? Well, it is...the way Tommy tells it. And furthermore—it’s all true.
Once More, From the Beginning
(4.63 from 8 reviews)
Here’s a new look at the Old Testament...but this time the women’s voice gets the prominence it deserves. Always witty, often funny, and definitely never boring, the women’s common sense outlook puts quite a different spin on the stories you think you remember. The men have had their way with history for far too long. Let’s see that ancient world through a woman’s eyes. You may be surprised!
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- The Pict
on Feb. 11, 2011
This beautifully written book tells the story of the warrior Calach, first among equals, who led the wily and indomitable Picts against the invading Roman Legions.
His nobility of spirit and deep love for his warrior wife add depth to gripping descriptions of the guerrilla raids and battles waged by the Picts in their efforts to keep their people free.
I enjoyed this inspiring account of a little-known time in history, riveting for all historical fiction readers, and certainly a must-read for all Scots!
- The Red Gate
on June 03, 2011
An Irish shepherd, early in the twentieth century, narrowly avoids a muddy death, and escapes with an ancient relic. A good luck charm? Not much. The academic world casts an acquisitive eye on the site, and isn’t too particular how they get it.
Amidst haunting, evocative descriptions of the Irish countryside, Sutton presents the Irish country folk with a remarkable dignity of character. They’re simple in their lifestyle, but they’re definitely no fools. And he contrasts these with villains you’ll love to hate. The outcome is intriguing and mysterious, with a uniquely Irish touch of the paranormal.
- No Roads Lead to Rome
on Aug. 07, 2011
This tongue-in-cheek adventure chases a Roman centurion and his Jewish conscript through Spain in a delightfully ridiculous effort to successfully complete what he hopes is his last mission. All he wants is to retire comfortably . . . to Rome.
The action bounces back and forth between Valerius the Centurion and the decadent governor he serves. There are a few places where blocks of time appear to have been misplaced, but the missing transitions just keep us stumbling along like the faulty paving stones under the Centurion’s feet, doing the story no harm at all and reinforcing the rollicking pace.
It brought to mind Don Quixote, with its wry humor. I’m not a big fan of farce (Don Quixote itself has never been a favorite of mine), but it’s presented here with such an insouciant touch that I enjoyed it right to the last irresistible image in its final line.
- The Gatekeepers
on April 16, 2012
Richard Sutton’s ability to paint a rich picture of the Irish countryside and to portray a warm and loving Irish family continues undiminished in this sequel to The Red Gate.
Even in the countryside, the O’Deirgs are unable to avoid involvement in the violence of Ireland’s fight for independence, and the sudden arrival of their unknown American cousins doesn’t make it easier. But through it all, their mysterious secret gives them hope.
The rather remarkable mystical connection of the O’Deirg women is mirrored in the American aboriginal background of their new family connection. Can they keep their secret from her? Should they?
- The Stainless Steel Coffin
on April 16, 2012
You don't have to be familiar with the industry to appreciate the humour in this anecdote. Fortunately, mankind displays enough quirks to keep all businesspeople from getting too complacent, and the pragmatic solution to this particular dilemma is sure to improve your day.
The author has combined the knowledge of an insider with skilfully built suspense and a wry sense of the ridiculous.
on Oct. 19, 2012
This is as good a piece of prehistoric fiction as I've read. The characters are engaging and the story is gripping and plausible.
The author's research is sound, and he's left us leeway to believe that the 'trolls' may have survived long enough to be a vestigial memory in fairy tales. I like that.
The less entertaining take-away, of course, is the serious probability that some of our more unreasoning prejudices have very deep roots..