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Yvonne Hertzberger is a native of the Netherlands who immigrated to Canada in 1950. She is married with two grown children, (one married) and resides quietly in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark in a 130 year old, tiny, brick cottage, where she plans to live out her retirement. She calls herself a jill-of-all-trades and a late bloomer. Her many past paid jobs included banking, day care, residential care for challenged children, hairdressing (her favourite) retail, and customer service. She enjoys gardening, singing, the theatre, decorating and socializing with friends and family
Hertzberger is an alumna of The University of Waterloo, first with a B.A. in psychology, then and Hon. B.A. Sociology and stopped ½ a thesis short of an M.A. in Sociology. She has always been an avid student of human behaviour. This, and her personal experiences are what give her the insights she uses to develop the characters in her writing.
Hertzberger came to writing late in life, hence the label ‘late bloomer’. Her first Fantasy novel “Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum” was published in 2009. The second volume in the planned trilogy “Through Kestrel’s Eyes” is available currently and the third book in the trilogy “The Dreamt Child” was published in December 2013.
on July 22, 2016 :
I fell in love with Hertzberger’s storytelling with “Back from Chaos,” and having just finished the third book in her “Earth’s Pendulum” series, I’m sad to see it completed. It seems fitting to say that I feel as though I’ve spent time in a unique world that is vast and intimate, and yet full of life. The political intrigue that begins in the first book continues throughout the next two, but it is different and we are introduced to a new set of problems with novel characters. The balance between the old and the new speaks to the evolution of Hertzberger’s world, and the mastery with which she lets it develop.
One of the story’s worthiest elements is its focus on family and union. There is a sense in this narrative, as with the others, that partnerships between spouses, between compatriots, between sons and fathers, mothers and sons, etc., do the world more good than can be imagined. To live any other way is to bring the chaos, and Hertzberger does a fine job, in all its subtlety, of using her characters to show her reader such truth. When Liannis breaks with tradition to become a seer who takes a partner, she must deal with the social stigma but also accept another into the life she had assumed would be spent without romantic interest. Yet Merrist is not merely the comfort Liannis needs to sustain her, but may very well be her source of energy, of life, and of love.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 25, 2014 :
Great read. Enjoyed the intrigues and the spiritual nature of the story
(reviewed within a month of purchase)