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Donna Carrick grew up in Canada’s military and now resides in Southern Ontario with her husband Alex and their three children. Along with their beloved family pets, the Carricks spend most of their free time in Ontario’s North Country. The First Excellence draws on their own experience in adopting a child from China.
Sharon E. Cathcart
on Aug. 17, 2011 :
I won't pretend this was an easy book to read, strictly from an emotional perspective. Donna Carrick's protagonist, Ayla Harris, is a nurse who goes on a humanitarian relief mission to Banda Aceh in the wake of the 2004 tsunami and floods. Her mission is two-fold: help the people recover, and find her missing brother-in-law, who was vacationing in Thailand.
Carrick draws us into the difficult world of the relief workers as her characters experience shortages of supplies, theft, religious intolerance and more. Yet, while this is an emotionally harrowing book on some levels, it is also a story of triumph and courage as Ayla works with survivors to help bring normalcy to the troubled region.
Discerning readers of literary fiction are sure to enjoy this book.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on June 10, 2011 :
A fascinating tale of murder and intrigue interwoven into the events immediately following upon one of the great tragedies in human history - the natural catastrophe that was the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Provides a deep understanding of the toll that was exacted by Mother Nature and how government response could have reduced the damaging after-effects.
(reviewed the day of purchase)