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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by Wendy Bertsch
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
by Wendy Bertsch
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!
- 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.
on Oct. 30, 2011
What a wonderful surprise!
Here's a fascinating short story to enjoy over coffee (I just did). Sensitively written, and with a terrific ending.
You won't see it coming!
Davidson is an author worth following.
- 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.