As a child growing up on a farm in Eastern Ontario, Henrietta listened intently to dinner table stories about her parents' lives before and after WWII.
She never tired of the accounts of the family legend, Bill O'Neill, a Canadian soldier who briefly stayed in her parents' tiny home in Holland during the war. Impressed by his kindness and evident bravery her parents gave him a copy of their wedding portrait as a souvenir.
As she grew up, Henrietta did not forget those stories about Bill. The time had come to find him and let him know how much he had influenced her life.
Focusing mainly on the past, but relevant today for anyone seeking proof of the indomitable human spirit, Finding Bill shifts in time between the 1940s in Holland, the 1950s to 70s in Canada, and the present.
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About the Author
Henrietta and her husband Joe farmed in Lochiel Township until 1988 when they moved their family of six children to Leaminton, Ontario. She soon found work in Point Pelee National Park where she became interested in the history of the Point. In 2000, Henrietta's first book, In Search Of A Heart, a story about the people who lived and worked in Point Pelee before it was taken over as a National Park, was published by the Friends Of Point Pelee.
In 2006 Henrietta's second book, Birding At Point Pelee, a history of birding and birders at Point Pelee National Park was published by James Lorimer and Company Ltd.
Henrietta's latest book, Finding Bill, is a true story about a WWII Canadian soldier called Bill O'Neill.