The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel

Compelling and poignant, The Light Attendant follows Abbigail, a Canadian Nursing Sister, through the travails of World War I and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. Abbigail and Henry meet amidst the chaos of a war that throws them together but is their bond strong enough to withstand the true battle Henry is fighting? A story of love, second chances, and redemption found amidst the horrors of war.

The Light Attendant, Part I

Abbigail will not break her promise—but she has no intention of keeping it.

TLA Part 1 Book CoverRaised on her family’s farm in the middle of the Saskatchewan prairies, Abbigail is desperate to escape her father’s controlling ambitions and his plans for her. When war breaks out in July, 1914, Abbigail seizes the opportunity to enlist as a Canadian Nursing Sister, also known as a Bluebird, in an attempt to earn an income and her independence.  Despite the dangers waiting for her there, Abbigail leaves for war-torn France against her father’s wishes 

The challenges of war nursing test Abbigail’s resolve to buy her way out of the contract her father has signed, giving half the family farm to John, a man Abbigail despises. As Abbigail struggles under the hardships of war nursing, an unexpected complication threatens to undo all she has worked for.

When Abbigail meets the unprincipled Private Henry Ryzack, she is convinced he is just like the miscreant John. Abbigail’s opinion of Henry begins to change, however, when she learns why Henry has enlisted and the true battle he is fighting. As her respect for Henry grows, Abbigail faces an impossible choice: fulfill her promise to marry John and keep the family farm, or stay with Henry and leave her family and farm behind.

Can Abbigail find a way out of her promise without destroying her honour and everything for which she has worked so hard?

Heartrending and captivating, The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel is a story of love, second chances, and redemption found amidst the horrors of war.


The Light Attendant, Part 2

When you meet yourself on the battlefield who is it that survives?

The only reason Henry Ryzak went to war in the mud and cold of France was to protect his older brother Will and escape his father’s ire. With some patented Henry Ryzak sleight of hand, Henry sends Will home, safe from the bullets, shelling, and freezing rain of the trenches. Having recovered from his injuries, Henry returns to the front where he comes face to face with his true enemy in the war: himself.

Henry’s only guiding light through the horrors of the war is his memory of Abbigail, the Bluebird who tended to his injuries and whose light illuminated truths Henry had long denied. With no prospect of a relationship with Abbigail, Henry resumes his reckless tendencies on the battlefield. Torn between his hopeless disregard for himself and a responsibility to his unit, Henry embarks on the most hazardous of all campaigns: confronting his failings to become a man worthy of his comrades’ respect – and the man Abbigail inspired him to be.

With his own life and the fate of his unit in the balance, will all of Henry’s bad decisions overtake him on the battlefield of the Great War?


Light Attendant Posts

  • The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel, Part II Coming June 30th, 2022!
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  • Cover Reveal!
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  • The Light Attendant Now Available!
    We have completed our work early and have decided to go ahead with a “soft launch” of our work!  The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel You can order your paperback or eBook Here!  Enjoy!!  
  • Proof copies now in!
    So exciting to finally hold a copy of the book! The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel Part I Our Advanced Readers are getting an early start on the story. It will be available to everyone on March 18th, 2022. For those of you who can’t wait, you can pre-order your eCopy here: The Light Attendant: A ...
  • Cover Reveal! The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel
    Our team is proud to present the Cover of our latest work, The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel! The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel Thank you Sarina for your sewing talents in making the costume. Thank you Callan for your assistance with both photography and cover art. Thank you Mason for you rendering of the ...
  • The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel – story origin

    We are diligently working on our latest project: The Light Attendant: A Canadian Bluebird Novel (working title). The story follows a Canadian Nurse through her experiences in Wold War I and the pandemic of 1918. The book has been a long time in the making and I am thrilled to see the project in its final phase.

    Concept Artwork by Clarissa Fehr

    This story actually began as an anecdote told by one of the characters in our first trilogy: Horizons, Winding Roads, and Coming Home, initially published in 2014. I had long been interested in World War I and the Spanish Influenza pandemic which followed at the end of the war in 1918. As a result, I used that bit of history in one of my character’s background stories in Coming Home, never knowing it would go on to become so much more. (For those of you familiar with Coming Home, you might just recognize the “guest appearance” by two of the characters as they help out in our new book.)

  • The Making of a Cover
    The making of a cover.
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