A Canoer of Shorelines

Fiction - Literary
366 Pages
Reviewed on 07/02/2021
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Author Biography

Anne M. Smith-Nochasak grew up in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, and was a teacher and special educator for many years in northern communities. She is currently retired and living in a wooded area in Nova Scotia, where she enjoys writing, reading, kayaking, gardening, and quality time with two dogs. The idea for A Canoer of Shorelines developed during summers spent in a cabin accessed by canoe

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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

A Canoer of Shorelines is a work of fiction in the supernatural drama genre. It is suitable for all ages and was penned by Anne M. Smith-Nochasak. The story follows Julie and Rachel, whose lives revolve around Meadowbrook Acres, a place where they have found themselves in a bid to reclaim control of their lives. Told partly through traditional narrative and partly through dreams and journal entries, the book forms a rich tapestry telling the tale of two women growing and thriving in their rural lives while revolving around a house of strange dreams and sometimes even profound hauntings.

It was a real masterstroke of the author to use a light touch for the supernatural elements of this book. Often such story aspects are made the focal point as readers are presumed to be more interested in the supernatural than the natural. But Anne M. Smith-Nochasak has instead focused her story on the lives of two dynamic and interesting characters and used the supernatural elements as a foundation for the story she is telling rather than as the primary focus. The resulting story is compelling, with excellent prose bringing Julie and Rachel to life on the pages and in readers' imaginations. There is a wonderful growth that the pair undertakes throughout, and watching them develop through the story felt like a real treat. A Canoer of Shorelines manages to be at once a quiet reflection on the trials of life and an exciting story of self-discovery. I’d happily recommend this book to anyone.