The Portage Citizen
Author Ruth Minaker will cover a lot of ground Jan. 29 at the Portage la Prairie Regional Library when she reads from “Seeking Safe Harbour”, her 2018 book now in second edition.
For Minaker, a Morden resident, this is her first novel and is about the story of Laura Tenley who chooses to make some life-changing decisions when she inherits a house in Prince Edward Island from her aunt.
The book touches upon aspects of Prince Edward Island, motherhood, death and grieving, family history, friendship, marriage and shelter, in short, the gamut of how a life changes, adapts and accepts (or not) circumstance driven by change.
Many city-dwellers daydream about adopting a simpler life while stuck in relentless highway traffic or sardined in a stifling subway car. So when Torontonian single mom Laura Tenley inherits a small home on idyllic Prince Edward Island, she wholeheartedly embraces the chance to escape urban life and start over. Laura takes quickly to her new cottage home with a view of the sea and the easy warmth of her neighbours, but outrunning stress and trouble only works for so long, and there is plenty of real-life struggles to be had on the island. Laura’s sense of humour and curiosity about this new world buoys her through the challenges of parenting adult children, reckoning with family history, and figuring out who she is and what she’s meant to do.
A meditative story that celebrates the beauty of every day, Seeking Safe Harbour reminds us that it’s never too late to start again.
Ruth Minaker is a retired social worker, traveller, nature lover, and avid reader. She is a keen observer of the everyday quirks that make ordinary people fascinating. She and her husband live in Manitoba, where they garden prolifically, travel, and entertain friends and family. This is her first novel and its second edition.
All are welcome to this free event that starts at 6:30 p.m.
Minaker will be selling and signing copies of her book after the reading.