Blue Mountain: Ruth's Story is an epic tale based on the memoirs of my mother, Ruth Bertrand, as she grew up under extreme circumstances. The original book was written with the intention of being a limited-run family keepsake only, but generated so much interested that I have, more recently, revised the manuscript under a new name for consideration by traditional publishers. The prior version was never made available to the public, but my hope is to find a publisher that will release this story to the world.
In this narrative nonfiction tale, Ruth and her little brother, along with their parents, face adversity and tragedy while they pioneer remote regions in depression-era and wartime Canada. The family is triumphant in many ways but their losses are substantial, and in some cases, far too high. Ruth’s story is one wild adventure after another through time and places long since changed or devoured by progress. It is a remarkable tale about love, faith, and a small family’s struggle to conquer overwhelming odds. It is a story about a family that lives on the road, lives on the run, lives on practically nothing to chase a rustic dream. This book promises to deliver a fabulous journey from the first line to the last, and the truest events in this tale are often the most unbelievable. Blue Mountain is where truth truly rivals fiction.