Scott is an artist struggling with his art and his identity. In an attempt to rediscover himself, he rents an old seaside house in Nova Scotia for the summer so he can paint seascapes away from the hustle of his life in Toronto. It seems like he might get the vacation he sorely needs, but life has other ideas.
He begins to develop a friendship with Emily, the local bar-owner, but a chance encounter with an old man and the mysterious journal he finds, send Scott down an unexpected road, one full of secrets where a mystery is demanding to be solved.
"Thoroughly enjoyed ‘Here’s To Joe' - actually a real page-turner! I kept saying to myself “just one more chapter” until an hour or two had passed. I loved the different characters and could easily picture them and their interactions from your descriptions. And I could even smell the sea when Scott was on the wharf in Halifax - brought back wonderful memories for me."
- Gayle G, Ottawa ON
"I really enjoyed the character development and how the character stories are weaved in together."
- Amazon customer from Canada
"This is a sensitively written, intelligent book about people not usually discussed in books, in a place not usually seen. A rebellious teen from a bad family situation veers from bad to worse, but by devoting himself to a duty that he must complete pulls his life up from a downward trajectory. A gal who runs a bar while avoiding life, finds several truths and get her life on track. And a struggling artist pulls himself out of his inward seclusion by taking the time to really see others. The quiet rural landscape of Nova Scotia, contrasting with the constant roar of ocean waves, forms the backdrop for this quiet book and its waves of struggling lives."
- Amazon customer from the US
“I thoroughly enjoyed it! I thought your plot was clever and well planned out. …you are a very descriptive writer. Using words, you are able to draw very distinct locations and characters that will not soon be forgotten. …Thank you for entertaining me with this story!”
- Barbara B, Winnipeg MB
“… I absolutely loved it. Great job!!”
- Joan M, Calgary AB
"I just finished reading Here’s to Joe … and loved it! Really, really!!!
I found myself utterly invested in all your characters and I wanted to know how everything would get sorted. …Hearty congratulations on a wonderful first book."
- Bev J, Ottawa ON
“Really enjoyed it, congrats!! Flows well and quite a riveting story. Hard to put it down.”
- Jeff H, Pembroke ON
“It was a delightful page-turner that I found difficult to put down! The richness of your description of ordinary things and people’s ordinary thoughts and choices totally drew me into both the locale and the personalities of the characters. …Well done!”
- Rob H, Mississauga ON
“Enjoyed it. You did a wonderful job in keeping the various story lines together for a logical conclusion.”
- Ross M, Ottawa ON
I couldn't put it down. Great story, well told with engaging characters who are truly believable. Can't wait for the next one.
- Mary Ellen S, Nova Scotia
"I just want to let you know I have finished your book and it is outstanding! Congratulations!"
- Marray M, Deep River ON