“The Journey Home” follows the lives of Jamie and Martha, a brother and sister, who are orphaned at a young age. Living in their rural town, Strathroyal, the two are shuffled between families, struggling to find happiness in a world where the only constant appears to be disappointment. Jamie and Martha are challenged to overcome their obstacles and believe in the power of love.
Around 45,000 Canadian children are orphaned, says SOS Children Village. Willy Nywening’s father was like one of them. Born in Holland and orphaned at 7, he began working in a textile factory at the age of 12. His strength and determination for a better life inspired Nywening’s new novel.
The character of Jamie is loosely based on the experiences of Nywening’s father. “Although he experienced many difficulties, he never complained,” she says. “He loved his God, worked very hard and lived his life for his family. His courage taught me that love has the power to heal and prevail over even the most difficult circumstances.”
“Life is not always easy,” admits Nywening. “But there are ways to overcome even the most difficult circumstances. Even though times have changed, our struggles for survival and happiness remain much the same.”
Willy Nywening is a retired English and special education teacher. She began teaching when she was 19 years old. During her lengthy career, she most enjoyed working with students who were marginalized. In 1997, she published a daily inspirational anthology called “Sister Stories.” Her faith, her family and the grandeur of nature are her stimulation for writing.
“The Journey Home”
By Willy Nywening
Hardcover | ISBN 9781475988284
Softcover | | ISBN 9781475988291
E-Book | 306 pages | ISBN 9781475988277
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