Coastal Lives

Coastal Lives

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She was 37, a single and sad freelance fisheries reporter and writer living in Vancouver, on the West Coast of Canada. He was 59, a widowed and heartbroken journalist and author, living in a small village on Isle Madame, Cape Breton, on the East Coast of Canada. They met at a coffee shop in Vancouver on a brilliant spring morning. He was on a book tour and she was the reporter sent to interview him. They talked and talked – and their lives changed forever. After 800 emails, countless phone calls and three letters of outright rejection, she agreed to start seeing him – but there was no way she was ever going to leave her beloved West Coast, and her family, friends, horses and dogs. Or was she? Silver Donald Cameron was, she soon saw, one “cussedly stubborn man.”

An award-winning writer and journalist, Marjorie Simmins tells this story of love and resistance with humour and candour. There are times of overwhelming happiness and flattening grief, set against the backdrop of an East Coast Canadian world that she found as foreign as any travel abroad. The two coasts had different food, fish, music, language, history and culture. Even the ocean smelled different, the saltier Atlantic so much more pungent. She came to love those differences fiercely – and she also fiercely loves the man who told her she was brave enough to “jump off a cliff – and tell a damn fine story at the other end.”

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