Gloria V. Phillips


A historical fiction depicting the life of a British Home Child

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What authors and editors are saying about
A Pilgrim Passing Through

A Pilgrim Passing Through by author Gloria V. Phillips is a delightful novel
set in the early 19th century. [It} has a lot to offer a reader who likes history and
One of the other things that intrigued me about this book,
was the history of the Home Children in Canada. I did not even know about
this part of our past.....

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I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s a combination of  history and romance,
though the book is a work of fiction. The plot is strong and believable,
its characters well developed, and even better, this book was a finalist
in the Canadian Christian Writing Awards.

For the full book review by an independant Editor Carolyn Wilker
look under Books I'm Reading This Summer

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I have just had the pleasure of finishing another very good Canadian novel. 
Author Gloria V. Phillips captivates the reader with her easy reading style
that carries little fluff to sidetrack us.

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 A sneak peek inside 

A Pilgrim Passing Through
Finalist - Word Guild 2009

Historical Fiction - 238 pages -  softcover

 ISBN 978-0-9783356-1-8    $14.95 Cdn/US


Gottlob could hardly contain his excitement as he stood at the dock, watching the ship
being made ready for the voyage. Sailors moved from place to place on the large vessel,
making their final preparations before the passengers boarded.

Father stood beside him, his hand resting lightly on Gottlob’s shoulder. Moments before
he had leaned over and spoken softly, asking Gottlob if he was certain he wanted to go,
and reminded him that once he boarded the ship there was no turning back. A contract
had been signed that ensured a good home and work for Gottlob for three years following
his arrival in Canada.

“Three years is a long time,” Father had said. “If you have any doubts, now is the time to
express them.

”Gottlob had assured Father that he had no regrets and that he was ready for the adventure
that lay ahead. The uneasiness he felt at the thought of being so far from home was
overcome by the excitement that surged through him as he thought of boarding the ship
and travelling to a new country.

He looked around. The activity on the dock was electrifying and the noise was almost
deafening. In sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle around him, a group of about fifty
children stood quietly banded together waiting to board the ship. Gottlob knew it would
be only moments before he would say good-bye to his father and join the children.

He wished again that Adolph were going to Canada with him. What fun it would be to be
sharing this experience with his brother. Adolph had wanted to go along to the dock to
see him off, but Father had rejected the idea. Instead Adolph had bid him a tearful
goodbye at the house. Gottlob had promised to write him as soon as he arrived and
tell him all about the trip and his new home. “And I’ll keep writing,” he promised.

“Every week?” Adolph asked.

“Every week,” Gottlob promised.

The ship’s whistle blew, signalling that it was time to board. Gottlob felt a second hand
touch his arm and looked up to see the doctor standing beside him. He had missed his
approach in the midst of the noise and activity that surrounded him.

“Ready for your adventure, lad?” the doctor asked.

Gottlob nodded. “Yes, sir,” he replied.

The doctor looked at Father. “It’s time,” he said.

Father nodded. He extended his hand to Gottlob. “Good-bye, Son.” He paused, seeming
uncertain what else to say, then finished lamely,  “Don’t forget to write.”

Gottlob took the outstretched hand. “Good-bye, Father. I won’t,” he answered.

Father gave Gottlob’s shoulder a light squeeze, then watched in silence as the doctor
led him over to join the children walking silently up the ramp to the ship.

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What readers are saying about 
A Pilgrim Passing Through
We met at the writers/publishers evening at Faith Bookstore last night. The cat woke me up early this morning and so I gave in to temptation and started reading (in the bathtub of course). The water became quite cold!
I enjoyed your book very much. From a literary perspective it was easy to read. I never found my attention lagging and I was never bored. I didn't skip a single page but eagerly anticipated what would happen next: did they go on the Titanic; did they get rescued; did Gladys and Gottlob get together or did they give up their happiness to care for their families? My only criticism: more please!
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A Pilgrim Passing Through is terrific!  Gloria gives her readers a deep sense of appreciation for the struggles and joys that so many immigrants must have faced when they came to the New World.  Of particular interest are the snippets of history she has used to create a plot that continuously unfolds, so that by the end, we feel as though we can relate to the characters.

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I really enjoyed this book. I found it difficult to put down as I wanted to see what happened next. It was very interesting to see how people might have lived before my time and some of the sacrifices that one would have had to make in order to better their lives. I can't wait for the next book to be published.

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Gloria has put out an amazing novel with her first work of historical fiction.  This was an enjoyable read that once I started reading I didn’t want to put down.  Gloria did an excellent job with the historical research for this novel.  Several times during the story I thought “Wow, did that really happen?”  I loved the story and felt like I had been taken back in time.  The ending of A Pilgrim Passing Through left me wondering –-    I can’t wait for the next book.

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Thank you for autographing it for me. I have read the book and wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed it. Great work! My next door neighbour, who is gone now, was a home boy from Ireland. I found it interesting to read about another.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gloria's first novel.  She did an amazing job researching the history of England, Scotland and Canada in the early 1900's.  The description used in the story and the method in which the two stories were interwoven were most commendable.  I also appreciated the insertion of Scripture verses throughout the story.  As a Church Librarian, I highly recommend this book.

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A Pilgrim Passing Through is one book that I just couldn't put down till I finished it. It tugged at my heart as I was reading moving to read what they went through. It is a great book to read and I look forward to reading more.

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Your book is an excellent read and I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. You have a good command of detail which brings history to life. 

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