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A Heart To Survive

By George Fillis

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“The Collingwood Series is Canadian historical fiction at its best…Readers are in for an extraordinary read that blends a coming-of-age experience with a window into Canadian culture, race relations of the 1950s, romance, and a young immigrant's ability to persevere against all odds.” - Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

During the 1950s, 14-year-old Tao Wen Shun, the trustworthy son of an educated Chinese family, flees China, leaving his home and family behind — but what awaits him in Canada?

Nothing could prepare Wen Shun for the unexpected challenges he experiences in this compelling novel inspired by actual events. Book one in a series that takes readers on an epic journey into the historical past of two nations divided by culture and continents.

Fans of Celeste Ng’s Our Missing Hearts, Lisa See’s Lady Tan’s Circle of Women, and Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

What readers are saying…

"This book is beautifully written. I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy mysteries, adventure stories, and a contrast between cultures.” Goodreads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“It’s an exciting read that is based on actual events and will have the reader eagerly anticipating the next novel in the series.” Goodreads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“An extremely intriguing story. I did not want to put this book down and I did not want it to end. The author brought all his amazing characters to life.” Goodreads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“This was an eye opener from the beginning. I loved the story from the first chapter, a page turner.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“This book opened my eyes to the plight of human trafficking victims from China in the 1950’s and I was as equally captivated by the cast of memorable characters as I was by the historical context.” Goodreads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“The book themes are still remarkably familiar in today's world - racism, discrimination, trafficking and made for a wonderful book club discussion. A great read.” Goodreads ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I just couldn't put these books down. I had to tell you how deeply this story has touched me. So many themes that resonate for people like me, who came to the US and had to fight harder than anyone else just to be 'equal' to everyone else. Thank you for bringing these stories to us and for making them so alive, genuine, and beautifully put together. I laughed and cried. You touched my heart.”

Author’s Note: the Collingwood Series should be read in chronological order and not as individual stand-alone titles because of the background of events, characters, and storylines in A Heart to Survive.


Book Length: 150-320 Pages


George Fillis