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    New novel that is partly set in Aruba

    Hi all

    Some members of the forum are aware that over the past couple of years I have been writing a novel. The story follows the life of a young man born to immigrant Mennonite farmers. As he grows he observes many events and developing technologies. His religious upbringing prohibits the use of such things and Jakob, the young man is thrown into turmoil. He finds himself in conflict between his desires and the beliefs that were taught to him. He starts to drift away from his upbringing.

    In the story he marries and against the advice of family and friends he embarks on a trip to Europe in search of ancestral relatives. He leaves his wife in Holland after she refuses to travel to Germany. WWII breaks out. He is trapped in Germany and she in Holland. After some time she ends up in an affair with a Dutch Resistance fighter. He gets involved in the tawdry scenes of bars and brothels in Germany.

    Without giving away the whole story, he ends up in Aruba where he establishes a new life and becomes extremely successful in the tourism business. The Aruba portion is almost a story in itself.

    The book is now available on Kindle ebooks. The title is "Journey of Betrayals" The print version will be available within a week.

    If you read the story I hope you enjoy.

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    How exciting!!! Wishing you much success!! I'll check it out.

    just downloaded it!!!
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    Very interesting! Can't wait to read it! Good luck!!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Awesome john!
    wishing u much success

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    Much success..... I look forward to reading it.

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    Downloading it for my cruise
    Can't wait to read it.

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    Just sent to our kindles, good luck John been waiting for more "aruba" books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiviDiviFan View Post
    Just sent to our kindles, good luck John been waiting for more "aruba" books.
    Not all Aruba but that's where the main character ends up. The Aruba portion starts in 1939/40 and then spans many years. It was fun researching old San Nicolaas where much happens. Maybe one day I write write a little K story about interviewing some of the older refinery workers and digging for info. Got a great little booklet from Charlie Broun at Charlie's Bar as well

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    Thank you for sharing. I would like to read it. I am sure I will enjoy it. How exciting to write a novel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue M. View Post
    Thank you for sharing. I would like to read it. I am sure I will enjoy it. How exciting to write a novel.
    book #3. The first 2 are more historical stories of actual WWII events that happened in Aruba

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