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Guest Blogger: Anneli Purchase and Her Latest Book “Marlie”


My friend Marlie would love to show you some of the photos of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) where she taught at the elementary school. You might think teaching isn’t a very outdoorsy job but her new friends take her out and about to see the islands. She learns that in beauty lies danger.

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My name is Marlie Mitchell. That’s me on the cover of Anneli’s book.

Anneli’s friend Jan Brown painted my portrait. She made my hair a bit wilder than it really is, but I do have trouble keeping it tamed. Jan certainly got my eyes right. One shows the hurt I’ve felt, and the other shows my determination to pick myself up and be strong.

You see, I had great plans to teach young children and build a happy life with a husband and maybe a couple of kids of my own. Hah! That dream went down the toilet almost before I got started. Everything in my life seemed to go wrong.

I was the perfect candidate for an escape to a remote teaching post in the Queen Charlotte Islands, now called Haida Gwaii, off the coast of northern British Columbia.

Many of my students lived in poor homes in Haida…

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12 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Anneli Purchase and Her Latest Book “Marlie”

  1. Great introduction to Marlie and your book, Anneli. So creative!

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  2. It was great to see Marlie on Luanne’s post. I LOVE the photo of you, at the end…so cute!

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  3. The cover alone makes me want to read this latest novel of yours! In a few days I will have it in my hands (hopefully).

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  4. Hello Anneli,
    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am a very old friend of Leslie Doyle and having been trying to find Kathy Price her mother for quite some time ( I was searching for Kathy Doyle ). I did a Google search on Leslie and ran across your blog and article on her book about Leslie ( of which I just ordered ). I am hoping that you may be able to pass my contact information to Kathy.

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  5. Compelling opening, and what a setting for your novel.

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  6. Thanks, Belinda. I think a lot of people could relate to Marlie’s character. She has some good and bad times on the Queen Charlotte Islands, and learns quickly.

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