A Great Review for Marlie

Many years ago, the Captain and I lived on the Queen Charlotte Islands. The name of the islands has since been changed to Haida Gwaii, but it’s still the same remote, wild place. It was a magnet for adventurous nature-loving people back then, and even now it attracts a certain type. Among those who want to live the non-urban lifestyle, you’ll find:

fishermen who feel a burning need to risk their lives in horrendous weather,

adventurers who love the amazing scenery,

people who love nature and animals,

people who love the solitude of lonely beaches, and beachcombing.

My novels about the Charlottes and the West Coast are mainly about women living in  “a man’s world.” It is rough and tough for them, but somehow, they grow stronger as they face the challenges of island life. Of course, love is always in the wings. It is with these elements in mind that I wrote three of my five novels: The Wind Weeps (free download on Amazon and Smashwords), its sequel Reckoning Tide, and now my latest novel, Marlie.

Below the book cover image, I have copied the latest review of Marlie, in the hope of interesting you in reading this book that is dear to my heart.

I love Anneli Purchase’s work. It is straightforward in the way that Nature is straightforwardly pragmatic and indifferent to suffering, ego or justice. This we know, but the shock never diminishes.

This story is set against the scenery of the wild where you hunt to eat and bad men get what a bad man can take. Strong men and women suck it up and the only snowflakes are under the wheels of your truck or blizzarding in on the pitiless wind.

Marlie is a woman from the city starting over maybe in the liberal belief that you ever can. There is no fake sentimentality here. She finds happiness but only via conflict and brutality. Nature respects no weakness but only men are truly cruel for pleasure. Survival and the perception of beauty allow a space for romantic love in this atmospheric and beautifully written story. If you love the mechanics of writing look out for the poetry of vocabulary from the stern roller through to humpies in the scuppers.

You will need to shower off the sea salt when you put this book down. I read this story in the heat of an Italian summer but I was there in the Charlottes looking north to Alaska. Now that is writing talent.


You can find Marlie on all the Amazon sites. Just go to amazon.com or amazon.ca, or amazon.co.uk and type in Marlie. If you have an e-reader other than Kindle, you can find Marlie on Smashwords.com. It is affordably priced so as not to break the bank.



46 thoughts on “A Great Review for Marlie

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Thank you. It is actually my fifth book but the third of the books about the coast, and my most recent one. Maybe after reading the book you’ll make that trip up to the Charlottes (Haida Gwaii).


  1. Sonja Forrester

    Such a wonderful review on your latest publication. I have to say I agree with it 100%. Marlie was a riveting read. I couldn’t put it down until it was done and even then, I wanted to keep turning pages to read more! Congratulations on another excellent novel.

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  2. roughwighting

    What a fabulous and honest review. You do a great service to your book and the review with your photographs here, Anneli, and your own description of the individuals who choose to live on Haida Gwaii. I so enjoyed Marlie. I think I was one of the first readers to write a review on Amazon. Reviews mean so much to an author, and you have many wonderful, well-deserved ones on your Marlie page.

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  3. Jet Eliot

    Fantastic and inspiring post, Anneli. Congratulations on publishing so many novels, and best of luck on Marlie. What a great start you have with such a well-written and descriptive review, And your intro to the Charlottes, including photos, was an excellent beginning.

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  4. Lori

    Congratulations on the great review, Anneli. Did you take those photos? Are they of Haida Gwaii? How do you pronounce that anyway? I feel so bad. I bought your book when it was first released, but I haven’t read anything but blogs in months. This is a good reminder to get to it.

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