COLEMAN, Lyman R., Lt Col (ret) the Reverend.
Title: In this Sign : An Historical Novel.
Publisher:  General Store Publishing House, Renfrew, Ontario , 2005, ISBN:1897113110
Seller ID: 88041
COLEMAN, Lyman R., Lt Col (ret) the Reverend. In this Sign : An Historical Novel. (Renfrew, Ontario : General Store Publishing House, 2005). First Edition. Pp [i]-v,(1),1-260,(2). 8vo, illustrated card covers, blue spine. "It's 1939, and war has been declared. Excitement to fight Hitler has reached a fever pitch, even in the remote Ottawa Valley parish where Ralph Russell,a newly ordained Anglican priest, has recently begun serving God. However, like many of his flock, Ralph joins the local regiment and is among the fi rst Canadian troops to be shipped overseas. But the initial excitement of fighting the good fight is eventually dulled by months, then years, of training. Maintaining morale becomes one of Padre Russell's biggest challenges, a burden eased when he meets the Vicar of Bewdleigh and his daughter Erin, who invite him to make St. Tristan's the regiment's spiritual home. The vicar is not a well man, and Ralph soon earns Erin's gratitude (and dare he hope affection?), when he offers to assist the older priest. Then, in 1943, the lads from the Valley are finally called to serve—as part of the First Canadian Division's slow, bloody march across Sicily and up Italy to Ortona. Nothing could have prepared either Ralph or his men for this. Fighting the foe within becomes as much of a contest as fighting the foe without, and Ralph soon discovers that he is as much a follower in the quest for God's understanding, as he is a leader." - from the back cover. Very good. 12.50