Sunday, March 16, 2014

Book inspired by Author's personal journey from an abusive relationship to empowerment.

About the Author

June Vivian Bourgo, born and raised in Montreal, currently lives in the beautiful British Columbia interior. Her publishing credits include feature articles for a single-parenting magazine. She finds her inspiration to write from the raw nature and wildlife surrounding her home. Winter s Captive, her debut novel, was inspired by her personal journey from an abusive relationship to empowerment. Her hope is that her readers will connect to her main character s plight on a personal level as well as be entertained.

Winter s Captive is a story of one woman s incredible survival against all odds in the Canadian northern wilderness, and her ensuing emotional and spiritual journey towards empowerment. In her novel, BC author June Bourgo presents her admirably heroic, yet real-to-life protagonist, Georgia Charles, who faces unimaginable adversity on her road to personal enlightenment. Recently separated from a cheating husband who left her for his pregnant mistress, a vulnerable and dejected Georgia leaves her North Vancouver home to spend a month with a childhood friend in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Her pleasant stay in Whitehorse takes an abrupt turn, however, when she is impulsively kidnapped by two bank robbers, only days after discovering that she was five months into her own pregnancy. Georgia flees her captors and ends up hopelessly lost and alone in the northern wilderness, miles away from civilization. But, with a will to survive fuelled by a mother s love for her unborn child, she trudges through the forest until she finds a cabin, locked up for the winter, yet stocked with enough provisions for a person to live on for a few months. With no hope of finding her way back to civilization until spring, Georgia must wait out the winter in the cabin, and during that time, give birth to her baby on her own. Written from Georgia s perspective, the majority of Bourgo s novel deals with her remarkable winter stay at the cabin. From the details of her everyday routine, to her encounters with wild animals, to the amazing solo birth of her daughter, Georgia s physical struggles are extraordinary. However, it is her mental struggles that pose the biggest threat to her survival, and it is her ability to deal with them that truly demonstrates her strength as a woman. The story of Georgia Charles s winter in the remote Canadian north is not only a compelling tale of survival, but also an amazing account of a woman s journey towards personal empowerment and spiritual enlightenment. June Bourgo s writing inspires readers to connect with her main character on a personal level, while urging them to examine and reflect upon the perceived myths and expectations of human relationships.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book For All Ages 
By Anne M.
Winter's Captive is an all too familiar story of love, betrayal, soul searching, and life altering changes. Add to this mixture a healthy dose of courage and survival with non-stop adventure amidst sweeping landscapes- and you have the recipe for a spellbinding book from cover to cover! The main character, Georgia, embodies the strengths and weaknesses of most modern women who limit their horizons by the strong pull of the latter. But when Georgia is thrust into a life or death struggle: it is her strengths that she must embrace and come to rely on! It is not only necessary for her survival, but that of her unborn child! And so, the adventure begins: alone in the vast wilderness of Northern British Columbia! It was very difficult to put this book down, without reading it to the last page! I would recommend this book to everyone! It reads as a five star epic to me! I impatiently await the release of June bourgo's sequel!

Second book coming soon.

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