Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Adventure #Canada- Northern Survival: Surviving the plane crash was the easy part by Diane McGyver


I read some amazing books in 2020 and I would like to share them again with you, updated with the authors most recent releases and their biography.

This was my book review from November last year for Northern Survival: Surviving the plane crash was the easy part by Diane McGyver

Northern Survival by [Diane McGyver]

About the book

Olive Tweed planned her trip for two years. She’d vacation at Summer Beaver, gather the research material needed to write the next book and spend a few days hiking the vast wilderness. When she is called home unexpectedly and boards a chartered plane, she never dreamt it would crash, leaving her alone with a man who knew nothing about survival or the woods. If they don’t put aside their differences and work together, they’ll never escape alive.

Northern Survival was inspired by a video created by a pilot who recorded the crash of his small plane in Northern Quebec. The only reason he survived was because the plane had a parachute.

If you love stories of adventure, survival challenges and characters who test each others ability to endure, you’ll love Northern Survival.

My review for the book 5th November 2020

What a fantastic read. I found it difficult to book the book down and got fully immersed in this survival adventure featuring two people who in so many ways are poles apart. Olive and John do not have a great start to their relationship, and as a disaster throws their lives into free fall, there seems to be little chance it will warm up anytime soon.

Clearly the author has experience in the backwoods of Canada, and as the days pass and the weather and nature do everything in their power to stop these two strong characters from getting to safety, she throws setback after setback in their path. Not to mention several predators.

With only two characters it might have been challenging to keep the pace of the story moving but Diane McGyver does this expertly. We discover their back stories which reveal vulnerabilities and losses that have led them to this wilderness. We also witness their growth as individuals as they learn from each other and find strength in their partnership.

It is not all hardship as moments of humour and a thawing of hostilities bring out the best in both Olive and John, and it might be a good thing to make a note of all the survival skills and strategies in case you every find yourselves lost in the woods with winter imminent and several weeks hiking in front of you. Highly recommended.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A small selection of Diane McGyver’s other books

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

About Diane McGyver

Diane McGyver

Diane McGyver writes stories, some long, some short. Regardless of genre, each story contains a bit of adventure, romance, survival and humour. She loves writing stories with a fantastical theme, but her current release “Northern Survival” is all about surviving in the wilderness after a plane crash. She’s been writing a long time, and the journey has taught her to not squander words. Each new story is more concise with less clutter than the previous.

To learn more about Diane’s books and future adventures, visit her website Diane Lynn McGyver

McGyver: “Writing feeds my soul, fills my heart, keeps me wild and gives me freedom few other occupations can give. Why would I do anything else?”

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the review.. You might like to head over to D.G. Kaye to meet Diane who was a guest on Debby’s Q & A a few weeks ago. D.G. Kaye Q&A with Diane McGyver

 

Smorgasbord Book Reviews – #Adventure #Canada- Northern Survival: Surviving the plane crash was the easy part by Diane McGyver


Welcome to my book review for Northern Survival: Surviving the plane crash was the easy part by Diane McGyver

Northern Survival by [Diane McGyver]

About the book

Olive Tweed planned her trip for two years. She’d vacation at Summer Beaver, gather the research material needed to write the next book and spend a few days hiking the vast wilderness. When she is called home unexpectedly and boards a chartered plane, she never dreamt it would crash, leaving her alone with a man who knew nothing about survival or the woods. If they don’t put aside their differences and work together, they’ll never escape alive.

Northern Survival was inspired by a video created by a pilot who recorded the crash of his small plane in Northern Quebec. The only reason he survived was because the plane had a parachute.

If you love stories of adventure, survival challenges and characters who test each others ability to endure, you’ll love Northern Survival.

My review for the book 5th November 2020

What a fantastic read. I found it difficult to book the book down and got fully immersed in this survival adventure featuring two people who in so many ways are poles apart. Olive and John do not have a great start to their relationship, and as a disaster throws their lives into free fall, there seems to be little chance it will warm up anytime soon.

Clearly the author has experience in the backwoods of Canada, and as the days pass and the weather and nature do everything in their power to stop these two strong characters from getting to safety, she throws setback after setback in their path. Not to mention several predators.

With only two characters it might have been challenging to keep the pace of the story moving but Diane McGyver does this expertly. We discover their back stories which reveal vulnerabilities and losses that have led them to this wilderness. We also witness their growth as individuals as they learn from each other and find strength in their partnership.

It is not all hardship as moments of humour and a thawing of hostilities bring out the best in both Olive and John, and it might be a good thing to make a note of all the survival skills and strategies in case you every find yourselves lost in the woods with winter imminent and several weeks hiking in front of you. Highly recommended.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A small selection of Diane McGyver’s other books

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

About Diane McGyver

Diane McGyver

Diane McGyver writes stories, some long, some short. Regardless of genre, each story contains a bit of adventure, romance, survival and humour. She loves writing stories with a fantastical theme, but her current release “Northern Survival” is all about surviving in the wilderness after a plane crash. She’s been writing a long time, and the journey has taught her to not squander words. Each new story is more concise with less clutter than the previous.

To learn more about Diane’s books and future adventures, visit her website Diane Lynn McGyver

McGyver: “Writing feeds my soul, fills my heart, keeps me wild and gives me freedom few other occupations can give. Why would I do anything else?”

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the review.. You might like to head over to D.G. Kaye to meet Diane who was a guest on Debby’s Q & A a few weeks ago. D.G. Kaye Q&A with Diane McGyver

Smorgasbord Reblog – Q & A With D.G. Kaye – Featuring Diane McGyver – Northern Survival


A wonderful Q & A between D.G. Kaye and her guest on Frinday Diane McGyver, talking about her novel Northern Survival.. apart from Debby’s usual terrific questions where we learn more about Diane’s inspirations for her stories and future plans, there is a wonderful excerpt for the book and definitely on my reading list.

Q & A with D.G. Kaye

Q & A With D.G. Kaye – Featuring Diane McGyver – Northern Survival
October 9, 2020

Today I’m delighted to be featuring Canadian author Diane McGyver. Diane writes fantasy novels, and has recently started her Romance Collection, as she explains – not typical romance, but with themes of adventure, action, survival and awakenings that thread through her stories that take precedence over relationships.

Diane McGyver

About Diane:

Diane McGyver writes stories, some long, some short. Regardless of genre, each story contains a bit of adventure, romance, survival and humour. She loves writing stories with a fantastical theme, but her current release “Northern Survival” is all about surviving in the wilderness after a plane crash. She’s been writing a long time, and the journey has taught her to not squander words. Each new story is more concise with less clutter than the previous. McGyver: “Writing feeds my soul, fills my heart, keeps me wild and gives me freedom few other occupations can give. Why would I do anything else?”

Diana writes stories and articles and operates a publishing company based in mainland Nova Scotia. She’s written on many topics over the years, including genealogy, writing, publishing, gardening and history. Since 1997, a few thousand articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including Saltscapes Magazine, Plant and Garden Magazine, alive Magazine, East Coast Gardener and Canadian Gardening.

Northern Survival by [Diane McGyver]

Blurb:

Olive Tweed planned her trip for two years. She’d vacation at Summer Beaver, gather the research material needed to write the next book and spend a few days hiking the vast wilderness. When she is called home unexpectedly and boards a chartered plane, she never dreamt it would crash, leaving her alone with a man who knew nothing about survival or the woods. If they don’t put aside their differences and work together, they’ll never escape alive.

Northern Survival was inspired by a video created by a pilot who recorded the crash of his small plane in Northern Quebec. The only reason he survived was because the plane had a parachute.

If you love stories of adventure, survival challenges and characters who test each others ability to endure, you’ll love Northern Survival.

Review:

In Northern Survival (Quarter Castle Publishing 2020), two strangers–Olive, a writer researching an upcoming book and and Johnathan, a movie star–are returning to civilization aboard a small plane when a large bird slams into the windshield and crashes the plane. Everyone is killed except Olive and Johnathan and they are stranded in the middle of the frozen Canadian forests. Conventional wisdom says to stay with the plane but nearby hungry wolves convince them they must leave. They have little food, minimal shelter, and no weapons, and both think they know the right way to hike out of the desolate wilderness. That’s their first disagreement but by no means their last.

“I can do this.” “I know you can, but you can’t do it like I can because you’re a pampered city boy with no damn experience.” “Leave me alone [rephrased].”

Olive has some survival skills while Johnathan has none so she wins. Still, it is a daunting task that leaves them often weak, hungry, thirsty, cold, and frightened. As a reader, I’m left thinking it is only because of Olive’s brutal honesty that they even have a chance:

“I don’t expect you to do what I do, but I expect you to tell me your limits so we don’t exceed them and cause unnecessary injuries, which ultimately will slow us down or…”

A good read with lots of how-to information if you ever find yourself stranded in below-zero weather with nothing but trees around you.

Head over to enjoy the interview and the excerpt for the book.. with buy links direct to your nearest Amazon...Q & A With D.G. Kaye – Featuring Diane McGyver – Northern Survival

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