Mona Parsons - From privilege to prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe
Nimbus Publishing, 2017 – ISBN 9781771085618
Mona Parsons was the only female Canadian civilian to be imprisoned by the Nazis in Occupied Holland. The story describes how Parsons, raised in rural Nova Scotia and trained as an actor, then a nurse, came to be involved in the nascent Dutch resistance in World War Two. Interrogated by the Gestapo, then sentenced to death by a Nazi military court, Parsons ultimately served three years at hard labour. An intense air attack by the Allies in March 1945 was the backdrop for her dramatic escape, aided by a young Dutch baroness. But freedom wasn’t the end of her life’s challenges.
A Mother’s Road to Kandahar
Nimbus Publishing, 2008 – ISBN: 9781895900965
As a mother and grandmother, Andria Hill-Lehr writes about her eldest son’s decision to join Cadets, then Reserves, and then to be deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. From the time she learned of his decision, throughout his deployment and after his return home, whether speaking publicly or privately, Hill-Lehr has emphasised that unconditional love and support for her son is not synonymous with support for the political agenda behind Canada’s presence in Afghanistan — an idea that gained increasing momentum in the last years of Canada’s involvement in the conflict.