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Melina Druga on Blog Tour for Those Left Behind, October 12-21

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Those Left Behind
by Melina Druga

Publication Date: October 12, 2020
Sun Up Press

Series: WWI Trilogy Book 2
Genre: Historical Fiction



Change isn’t always for the best. Just ask the Stewards.

1914. The Steward family is eagerly preparing for the event that will forever bind them to the Bartlettes: the wedding of Hettie and Geoffrey. Little do the families know that the winds of war brewing in Europe soon will rip them apart.

Hettie and her brother, Freddie, join the Canadian Army Medical Corps. This decision is met with resistance and disapproval, causing a rift in the siblings’ relationship with their parents.

Meanwhile, a decades-long friendship is tested, two other daughters’ marriages are in tatters, and the scourge of influenza sweeps through the civilian population.

Will the Stewards bend under pressure or become stronger and more resilient?

Those Left Behind is the second in a trilogy following Hettie and her family as they navigate the challenges and heartbreak World War 1 brings. Each novel is a standalone story. Those Left Behind is the home front story. It is a collection of slice-of-life pieces that collectively tell the story of what happened in Canada while the events in Angel of Mercy were occurring. They are based on Hettie’s letters.

Also available: Angel of Mercy, the warfront story. Adjustment Year, the homecoming story, coming in April 2021.

Available on Amazon

About the Author

Creating fictional people since 1989.

Most kids have an active imagination. My imagination has stayed strong into adulthood, and I’ve funneled that creativity into a successful writing career. I write history, both fiction and nonfiction, because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past is not. My goal is to bring the past to life in all its myriad of colors.

Experience the past through Angel of Mercy, Heinous: Forgotten Murders from the 1910s, and A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WW1.

I write with the assistance of a furry writing buddy – AKA the family cat who often sits with me while I work.

When not researching, writing or editing, I’m wife to a wonderful man who also is my copy editor and mother to a budding baker/guitarist/architect.

The portion of my brain that isn’t filled with fictional people is filled with song lyrics. I listen to hard rock daily and find entertainment, inspiration and comfort in it.

Namaste. I practice yoga daily for a balanced body and mind. But, no, I can’t do a headstand.

Another way I express my creativity is through the camera lens. I especially enjoy nature and architecture photography.

I cook most meals from scratch. I’m a healthy cooking advocate, much to my husband’s chagrin.

To learn more about me, visit my website at

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