Author: Don Gutteridge
Title: All in Good Time
ISBN: 978-1-927725-96-2 = 9781927725962 (eBook)
ISBN: 978-1-927725-95-5 = 9781927725955 (softcover)
Trade Paperback: 204 pages – 6 X 9
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Genre: Fiction, Novel, Canadian
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All in Good Time is an authentic story of camaraderie, rivalry and national pride. Don Gutteridge is a story teller through and through. His skill at spinning yarn is seen all the way through this novel All in Good Time. This Novel is well worth this second life published by HBP.
The time is February, 1945. The War in Europe is raging towards its last catastrophe. The people of the village beside the Great Lake are waiting for war to end; for the incursion of a US hockey team to test the local mettle; for the arrival of the Governor-General; who is to bless the town with his royal presence. All eyes are on the commander, Reeve Horace MacIntosh, who must revive slumping morale, inspire his young combatants and embody the village virtues of humility and pride. All goes well until this masterful, middle-aged politician sets his sights on the sensuous Gloria Sawbush; until the snows come late and vengeful; until ambition strikes, hot and consuming. The result is a week of bizarre events in which the follies and dreams of the good citizens of the Point are exposed and exorcised.
In All In Good Time by Donald Gutteridge, as the Second World War draws to a close in Europe, the residents of a small village on the border of Canada and the United States count the cost of the conflict in their menfolk that will never return from the conflagration and in their sense of loss of a way of life. Living so close to the “mighty” United States had always given these Canadians a feeling of inferiority but one thing they knew for sure was that they could whip the Yankee Boys at their national passion – ice-hockey. When the local Reeve (Mayor) of the village challenges the team from across the bridge to a game, the entire village rallies behind the Canuck pride. The Reeve, though, has ulterior motives for organizing the game. He is determined to use it to catapult himself out of the local political scene and his lowly mayoralty and enter the big boys’ world of national politics. He wants to be a member of parliament for the region and, as he knows that all politics require back-door deals, he is prepared to do whatever is necessary to achieve his ultimate goals; to be selected for higher office, to leave his provincial wife for the younger and more politically astute and connected Gloria Sawbrush and, of course, to launch his career on the back of a massive local ice-hockey victory against the despised Yankee Boys from across the bridge. The Reeve has his strategy and path meticulously planned out but… even the best-laid plans of mice and men, eh…
The author of 7 books including,
Aut“The Second Coming”,
“Just a Drop in the Ocean”
All In Good Time is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama, humor, and slice of life sub-genres, and was penned by author Donald Gutteridge. In this gentle work which is suitable for readers of all types, we visit a small village where local lives are interrupted by a series of different events. Centered around a hockey game in which the villagers compete against a neighboring town, the focus is on the town mayor whilst he pits his fortunes against the match, only to find that pretty much everything that could go wrong to scupper his plans does and with gusto. What results is a lovely, light-hearted look at where we are in life.
multi-award-winning author of 25 novels,
including “Fallow Heart” and “the day the world ended”
All in Good Time by Donald Gutteridge portrays Reeve Macintosh as the leader of the people. He is a friend to all, trusted, and looked up to by the people in his village. His three successive terms rivaling those of the legendary Cap Dowling back in the 1880s is proof of that. He believes the future of this village lies squarely and heavily on his broad, garbage-besmirched shoulders. Determined to pursue his dreams and aim higher, Reeve Macintosh includes a hockey game against another town in the festivities. A real hockey game that means something with buoyant winners and humiliated losers; the people’s individual cheers would be uncompromised and necessary. Little does the Reeve know that things rarely turn out the way he wants them to.
Reviewed by Jessica Barbosa
for Readers’ Favorite