Self published a few month ago and sold 100 books so far to friends and acquaintences. Need to expand and am ready to use Lulu my present printer to put it into circulation.Have received several positive comments. One person on a long flight, read it one setting. 230 pages. Am not sure about my present formatting, whether it could be improved.
Review, Donna Dawson Author of the book Vengeance.Published by "Worlds Alive
Francis Ruiter is one of those rare writers who has lived a life worth writing about. He allowed me to see through his eyes, the Holland of the war years, a simpler more beautiful life where family was centered around a love of God. In his brisque and tongue-in-cheek way, Francis has opened a wonderful door to the past for future generations.
Opening a book of memoirs one embarks on a very special voyage of discovery. The author invites the reader to come on a private tour of his past. The tour may involve faraway continents or places close by. It may include only events that actually happened, or a few invented ones. It may present good entertainment, or a lot of heartbreak. What it must offer, if the reader is to stay on for the duration, is some genuine insight into human condition. Also, to stretch the metaphor a bit more, the vessel, or the writing itself, must be sea worthy.
I’m glad I accepted Francis Ruiter’s invitation. His “Journal of a Dutch Immigrant” covers a lot of ground, beginning with prewar rural Holland and ending in present day Canada. Along the way we visit China, Kazakhstan and Russia, United States, Greece, England and continental Europe just to name a few. We glimpse the life of a farm hand, lumberjack, Taxi driver and Life Insurance agent. Francis certainly is a restless
Spirit. He hikes he backpacks to Haida Gwai, he canoes in the Canadian North, he hitchhikes, he runs marathons, he rides bicycles. He loses a leg and learns to live, and travel some more without it. He gets a college degree. He loves his family. He loves his God.
Most of all however, he loves life itself and that is what makes reading the stories so enjoyable. Nothing can keep this man down for long. What makes the writing alive is the author’s attention to detail, his humour, and ability to capture darkness as well as light.