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Joan Harper

Joan Harper, B Ed, MA, was born in Vancouver, BC, a city set in the centre of the beautiful Pacific Northwest region. It was there she grew up, attended public school and then the University of British Columbia. Gracie is Joan’s second book. Her first was a biography also set in the Pacific Northwest region, but it took place in the far north, an isolated region with spectacular, untouched scenery. Unlike her first, Gracie is set in the far west much farther south on Vancouver Island, a huge area with a temperate climate that makes it an attractive place for Canadians to retire. During Joan’s university years, she worked at one of the many resorts on Vancouver Island and accordingly brings an air of authenticity to the descriptions and anecdotes in Gracie. Her career after graduation consisted of raising three sons, returning to university to obtain a diploma in library science and then obtaining an MA. She returned to the public school system briefly and ended her career at the University of British Columbia, where she taught library education courses for nine years.

Currently, Joan and her husband are retired and live in Sechelt, BC, a charming oceanfront community approximately 70 miles north of Vancouver. They have three grown sons and six grandchildren.

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Gracie is set in an imaginary 300 acres of heavily forested land on Vancouver Island, near Duncan, British Columbia. Here evergreen trees grow to gigantic heights and the surviving, original growth is fiercely protected. It is owned by the Kettmore family and on the property, they operate a small bu...

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