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Writer Shares Her Personal Experience through This Tragic Story

The author provides us with a glimpse of her personal experience in a war-infested country

Edmonton, Alberta – WEBWIRE

After falling, the next important step is to stand up and rise above them.

“A Garland of Emeralds” follows the story of Laverne Boulogne Van Ryk during her life in Indonesia. Being born in Colonial Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), Laverne, together with her parents and two older sisters and one younger brother, lived in peace on the island of Java until the Japanese invaded it in March 1942.

During her darkest hours, she and her family spent three-and-a-half years in various concentration camps, separate from her father who was held in a different camp.

Despite all these, she found time to make friends in the person of Sari, a native girl who eventually becomes her best friend. Their friendship continues despite Laverne’s knowledge that Sari’s cousin, Sukandar, is a freedom fighter. She and Sari eventually part ways when all white women and children also enter concentration camps.

“A Garland of Emeralds” is a very inspiring true story that will blow your heart and break it to pieces thereafter. This book is recommended to those who are interested to learn via first-hand experience, the war that rages Indonesia.

“A Garland of Emeralds” will be one of the titles expected to be displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt International Book Fair, which will take place on October 11, 2017. So grab yourself a copy now, save the date, and see you there!

“A Garland of Emeralds”
Written by Laverne Boulogne Van Ryk
Published by Xulon Press
Publication Date:  August 9, 2012
Paperback Price:  $20.99
About the author
Laverne Boulogne Van Ryk was born in the island of Java, Indonesia. After the Japanese invasion in March 1942, she and her family spent three-and-a-half years in various concentration camps, separated from her father. The surrender of the Japanese in August 1945 was followed by an untidy peace. Reunited with her father, Laverne hoped to start her life again where she had left off, but the Dutch were in the middle of a violent Revolution for Independence. In May 1946, the whole family repatriated to Holland. After five years, they moved to Canada, where Laverne married and raised a family of her own. Laverne lives in Edmonton, Canada.

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