Melina Druga

Who is Melina Druga?

Melina Druga is a multi-genre author with a lifelong love of books and the English language. She is the author of three historical fiction novels (the WWI trilogy) and nine nonfiction books.  Three historical fiction novellas are scheduled to launch in 2022, and a contemporary fiction series is in the works. 

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Journey of Hope by Melina Druga

Hardship defines Claire’s life.  Her husband, Harold, dreams of greater opportunity.  A treacherous journey lies ahead.

1829. Claire Appleton experiences an arduous life filled with hard work, struggle and sacrifice in the rugged British North American wilderness. In her entire lifetime, she hasn’t traveled more than a few miles from her hometown.

Harold dreams of adventure and suggests uprooting their lives and traveling 900 miles in search of a better life. Content, Claire resists. 

Claire’s mind, however, changes when her drunken father-in-law threatens to the kill her family.  Getting away from him is the best thing they could do, but a journey comes with risk.  Many aspects could go wrong, and often do for travelers. 

Will the Appletons’ journey of hope end safely?  Will they achieve success?

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Melina Druga's Books

The Unmarriable Kind

Lucretia Goodwin has no intention of marrying simply because that’s what’s expected. She witnesses what disastrous marriages can do to women, and she wants no part of it.

First, her beloved sister Rebecca relocates thousands of miles away as a result of a hasty marriage and Lucretia’s never forgiven her brother-in-law.  And now, she watches helplessly as a man of dubious character courts her best friend, Amelia.

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Rose’s Assignment

Rose Goodwin, a shopkeeper’s wife, volunteers occasionally with an anti-slavery society. Her experiences, however, leave her unprepared to accept her new assignment – nurse Judith, an ill refugee, back to health and help her discover freedom.

At first, Rose resists, believing Judith will soon die.  However, a promise to her husband that she will at least try to assist Judith turns into an obsession.  Rose will do whatever it takes to ensure not only that Judith lives but that she has the best life possible. 

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Journey of Hope

Claire Appleton experiences an arduous life filled with hard work, struggle and sacrifice in the rugged British North American wilderness. In her entire lifetime, she hasn’t traveled more than a few miles from her hometown.

Harold dreams of adventure and suggests uprooting their lives and traveling 900 miles in search of a better life. Content, Claire resists. 

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Journey of Hope by Melina Druga
Adjustment Year by Melina Druga

Adjustment Year

Canadian war nurse Hettie Taylor returns home married to Alfred, a man she barely knows. As she adjusts to civilian life, Hettie must come to terms with her first husband’s death during the war and deal with debilitating emotions.

Hettie wonders if she will be miserable for the rest of her days and confides in her brother, Freddie, the only person she feels understands her.

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Those Left Behind

The Steward family eagerly prepares for the wedding of their daughter Hettie to Geoffrey Bartlette. The event forever binds them to the Bartlettes who have been their friends for decades.

When the Great War explodes, 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.

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Those Left Behind
Angel of Mercy by Melina Druga

Angel of Mercy

Feisty, ambitious and stubborn Hettie Steward is thrilled to start a life with Geoffrey Bartlette, the love of her life, but loathes domestic life and craves a return to work as a nurse.

When the Great War erupts, Hettie eagerly agrees to Geoffrey’s suggestion to join the Canadian Army Nursing Service and follow him overseas. After all, everyone says the war will be short.

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