Carol Marie Newall is a mother of three and grandmother of four who lives in the Muskoka Lakes district north of Toronto with her husband and granddaughter. When taking a break from writing, she enjoys reading and writing Instagram book reviews, decorating, gathering with friends and family, and hiking the nearby trails with her standard poodle, Luc. She graduated from the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Business in 1967. This is her first book.

In 2011 Carol inherited a cardboard memory box stuffed with old sepia photos, letters and documents, a bible and a cracked white china doorknob—the last bits and pieces of her late grandmother’s life. It contained nothing of any value, but to her, the contents were priceless. For months she examined the photos and reread the correspondence, but found only a few vague clues about Winnie’s life. Why was she sent to Barnardo Homes? Who was her family? What happened to her brothers and did they leave behind descendants of their own? Ten years later, having traced online resources, interviewed family members, searched her brain for illusive memories, and dug through archives in Canada and the UK, she was able to learn how Winnie, a reluctant British child immigrant, found a home and a life in Canada.