About the Book
Mary and John, The Early Years is a trilogy. It is a biographical and historical story of two lives from very different backgrounds that began on separate continents, of two hearts that came together at a time when a world at war threatened to tear them apart and of the family and friends who are intimately woven into the fabric of their enduring relationship.
Volume 2 – It is 1940 during the early years of World War II. Mary finds adventure, love, and heartbreak in England. John has joined Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal in Montreal and his path takes him to Valcartier, Iceland, Scotland and then to England. Their destiny takes them in different directions where both are looking for the missing piece to make their hearts whole again. As fate would have it, John and Mary meet in war torn England and fall in love.
Michael John Laekas is the author of five published books that pay tribute to his parents, Mary and John Laekas. In 2009, he embarked on a project to provide a legacy for future generations. The result is a set of books that will appeal to fans of stories about love, war, and family. First came the trilogy Mary and John, The Early Years that describes the rough and tumble world of his parents, from their childhood to young adults. Then he created a remarkable photo album with narrative (Reliving Their Journey) that followed his emotional 47-day visit to places in Canada, Great Britain, and Europe that marked significant events in his parents’ young lives. His latest book is a compelling story of his father’s years as a Canadian soldier during the Second World War in A Soldier’s Journey 1940-1945.