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 3 – It is 1942 in the midst of World War II. John and Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal embark on the Dieppe raid and he is taken prisoner. The young lovers are separated by war for three years. They live their lives apart, enduring many hardships, not knowing if they’ll ever see each other again. The years go by but their love remains strong, the war tugging at their hearts until the day when they are destined to meet again.
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.