A Scottish Heart.


96 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 978-1-896754-54-6
DDC 971.5'4104'092





Reviewed by Janet Arnett

Janet Arnett is the former campus manager of adult education at Ontario’s Georgian College. She is the author of Antiques and Collectibles: Starting Small, The Grange at Knock, and 673 Ways to Save Money.



Hayes recalls the highlights of her life since her retirement from farming in the 1990s. From her home in Sussex, New Brunswick, she notes the events in her extended family’s life—graduations, weddings, births, anniversaries, travels, reunions, accidents, illnesses, deaths, funerals. She states her belief that both maintaining routines and keeping busy are important to retaining independence as one ages and faces one’s own mortality. Frequent references are made to her Christian faith. A few snapshots, all without captions, are, presumably, of family members.


Although Hayes recounts experiences that are typical of those experienced by many Canadian seniors—wintering in Florida, the birth of grandchildren, a spouse’s illness—she is not able to generalize these, so the book’s value is as an addition to her own family history, of interest only to relatives and friends.


Hayes, Wilhelmina Fair., “A Scottish Heart.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 20, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/26687.