To Begin Again: A New Catalpa Creek Story

Adult Fiction – Teens will enjoy it too


         Anchored in Faith

              Spiced with 

Romance, Mystery, & History

         Sequel to Fireweed

         & Stand-alone Novel                 

 Welcome back to Catalpa Creek.

It’s been almost three years since the accident and Serena’s death. Widower, Steve Grenville, and his seventeen-year-old daughter, are starting to begin again as a family of two. The residents of the small town of Catalpa Creek have recovered from the Grenville’s tragedy and returned to the illusion of living in peace and security.

But change comes as it always does.

The promise of a new relationship for Steve develops. Renée fears losing her dad. And she’s afraid her mom will be forgotten. When the community-sponsored refugee family from Syria arrives, buried feelings of prejudice and fear surface in Catalpa Creek. Anger and violence erupt. The community is in turmoil. Strengthened by their faith, Steve and Renée live with courage through the tragedy and unexpected joy that life offers them.

Janet Stobie has written an intriguing story of laughter and tears. To Begin Again will nudge you to consider how your faith affects your own response to events and people in today’s world.

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Questions right there in the back of the book.

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          Extra Info about the Barnardo Children                      and my grandmother, Margaret Sinclair.

My Grandmother, Margaret (Maggie) Sinclair and other children travelled to Canada on the S.S. Dominion 2.


The ship that came to be known as the Dominion (2) was launched in Belfast in 1893 as the Prussia and sailed for the German Hamburg-American line. In 1898, the Prussia was sold to the British Dominion Line and was renamed the SS Dominion (2). At this time she was refitted and reconfigured to provide accommodation for 200 First Class, 170 Second Class and 750 Third Class passengers. This rebuild took only a few months before she was ready to go on the Liverpool – Quebec – Montreal route on the Dominion’s Line’s principle service in May 1898. Other ports of entry included Halifax and Portland, Maine.
The Dominion (2) carried 6,876 British Home Children to Canada from various organizations including Barnardo’s, Dr. Stephenson’s National Children Homes, the Fegan Homes, Miss Bilbrough and Rev. Wallace of Marchmont Homes and Mrs. Louisa Birt. There was a steady stream in the numbers of children sailing on board the Dominion with the busiest years being 1903 (786 children), 1905 (562), 1906 (1121), 1907 (905) and 1908 (1130).
When the White Star/Dominion joint service to Canada was instituted in 1908, the Dominion (2) was largely unneeded, so from then until 1915, she was periodically chartered to the American Line for service on American’s Liverpool-Philadelphia route. Originally a British company, the White Star Line was absorbed into the International Mercantile Marine Co. (IMM), a large American shipping conglomerate in 1902. The American Line was also part of the IMM.
During World War I, the SS Dominion (2) served mainly as a supply vessel although she did carry some troops. She returned to commercial service in 1918 but was converted to a cargo carrier in 1919. Her final sailing was from Liverpool to Portland, Maine in 1921 before being scrapped in Germany in 1922. 

For information concerning travelling by ship, steerage class, at the turn of the century, try these links:

Steerage Class – Conditions in 1898 – A First-Hand Account