When Mrs Goodwich decides to ask Freddy to help her make pancakes she invites Freddy to her little house to show her how. Fasten your seatbelts for a ride on a broomstick and have fun while Freddy finds out strange ways to use each ingredient for making pancakes.
Some soldiers claimed to have a good war. Others were not so lucky. In 1939, Freddy McKee is fifteen-years-old when the war in Europe breaks out. His imagination is bursting with the glamour of thrilling battles and heroic acts from the games he played as a child, so two years later Freddy lies about his age and joins the army. Freddy is assigned to the Winnipeg Grenadiers, a companion battalion to the Royal Rifles of Canada that formed C Force, the Canadian army in Hong Kong. Six weeks after arriving in Hong Kong, Freddy becomes a prisoner of war. Collateral damage extends beyond the battlefield and far beyond the years men spend in combat. Freddy's war reverberates in the lives of others as far as Edmonton's Chinatown and the small town of Trout Creek, Manitoba. Three women who love Freddy -- Joanna Keegan, her daughter Hope, and a mysterious Chinese woman named Su Li -- feel the time Freddy spent in Hong Kong in each of their lives. Freddy's war is heavier than the weapon he once carried. It stretches past the walls of his once prison. Freddy's war touches his friends and family, and lingers, haunting each -- a reminder -- for the rest of their lives.
When a group of mining executives bring their wives to the South Pacific paradise of Paui, vacation is not on their minds. Having found rare minerals on the island, they are determined to strike a swift deal for mining rights. While their husbands visit a copper mine, the women explore the beautiful coast by luxury yacht. On the return trip, the yacht breaks down and they are forced to finish the journey on foot. But as they near the hotel, their pleasure trip becomes a nightmare. The panic-stricken women tear back to the jungle, where they learn survival tricks from the ship’s captain. The once-shy Annie is nominated leader of the rest: Silvana, a wealthy, distant matron; the athletic, high-strung Patty; outspoken Carey; and Suzy, a sensuous, spoiled child. As misfortune rains down on the group, opportunity also has a way of magically appearing as the castaways battle jungle, cannibalistic natives and their own frightening desires with a gritty determination that belies their pampered pasts. And only Harry, tough Australian mining executive, refuses to believe the lost women are dead and, driven by his love for one of the women, starts a search . . .
Beginning the wonderful, heartwarming story of the Rising family. Will Rising had dragged himself from humble beginnings to his own small tailoring business in Gloucester - and on the way he'd fallen violently in love with Florence, refined, delicate, and wanting something better for her children. March was the eldest girl, the least loved, the plain, unattractive one who, as the family grew, became more and more the household drudge. But March, a strange, intelligent, unhappy child, had inherited some of her mother's dreams. March Rising was determined to break out of the round of poverty and hard work, to find wealth, and love, and happiness.