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May 01, 2018rated it: five stars. It was amazing
I want to thank Thomas Edmund Meuller, author and Goodreads First Giveaway for the eBook Kindle copy of Canada ~ An Immigrant Homesteader Family that I won in the Giveaway.

This is a true story of a young German man living his dream to immigrant to Canada and homestead with his family and live off the land. The family settled in New Brunswick first and had a farm that sustained them with the butter they made and sold from their cows and the food they raised and the farm animals that provided food just as homesteaders have done for many years. The difference is that Mr. Meuller and his family started their adventure in the 1980's and made it work. Hunting was also a part of living off the land.

The book shows a respect for the environment, a strong work ethnic and determination to make living a simple life work and being close to nature. The pictures were an added bonus and made the story easy to picture from building cabins, to the bears and wildlife, and the children and how they learned to help with everyday life. It is an excellent book to get a look at a brave man that lived his dream.

Apr 07, 2018rated it: four stars
really liked it
An immigrant moves to Canada and homesteads and lives a life of self-sufficiency. If I had my youth back I would give it a go myself. This book would appeal to those of like mind.


Apr 01, 2018 rated it: four stars
    really liked it
This was very interesting and I learned a lot about Canada that I didn't know.The pictures were great too.

Mar 04, 2018 rated it: five stars
This marvelous book is, basically, a series of love letters and poetry to the greatness and beauty of Canada. While telling of their immigration to New Brunswick and then the move to British Columbia and all of the beautiful scenery and enjoyment of nature, the reader senses that the author feels that there is no finer place on this earth. There are heartfelt poems and astounding photos, praise for those who helped, praise for the educational system which provides the means for the children to be home schooled through eighth grade so successfully that academic integration into high school and later college was seamless. He does do a fair amount of bragging in his instructional mode, but it's pretty much everything taught and supported in Mother Earth News. I found it to be an excellent narrative and enjoyed it without reservation.
I am thankful to have won an ebook copy in a Goodreads Giveaway!

Mrs. A.:

"... You provided me a great pleasure with your book; it is an accomplished lifework. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best for your future journey; and that you will be able to pass on your wealth of life experience, and all you experienced with and through nature."

With kind regards

An Amazon (Canada) customer:

Absorbing Book about One European Living in Harmony with Nature in the Canadian Wilderness

This is a book about the German author's life in Canada, leading the so-called simple life farming in the countryside. Filled with beautiful poetry, photos AND text, this is a remarkable book that's pleasing to read and refreshes the spirit. It's obvious that the author has a gentle soul and a sustained positive outlook, despite the hardships he had to survive. It will appear in English soon so that more people can enjoy and benefit his uplifting story!

Mrs. N.:

Dear Mrs. Heinzinger (my mother),

I received your son's book and thank you very much. By glancing through and reading a few pages I am positively surprised. There is a lot of warmth and personal feelings in the text. I am very happy with the book and will read it soon (right at the moment I don't have the time). I included two copies of our internal newspaper, so that by reading through them you'll get an idea about what our house is and what we do. I wish you all the best, strength, energy, and all of god's blessings so you can sell many more books.

Comment of a guardian in a home for the blind:

"I read from the book to our blind. They were so elated, and said: The author describes everything in such a rich and beautiful manner, that we can truly imagine how it is."

Two comments from caregivers in nursing homes:

"When I, as individual caregiver, walk into the room with the Canada-book in hand, my patient is all smiles."

"When I walk into the room to read to my group, everyone is asking: do you have the Canada-book with you?"



Mr. R.:


The book Kanada — Erlebnisse eines (Aus-) Wanderers has finally arrived (after waiting unpatiently). We read it already und enjoyed it very much. Thanks for everything. We hope you are in good health. The fact that you achieved so much despite suffering from Crohn's disease is a major encouragement for our granddaughter; she's got the same illness.


Thanks again and all the best!


Mr. B.:

With great compassion and interest did I read your book. It is a very personal and moving book and I agree when you write that it shows different perspectives and conveys values especially for young people; in contrast to our extremely materialistic world. I was most impressed by the last chapter about the construction of that wonderful log home...




High Thomas!


During a train trip from here to Lüneburg, I had some time to while away with your book, really fascinating and inspiring how you lived the dream that many Germans have of wild and endless-nature Canada. Love the positive, everything-usually-works-out-fine attitude to life! Couldn't agree more with your sentiment in your story! Keep in touch!


Regards and keep well.






Hello Thomas,


your book is fantastic and I can definitely recommend it for everyone. It is a new category of a book! A life dream of every stressed out German. Your life story is an adventure, a novel, a manual for life as well as for building a log house — and the best of it is your rich and vivid describtion of nature! When reading, one feels as an observer and compagnion — achieved through the authenticity of your life story. When having read your book one wants nothing but to live the same kind of life in Canada...


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