A former nurse, Doris Riedweg edited a history of Langley Memorial Hospital 1948-1998, The Hospital on the Hill, and has written novels of heartbreak and courage set in Western Canada.

Her first novel, Fury on the Wind (Libros, 2008), is about a "poor farmer and half-breed native" and his wife, an unemployed schoolteacher from Ontario who has been disinherited by her mother. She comes from Ontario to Saskatchewan in 1948 to marry him, believing him to be a prosperous farmer. She discovers a rundown farm, a bitter and morose man, and a town filled with prejudice and hostility.

In her second novel, Still Waters (Libros, 2010), a Catholic nursing student in Calgary, Alberta in 1951 falls in love with a man of a different faith. Tyne Milligan, in her final months of nurses' training, is looking forward to graduation and an eventual marriage but instead finds herself in bitter conflict with her staunchly Roman Catholic parents. Then two unrelated events shatter her world.

In a sequel to Still Waters, entitled Water in the Wilderness (Libros 2012),
Tyne Cresswell is a young wife adjusting to the unfamiliarity of farm life while caring for patients during her shifts at the small town hospital. When she and her husband Morley are unexpectedly thrown into the heart-wrenching responsibility of caring for two small children, a wilderness journey begins.

Doris Riedweg lives on a family farm in Langley, B.C.


Fury on the Wind (Libros, 2008)

Still Waters (Libros, 2010) 978-1-926763-06-4

Water in the Wilderness (Libros 2012),

Editor of:

The Hospital on the Hill

[BCBW 2012] "Fiction" "Local History" "Religion"