It is fascinating to read the accounts of Patsy’s adventures, snowmobiling under the northern lights, waiting for the blizzard to blow over so the mail plane can come in, trying to work during power outage, wanting to see wildlife before someone hunt it. These are stories that allow other Canadians who have lived in the north to re-live their own memories while reviving a sense of wanderlust for Canadians who haven’t. Reading about Patsy coping with her early onset dementia also provokes the reader to consider all of the incredible stories the elders in our society must have, stories that will die with them if they are not passed on.” - Gloria Song


Letters from Labrador is biographical with elements of fiction. The letters are real, while flashbacks and present-day dementia are fictionalized 'yet based on a true story.' Stacey was inspired to write this book after hearing about a woman who had worked in the North during the 1970s and wanted to write a book about her experiences. Stacey drove to Kingston to meet Patricia. It turned out to be a remarkable pairing, and Letters from Labrador was born.” - Linda Hersey

Times & Transcript, Moncton, New Brunswick

4 Stars - Odette LeBlanc lives in Pointe-du-Chene, New Brunswick, works nights in a local convenience store, and spends her days sleeping and roaming the beach. Though she hasn’t attended college, she’s a bright and competent 23-year-old who keeps her family afloat (including her rather crass, Bingo-addict mom and her sweet younger sister) with her weekly paycheck. But she knows something’s missing in her life, and she yearns to find a direction and pathway out of her dead-end job and predictable routine. Enter Henri, a dashing, rich American who’s come to Pointe-du- Chene on a family vacation. Their attraction is undeniable and immediate, but Odette knows in her heart their worlds are too far apart; to compensate she lies about her background and occupation, heading down the slippery slope of romantic deception. Author Stacey D. Atkinson deftly builds the suspense (will Henri find out that Odette lives in a trailer and doesn’t work in a chic boutique?) as the couple sails and dines, and Odette fails deeper and deeper into Henri’s polished spell. But when, in the early morning hours after her night shift she stumbles upon a mysterious doryman and his strange little white cat, readers may begin to wonder which way this plot is headed. Suddenly oh-so-attractive Henri is a little too perfect, while the doryman, a quirky young oceanographer named Ben (who likes to swim in the nude) seems increasingly intriguing. But which man will win Odette’s heart, or will she lose both in her quest to find herself? Odette’s unassuming, unpretentious nature is endearing, and will her struggles to free herself from the bonds of habit, fear, and self-doubt engaging. The charm of the seaside town of Pointe-du-Chene and its interesting array of locals and tourists will enchant the reader, while the lovely setting makes Odette’s summer journey to self-discovery all the more fascinating. STUCK is an enticing and enjoyable anytime read.” - Kathryn E. Livingston

— IndieReader Reviews

Wonderful debut novel sparkles with literary talent Ottawa-based author Stacey Atkinson is a joy to read.  In fact, I loved her novel Stuck so much, I had to double-check whether it was her literary debut...” - Alejandro Bustos

Apt613: Arts, Culture, Ottawa, Puns. Write on Ottawa series.

The word ‘pleasant’ isn't used very often as a description of a book, and if it is, it is apt to be used in a sort of disparaging way, but I love the word. The thesaurus says: enjoyable, pleasurable, nice, agreeable, pleasing, satisfying, gratifying, good; entertaining, amusing, delightful, charming. And this book is all of those things. It made me happy reading it. I found the ending perfect, yet real. In life most problems are not neatly solved, but we generally find a way to deal with them, and Odette does. It was one of my personal favorites from 2013.” - Nan

Letters from a Hill Farm book blog

5 stars - I loved this story. It was a remarkable portrayal of life in Acadia. I appreciated how this was a very Canadian novel without being only that. Above all, it was a story about surviving and being yourself. I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy.” - Pure Jonel

Pure Jonel Book Reviews

Interview with Stacey D. Atkinson” - Smashwords and Stacey D. Atkinson

Smashwords Author Interview

Author interview on CFRA Ottawa radio station” - Shelly McLean

CFRA Ottawa Radio interview podcast

Ah, the lazy days of summer have finally given away to brisk, colorful autumn days.  To celebrate, we are very excited to announce our first annual Fall Reading List for our readers. The list below contains some of the most entertaining and/or enriching books to read this fall...”

Senior Outlook Today

Finished reading STUCK by @StaceyDAtkinson . So much rich maritime culture, and an endearing book of hopelessness and hope. Highly... — Maritime Girls (@MaritimeGirls) August 30, 2013

— Twitter Reviews

A charming, sincere coming-of-age story...incredibly touching. The novel might be about a dream of escaping, but readers will be happy to stay. A moving story steered by a likable if imperfect heroine whose combination of grit and hard luck will win readers hearts.”

Kirkus Reviews