It was just before the First World War that George and Dorothy Godwin made a failed attempt to settle in Whonnock. George, a scholarly man, later joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and fought in France. He was reunited with his wife in England and their children after the war.
His book The Eternal Forest was first published around 1929. This is the book selected by One Book Whonnock as their next choice for neighbours to read this year.
The novel offers fascinating aspects of life in the backwoods and elsewhere in the Lower Mainland in the pre-war years as seen by a young British immigrant “the Newcomer.” The Eternal Forest focuses in particular on the life of the Newcomer and his wife in Ferguson’s Landing (Whonnock), with nature all around them, and among those “little folks…with little minds and little ideas” who were their neighbours and on whom they looked down.