Author, broadcaster, podcaster, junior farmer,
music lover, rule breaker.
"Cathi Bond is a teller of stories, of emotions, of love and loss. 'Bessie' is just that–a family saga whose characters will stay with you long after you have put the book down."
- Christian Fennell, Montreal Publishing Company, Editor-in-chief, The Nelligan Review
A Woman of Good Standing Trilogy
A sweeping family saga beginning in The Great Depression, Bessie tells the story of a struggling nation and ends with the heart-breaking personal sacrifices made during the Second World War. At its center is Bessie Barnes, a mother of two, determined to be seen as a woman of good standing within her rural community.
Bessie’s personal world is suddenly upended when Edward, a young historian she met at a dance when she was only 19, turns up on the family’s doorstep penniless - only to discover that he’s her absent brother-in-law. While trying to be a perfect wife, perfect mother, and a perfect neighbour, Bessie, pushed to her breaking point, comes to realize that ultimately, all that is required of her is to be true to her own heart.
Bessie is the first book in Cathi Bond’s trilogy, A Woman of Good Standing.
A Woman of Good Standing trilogy takes us back to the last century, and follows the good and bad fortunes of three different women born from the same family: Bessie, Maddy, and Thea. Crossing three unique periods in history, we watch them, their struggles, become the best version of themselves, despite the turmoils and challenges shaping their eras.
"A novel that celebrates the indomitable spirit of women who held families together in the face of adversity, prepare to be swept away by Bessie. A fast-paced, beautifully written story that will evoke a myriad of emotions that will leave you cheering, contemplating, and moved to tears. With its compelling characters and gripping plot, Bessie is one book that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the last."
— San Francisco Book Review
Pre-order March, 2024
This is one of those books that is difficult to put down once you start reading. The characters just grab you and won’t let go. A masterful, skillfully told story. You will want to buy extra copies for friends.
former Executive Director at The Writers' Trust of Canada.
Praise & Reviews
Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression and World War II, Cathi Bond weaves together the compelling tale of the Barnes family. Filled with desire and repression, joy and despair, anger and forgiveness, this sensitively told saga will draw you in and keep you engrossed until the equally heartbreaking and uplifting last page." -
- Elyse Friedman,
critically acclaimed author, screenwriter, poet and playwright.
"Cathi Bond weaves a narrative that will tug at your heartstrings as Edward's enduring love for Bessie unfolds amidst the struggles of a bygone era. A novel that celebrates the indomitable spirit of women who held families together in the face of adversity, prepare to be swept away by Bessie. A fast-paced, beautifully written story that will evoke a myriad of emotions that will leave you cheering, contemplating, and moved to tears. With its compelling characters and gripping plot, Bessie is one book that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the last."
— San Francisco Book Review
Cathi Bond is a talented writer who knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats. 'Bessie' is a triumph and a testament to her storytelling abilities.
About Cathi Bond
I love music, dogs, art, the city – where I pick up blowing trash; the country – where I pull out weeds– my friends, family, and most particularly, the ridiculous nature of life.