Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Dear Reader, Love Devin Meireles


Dear Reader…

I have a wonderful book to share with you! This is about an inspiring true story that will resonate with you. Since many of us originate from immigrant families, it's curious to think about how we have become a new generation that are born and raised in Canada. What a privilege! This nation is multicultural and the history of how we found ourselves here is an interesting one. 

This story will capture your imagination and encourage you to think of your own family history. This will be the catalyst for your own genealogical research! With the recent rise in ancestry-based media, my story will surely keep the discussion alive while highlighting the benefits of recognizing who we truly are. And you will be entertained every step of the way!

My name is Devin Meireles, and I wrote a narrative nonfiction book, The Portuguese Immigrant: Atlantic Heritage Story.

I have been researching my Portuguese family ancestry for nearly a decade and pieced all that information together to make a biography about my grandparents' immigration to Canada and life back home. I wanted to know why they left the island and how much better their lives were after arriving. I wanted to put myself in their shoes and feel the experience of making that voyage. What I discovered was their endless sacrifice for the hope of carving out a better future. That’s what paved the road for me today!

The entire experience was cathartic for me and this book will resonate with other people of similar backgrounds and upbringings. It will surely remind you of the tales that you heard from your family growing up. I hope that you will be inspired to know your own family history, by learning about my story.


Devin Meireles

Devin Meireles is a healthcare administrative worker from Toronto that moonlights as a freelance writer. Apart from creative writing, Devin enjoys films, history, genealogy, and stamps in his passport. He wrote a narrative nonfiction book about his grandfather’s immigration story and has published many articles in literary journals and cultural magazines.

His latest book is the narrative nonfiction, The Portuguese Immigrant: Atlantic Heritage Story.

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The Portuguese Immigrant: Atlantic Heritage Story is a narrative non-fiction book about the author’s family history—particularly the lives of their paternal ancestors from Sao Miguel Island in Portugal. The story begins with their great-grandparents before shifting focus to their paternal grandparents and their unconditional love for each other. Their relationship overcame many obstacles of the time and they were physically separated for nearly three years after leaving the homeland. They became immigrants in Canada—a place where the author found themselves born and raised, being something that they are grateful for yet fascinated to reflect on the history of how it happened.

Weaving a wonderful tale of the struggles and triumphs as well as the rich Portuguese culture of their ancestry, the book follows their grandfather, VovĂ´, who was the impetus for life in the New World. Embarking on the journey of lifetime, they carried out a mission guided by true love to carve out a fighting chance for the future of his family.

The author speaks on various characteristics embodied and behavioural traits that have shaped their sense of self today while forging a deep connection with their ancestors. Understanding more about themselves than anticipated along the way to show that it really is all in the family. The history that behooves us has been set out for those with the privilege to continue down the path—a sentiment that the author draws out with great detail. Their descriptions of events set the scene to take the reader back in time.

Book Information

Release Date: January 18, 2022

Publisher:  Independent

Soft Cover: ISBN:  978-1777996611; 197 pages; $18.99; eBook $4.99; FREE on Kindle Unlimited



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