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In By The Next Pause, Canadian author G. Barton-Sinkia brings us to a time when Toronto was on the cusp of turning into the diverse mosaic it is today.


At seventeen, Pam Allen escapes Jamaica, leaving her infant daughter Simone behind. Years later, after the death of her aunt, Pam is forced to take in the daughter she never wanted. They live in a run-down apartment complex in North York next to Mike O’Shea – a racist, loudmouth high school dropout who has recently separated from his wife and finds himself raising his eight-year-old son, Nolan, alone. The two parents try to coexist in a world where they are drowning as single parents until they reluctantly join forces to raise their young children together.  When a life-altering mistake forces their children on diverging, tumultuous paths, the make-shift family struggles to find their way back to each other before their whole world crumbles for good.

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"A lush, tumultuous and emotional read: 5 Stars!"

Marion (on Goodreads)


"Highly recommended! ... Many times I found that I couldn’t wait to get back to the book, JUST to see what would ‘happen next.’ I may have even shed a tear. Or two or three..."

Floyd D. (on Goodreads)

"An emotional rollercoaster ... It was hard for me to put it down. I was so invested in these characters ... This novel actually made me "pause". I had to think about some of my decisions... How we envision love. How our family's dynamic can shape us, but can we actually break that mold? I am still digesting this amazing story ... I loved it! "

Kenya (on Goodreads)

"What a thrill ride of a debut novel! To call this unexpected journey anything short of epic would be cutting it short. The thoughtful, detailed descriptions keep the reader gripped at every twist and turn of this adventure and equally glued to the simultaneous journeys of several key characters. "

Brian R. (on Goodreads)

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