North American writer Berzins to release memoir

Writer Ilze Berzins is set to release her latest book titled A True Love Story on Nov. 1. The book is an autobiographical account of Berzins’ life.

According to a press release from Berzins: “Journey with her from Latvia to Germany to Canada to Paris and back, and finally – after romantic mishaps, outrageous escapades, and tragic loss – to Maine where she finally finds her true home with her true love. Berzins’ narrative is at times acerbic, humorous, and evocative, but it is always engaging. If you don’t believe in happy endings, this delightful memoir may change your mind.”

Berzins previous mystery titled The Blood Red Teardrop was released in 2011. Some of Berzins’ previous books include Aluksne, set in the Latvian town of Alūksne and Riga Blanca, a thriller about the criminal underworld of post-Soviet Riga. Berzins’ first mystery was Death in the Glebe, published in 1999 and set in Ottawa, Canada. Happy Girl, published in 1997 was a memoir of Berzins’ attempt to repatriate to Latvia. In 2009, she published a biography of her mother, Ilze Henriete Bērziņš, titled Portrait of a Latvian Beauty. Berzins is the author of a total of 14 books.

A True Love Story runs 304 pages and is available for USD 20 from the author, who may be contacted by email at or through her website,


Daina Gross is editor of Latvians Online. An Australian-Latvian she is also a migration researcher at the University of Latvia, PhD from the University of Sussex, formerly a member of the board of the World Federation of Free Latvians, author and translator/ editor/ proofreader from Latvian into English of an eclectic mix of publications of different genres.

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