Amanda Doucette is an adventurous, passionate, thirty-something international aid worker who has returned to her home in Canada to recover her health and chart a new path after a traumatic ordeal in Africa. Even while recovering, however, she can't turn away from the struggles of innocent people. Amanda is a powerful character who rides a lime green motorcycle and owns a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever based on one of Barbara's own.
At the moment, three books are planned in the series, with plenty of potential for more. As always, Barbara's interest in psychology, social justice and human rights informs both Amanda's character and the themes of the books. Each book in the series finds Amanda embroiled in adventure and intrigue in a different iconic Canadian setting as she crosses the country on a charitable tour. She is helped in her adventures by two committed friends–RCMP corporal Chris Tymko and seasoned journalist Matthew Goderich. In the first, Fire in the Stars, due out in September 2016, Amanda searches for a missing friend in Newfoundland's remote, rugged Great Northern Peninsula. Barbara is currently hard at work on the second, The Trickster's Lullaby, which is set in Quebec's world-class Mont Tremblant area.