Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

When he suffers a broken heart, our unlikely hero, Henry, travels from his home in Newfoundland to Afghanistan to work as an army-affiliated contractor. His existential crisis deepens after a roadside attack kills a friend. Now he must atone for the death the only way he knows: returning to the Rock and his friend’s grieving pregnant wife, to rebuild their crumbling family home. Could adopting his friend’s life help Henry find the sense of belonging he’s been after all along? This isn’t your typical war story, romance novel or tale of redemption — but a combination of the three that makes for one hell of a ride.

Minister Without Portfolio, Michael Winter, $30. Available at and