Cape Breton Orphan

A story of survival, overcoming, and forgiveness

"In 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and in 1969, I met my mother. I was eight years old."


In this gripping memoir, Randall James tears open his life story, taking the reader on a breathless roller coaster ride through his childhood, teen and adult life.


Despite years of neglect, poverty, and violence, Randall graduates from high school and heads out into the world. But his shaky foundation soon leads to drastic consequences, including a suicide attempt.


After battling alcohol, marital and health issues, Randall ultimately learns that life's roller coaster doesn't always conclude with a fairy tale ending. What's most important is not the ride itself, but who is with you along the way.


At times hilarious, at times harrowing, this candid account of one man's struggle, growth, and transformation points to the meaning beneath the hardships of life.


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Pharmasave - Sydney, MB2, HP, Pier, New Waterford

Indigospirit - Mayflower Mall



Coles - Halifax Shopping Center

Coles - Scotia Square 

Indigospirit - SunnySide Mall, Bedford

Coles - Bridgewater Mall

Chapters - Mic Mac Mall, Dartmouth


Coles - Highland Square Mall, New Glasgow

Coles - Antigonish Market Square, Antigonish

Coles - Truro Mall, Truro

Coles - County Fair Mall, New Minas


The Author

Randall is a game designer and author with Caper Games.
Randall is a game designer and author with Caper Games.








 "Well, I just finished this wonderful book! Randall, you poured your heart into sharing your story with us. The good times and the bad. I didn't want it to end! ENCORE!!!"


--Judy Urquhart
Whitby, Ontario


"Snuggled in on a cold rainy Cape Breton night and couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. Being the same age and knowing some people mentioned in the book I was surprised I didn’t know Randy from school...but after reading this book felt I knew him. Cape Breton Orphan brought me back to memories of growing up with the basics, how our struggles were normal but more importantly how we grew as a result of them. Our upbringing although tough to varying degrees helped define who we are today. Thank you Randy for sharing of yourself and your faith in this inspirational book."


--Sandra Boudreau

"Well I got the book today at 4 and just finished it! I know God is good. I really enjoyed your reflections from picking blueberries to the ball bouncing at Central school. It was so refreshing to hear the names of the people we grew up with.

A great read indeed! Best of luck."


--Ann White


"Pick this book up at Pharmasave in Cape Breton! Local author, Randall James, writes about his childhood in Low Point and New Waterford and his journey through life. Great stuff!"


--Patricia Hillier




"I've fallen in love with these stories."


--Angela MacLean

  Hamilton, Ontario



 "I am enjoying this book very much! Even had tears."


--Nora Campbell

Sherwood Park, Alberta



"I am enjoying this story. My emotions are all over the place. Cannot wait to read on!"


--Sharon Burke Randles

Sackville, Nova Scotia (Proud Cape Bretoner)



 "Randall James' memoir has captivated my interest to the point where I could not stop reading the chapter teasers. This is a story that draws you into the author's challenges as a child, teen and adult.

 I pre-ordered and am looking forward to its release."


--Damien Scott