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Only the River Runs Free (Galway Chronicles, Bk 1)
Only the River Runs Free - Galway Chronicles, Bk 1 Author:Brock Thoene, Bodie Thoene Only the River Runs Free is an action-packed story of Ireland in the 1830's and 40's. It was a time when English landlords held power over Irish tenant farmers and seeds of bitterness were sown that would last for generations. In an endeavor to eliminate all influences of Irish heritage, the English forced an intellectual and sp... more »iritual bondage on Ireland as well as a bitter physical bondage of servitude. Freedom had become so rare that the Irish coined a saying, "In Ireland only the rivers run free." Yet one poor, befuddled old woman speaks of freedom, truth, and hope. Mad Molly Fahey promises the priest and villages that a miracle is on its way.
The Village is in sore need of a miracle. Struggling under grinding poverty and a greedy overlord, Ballynockanor is the story of a thousand Irish Villages where an English usurper is despised by his Irish tenants. When a stranger crosses the river and enters the village on Christmas Eve, Molly proclaims that he is the herald of freedom and change. Is this quiet man the spark that will stroke the fires of Irish nationalism and bring freedom in a troubled time? Or will he bring the destruction of an entire way of life?« less