Truly enjoyed this book. It is one in a series of 4 and I am excited to begin the second. Don't miss reading the prologue as it is essential to the storyline.
The rich irish heritage and history is fascinating and the characters are engaging.
Linda C. (Seagull) reviewed Only the River Runs Free (Galway Chronicles, Bk 1) on
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One poor befuddled old woman speaks of freedom, truth, and hope. Mad Molly fahey promises the priest and villagers that a miracle is on its way to the beleaguered Ballynockanor. She says, "A scret miracle, Father, but a miracle it will be, no doubt." And on Christmas Eve, when a stranger crosses the frozen river and enters the village, a chain of events begins that will forever change the lives of those who live in Ballynockanor. (front flap)
Prologue: It was late afternoon of a cold, raw day in February 1827. The Galway mail coach threaded a slow course across the long barren plain that led west....rain fell heavily throughout the day. Thick black mud obscured the yellow side panels of the coach, clung to the wheels and traces, and added to the burden of the exhausted horses. Dripping umbrellas hung down from every side of the vehicle.....
The Galway Chronicles
The village is in sore need of a miracle. Struggling under grinding poverty & a greedy landlord. Ballynockanor is a story of a thousand Irish villages where an English usurper is despised by his Irish tenants
Fabulous book but I have two copies! This is a story about Ireland during the "Great Hunger" and the people who helped and survived. It is a love story on many levels. The series is a must read. The series defined Irish history and the "Gorta Mor" like nothing I have ever read. The writing is emotionally powerful, incredibly skilled and intelligent in presentation. It is brim full of their evident passion for the people and the times they portray. Brock and Bodie Thoene are authors for our time! Fifty years from now people will still be reading and marveling over their work. They are the best historical novelists of their generation.
Wow! The Thoene's do it again! They certainly did deliver. They gave a good overview of some of Ireland's torrid history and gave a face to the revolutions of old. Along the way, we follow one family's fight to live amongst this corrupt system that kept them enslaved to the English for years, much like America's sharecroppers were.
t 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 spiritual 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.
I admit up front that I love the Thoene's books! This one was a slightly different setting and I loved the insight into the history of Ireland. As always, they tie in Christian characters into a historical setting. Loved it!