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Betrayed by their homeland, the English, and the Catholic Church, the O'Dwyer family of four brothers and a sister is torn apart and forced to flee early-nineteenth-century Ireland one by one. Their search for one another and their struggle to restore the family while spread over three countries challenge them to retain their faith and belief in the future. All four ...more
Paperback, 478 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Xlibris
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Jim Gallen
Aug 29, 2014 Jim Gallen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone intersted in Irish History
This book could be described as an historical novel with a touch of romance. It portrays many aspects of traditional Irish culture: its poverty; its aristocracy and peasantry, each dependent on and resentful of the other; a Church that sins and seeks forgiveness, that oppresses and saves. The reader can almost smell the stench of the blighted potatoes, feel the roll and hear the sounds of the immigrant ships and sympathize with the rebels while understanding the squires too. We are torn by the ...more
Cheryl
Disclaimer first: I got my copy of this book free as a First Reads giveaway.

I like historical fiction. I love non-fiction history. I have read a fair amount on the subject of the famine, the coffin ships, the prejudice when the Irish arrived here, particularly in the Boston area since that is where I am from. I don't know I would have liked this book so much if it hadn't been for the previous reading I had done.

The writing was good enough to make me care about the people in the story, even those
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Linda Rossi
Apr 12, 2014 Linda Rossi rated it it was amazing
Both my husband and I enjoyed this book. Once we started reading it, we did not want to put it down. One family and such diversified characters--how they changed from when the lived in Ireland to when the came to America or in some cases did not change. But they were offered a new life and chance to make something of themselves here. This book reminded you of the problems faced in Ireland at that time and the prejudices the Irish and Catholics faced when they came to this country. Have ...more
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Joyce McDonald is the author of The Benediction, (http://www.thebenedictionnovel.com) an Irish historical novel published in January 2012, and of Killing the Cure,
(http://www.killingthecurethebook.com) a contemporary political novel, published in 2010. She has been in the field of writing all of her adult life. She was a feature writer for a daily newspaper, a publications editor for a string of b
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