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The Wind that Shakes the Corn: Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman

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2018 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD, RELIGION FICTION

THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE CORN is a story of genuine love, but also a story about the very human cost of nursing hatred.

Nell Dugan's hatred, as well as her love and determination, are indigenous to the Irish, both Protestant and Catholic, who bring to Revolutionary America their age-old grudges against longtime domination by the
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Paperback, First, 484 pages
Published January 28th 2018 by Prytania Publishing (first published January 8th 2018)
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Fran
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The Wind That Shakes the Corn: Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman" is a historical fiction read based upon the life of Eleanor Dugan Parke, eighth great grandmother of author Kaye Park Hinckley. The story that unfolds combines extensive research, family stories handed down for generations as well as fictional embellishments. Eleanor (Nell) was four years old when the English hung her ma and the priest ma was harboring. Why were blameless people killed in 1700 Ireland? The English Crown ruled with a ...more
Richard
Autographed review copy received from author and Goodreads friend, Kaye Park Hinckley.

This work of historical fiction is the imaginatively reconstructed autobiography of Nell Dugan Parke, the author's own foremother. The story begins in Ireland as Nell witnesses at an early age the brutal execution of her own mother. This traumatic event kindles a passionate need for revenge which overshadows the whole book, and begins an account of the horrible persecution of the Catholic Irish and their (at f
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Barb
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Wind that Shakes the Corn" is an epic novel that follows an eighteenth-century young Irishwoman from her rural home to slavery in St. Kitts and eventually to the American colonies, where she lived through events leading up to the Revolutionary War as well as its aftermath. The theme of revenge runs strong through this novel, as Nell's hatred of the British whose actions devastated both her family and her homeland runs strong. She and generations of descendants must live with the bitterness ...more
Vintage274
Dec 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
*I received an advanced copy of this book in return for a review.

The historical inaccuracies were so glaring in this book that I finally had to abandon it about a third of the way through. While an occasional anachronism or misunderstanding of manners and customs of the 18th century can be easily accepted, and while I'm aware that many historical novelists unknowingly give their feisty young heroines language and behavior that does not fit the time period, it's difficult to forgive post Civil Wa
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Atheinne
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2018

Thanks to Prytania Publishing for providing me an Advance Reader's Copy via Netgalley.

The Wind that Shakes the Corn is a mixture of fiction and some factual events that happened in the life of the author's eighth great-grandmother beginning from the 18th century to early 19th century. This book is a story of love, extreme hatred, and vengeance that was passed on from one generation to the next.

Written in first person, Nell Dugan experienced living a life of constant violence from childhood to ol
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Mary Cooper
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 1 day; not because it was short but because I couldn't put it down to find out what happened with Nell.
The preview of this book is a little deceiving/off the mark: Nell did not "cunningly seduce" the man who bought her in the West Indies. Her only thoughts were of getting back to Ireland...and to Arthur.
From the first page, I was enthralled in this book. I cheered Nell on from the beginning and felt her heartbreak at each tragedy that fell upon her.
If you're looking for a g
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Karen Ullo
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An ambitious story that spans continents, wars, and many generations. Kaye Park Hinckley has encapsulated the Scots-Irish experience in the tale of one combined family, the Dugans and the Parkes, who also acquire black and Indian "family" along the way. The story focuses on themes of revenge and forgiveness as the Scots-Irish fight their seemingly endless battle against English brutality. Hinckley's characters are well-developed and her prose contains moments of sheer genius. However, I did wish ...more
Susan
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2018
I received a free copy for my true and honest opinion via Netgalley.

On her wedding night, in eighteenth-century Ireland, English soldiers abduct Nell Dugan from the arms of her beloved Scottish husband and throw her on a ship, slave-fodder for a West Indies sugar plantation. There, she uses her beauty and cunning to seduce the plantation owner's stoic son who sneaks her away to pre-revolutionary Philadelphia where she agrees to marry him, believing her Scottish husband to be dead, and swearing
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Patrick Canning
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I came across this GEM through one of my reading groups and I am glad I did. I had a hard time putting this book down because of the suspense and wonder of what happens next. Not to give it away, but it reminds me of the movie "The Patriot". The Author obviously did some well informed research and injected it in a beautiful manner into this book. Nell is truly a feisty Irish woman who you can't help root for over so much adversity. The phrase "If its' not one thing, it's another" comes to mind. ...more
Meggie Daly
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The Wind That Shakes The Corn" is one of the best books that I have read. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and this book did not disappoint. My daughter just ordered it based on my glowing recommendation. Being of Irish Catholic descent on my mother’s side, I relished the storyline. The author's use of language is simply beautiful; I highlighted many passages so that I could go back to reread them. Hinckley skillfully weaves the history of the Irish-Scottish-English battles, the slave tr ...more
Polly Krize
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review (and I really wish I did not)!

Hesitating to give any book a 1 star rating, I feel that this book is deserving of it for a variety of reasons. Historical inaccuracies and modern dialogue being used in a supposed historical memoir made this book basically unreadable. Only my opinion.
Barbara J Wicks
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A look back into history

For those readers that love historical novels, this one certainly gives you the sense of how it would have been to live, struggle, and suffer during those times. Being based on an actual person makes it even more poignant.
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I love historical fiction that's based on someone's life, especially when it's the life of their ancestor. This book is lyrical and interesting, with a unique insight to life centuries ago for an immigrant and her family. If you're interested in historical fiction focusing on more of a slice of life, you'll love this engaging read.
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