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Published November 12th 2010 by Xlibris Corporation
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Title: Chronicling a Family History
Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McLain

Reviewed by S. Davis
March 13, 2015
6:00 p.m.

Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McLain was one of the most inspiring books I have ever read in my life. Charley’s story seemed almost too perfectly thought out for me to think that it was anything but fiction. However, within the last few pages, the author provides the reader with the information that Charley’s story was true. This story was passed down through the generations in McLai
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Sheila
Told mostly in first-person, Dobyn’s Chronicles recreates the America of the 1800s and 1900s very convincingly, peopling it with characters from the author’s family history. There’s a wealth of fascinating detail woven into the story, and a great sense of place and space. Characters and the hardships they endure all seem real, from children orphaned by Yellow Fever, to threats of the evil tax-man and financial ruin. Train travel is new. Medicine is growing by leaps and bounds. Banks may or may n ...more
Cathy Wilson
Jul 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Man to Remember

Charley Dobyns is a man I’d like to meet. Shirley McLain portrays her great-grandfather in the best light possible. My admiration goes out to this young man, almost a boy himself, who keeps his family together, raising his brother and sister. Untimely deaths of the people close to him, along with severe weather conditions in Oklahoma are the catalysts that make Charley grow up fast. He never gives up and continues to develop into a fine young man encountering negative forces a
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Betty
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Journey Back In Time

I received a free copy from the author for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
Learned about life the early 1900's by following Charley Doblyns and his family as they live in Southeast Texas and Northeast Oklahoma. The writing is smooth and easy to read. There are no twists or turns in the .story. you will rejoice when things are great and cry when things go wrong.
Charley is sixteen when his parents died of yellow fever. His brother David is twelve and their sister Vi
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Tracy Ehlers
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received this book from the author for an honest review*

Not usually a genre that I read regularly, but Ms McLain has written a wonderful story, that had me invested it the characters and the life they led. A fascinating story of Charley Dobyns' family and the struggles of life in the late 19 century. Little more than a child himself, he took on the role of provider for his family, with devotion he made a life. Some called it the simple life! Simple but still a challenge!

Ms McLain's research
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Zeeshan Raza
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Charley Dobyns is a page turner. The time the author spent in research has proven very worth while. The story has enough factual elements and is told in just enough detail to make it a very interesting read. A real taste of what it must have been like to live in North East Texas, Chickasaw Territory and eastern Oklahoma in the 1890's.

There were so many twists and turns, some very emotional parts and some very scarey parts, that will keep your interest to the very end.

It is very wel
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Amy Shannon
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended and inspirational story!

This is an amazing 'chronicle" of the life of Charlie Dobyns, created soon after his parents (Pa and Ma) married in 1872. It was a poignant, heartbreaking and yet compelling story. Charlie had to be strong at a very young age, when tragedy hit his family. He is a remarkable hero of the story, but not just to the plot, but to his family. The clinging of his siblings as he takes the reins to take care of his family is remarkable and triumphant. I loved th
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Danni
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book on the strength of a review on one of the book sites and I am really pleased that I did. It isn't something I would usually read but it was beautifully written and so insightful I found myself transported to a different time. The characters were simply wonderful and it was uplifting how they overcame their challenges and came through stronger for all their ordeals. I can't help thinking we have it easy these days and this was a wonderful and perhaps timely reminder of how lucky ...more
Glen
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads, biography
I won this book in a goodreads firstreads drawing.

An interesting biography of the sort of life we don't hear a lot about any more.

Charlie Dobyns is a normal guy with perhaps more than his share of bad luck. Still, through pluck and perseverance, he managed to live a good life, and make his mark.

Pretty good Americana.
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
This book chronicles the lives of The Dobyns Family. I tried reading this book about a couple of months ago just didn't feel right at the time. I can' definitely see why. You really had to pay special attention to the running threads through out the whole book to gain the complete story. The wealth of information and history is undeniably strong.
Autumn
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the book, review to come.
MWBP
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Finest Generation – A review of the novel ‘Dobyns Chronicles’

“It is so much simpler to bury reality than it is to dispose of dreams” - Don DeLillo

Author Shirley McLain’s latest novel ‘Dobyns Chronicles’ is a historical fiction loosely based on the life and times of her grandfather Charles Kenly Dobyns. Charles or Charley to those close to him was the eldest son of Kennerly, an American cowboy and Eliza, a Cherokee Indian and was raised in a farm in Red River in Bonham near Northeast Texas. T
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Carolyn Injoy
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history readers, family stories
Recommended to Carolyn by: Armando Rodera
I received a free kindle copy of Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McClain, published by XLibris LLC from an Amazon promotion in exchange for a fair review. I gave it four stars.

"Old age is hell, but it's something all of us have to go through." This was a good hook for me.

The main character, Charles Kenly Dobyns, opens the story with what his father told him many years before.

"You never know what road life will lead you down. Pa told me when I was a little boy, 'You just have to take a deep seat &
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Cold  Coffee
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Dobyns Chronicles’ starts out with a picture of an Indian Territory Map which I especially enjoyed looking at. This story gives the reader a true taste of what life was like in the 1890’s. The setting is in Chickasaw Territory, North East Texas and in Eastern Oklahoma.

Turning the page from this map to chapter one, line one, the reader is struck with “OLD AGE IS hell, but it’s something all of us have to go through” and shortly thereafter another line that reads “You never know what road life wi
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Crystal
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As some of you know romance or mystery are normally my reading comfort zone. Every now and then I will take a step out of my reading zone and read a different type of material. I do enjoy hearing stories and researching my own family history so I thought this might be a fun book to try. I am so glad I took a leap out of my comfort zone to read Dobyns Chronicles.

Dobyns Chronicles details the life of Charlie Dobyns and his siblings, David and Viola. The Dobyns' family story is so interesting and
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Joan
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insight into An Age Gone By
For those of us alive in these times, it is hard to accept and realize the hardships that people suffered in the l9th and 20th centuries in America. This story takes place in northeastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma where ranches included hundreds of acres and the main income was cattle raising. The protagonist, Charlie Dobyns is the son of a Cherokee mother and White man, but the mother is strict with her children and raises them like any white mother would. After Char
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Theresa Smith
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction is not my favorite genre although I do read it fairly often. Because of that I was surprised at how well Dobyns Chronicles captured my attention and held on throughout the book. Shirley Mclain did a fantastic job of telling the story so that you didn't want to stop reading because there was always something new happening in Charley's life.

Charley Dobbins had a hard life starting at 16 years of age. He suddenly had to take care of his siblings and hold the family unit together
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Gayle Pace
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this entire book and all the while felt it was a true story. Didn't realize it until I was done. The author wrote with such a feeling of the characters being so real that you felt you could reach out and hug Viola as she was crying at the loss of her Ma and Pa. You don't lose your way in this book. It flows so nicely that you don't have to go back and re-read to figure out what is going on. The author gives us such closeness that the pioneers had. They helped each other no matter what.Ms. ...more
Diane Coto
What would you do? You’re only sixteen years old and your parents die within minutes of each other due to yellow fever. You have a ten year old brother and a four year old sister looking up to you. You can’t call family to come to your aid; there are no phones and especially no cell phones. The year was 1888. Charley’s parents were Kennerly and Eliza Dobyns. A few years before they died, Charley remembered the family had spent some time with Willis and Martha Holmes, friends of his parents. He b ...more
Gloria Piper
McLain tells us this is a novel, but written as it is in memoir style, we can assume it is a fictionalized version of a real life.

Charley is the point of view character. As a young child, his outlook is convincing for his age, but he has to grow up fast.

His story carries us from the 1880s into the 20th century. Most of the action takes place in the late 1900s, and I would have preferred it stayed there. We get a good look at the way day to day life was for the average country person. It's fasci
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Kathryn
The title is intriguing; Dobyn’s and ‘Chronicles’, and it lives up to expectations. This memoir style archival journey is an endearing meander through the life of Charlie Dobyns’ in the early 1900’s. The unusual style is dominated with dialogue that lends itself to a slowness of pace quite at home in the Southern States, though which, at times, falls a little flat. More narrative at the expense of some redundant dialogue (often drawn out with much mentioned drinking of coffee!) might have enhanc ...more
Ebook Planet
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book chronicles the semi-fictional life of Charlie Dobyns, a half-Cherokee half-cowboy who was the grandfather of the author. Beginning on a ranch in Texas in the 1880's, the story takes us to Oklahoma, and the adventures along the way are nothing less than absorbing. Dobyns was forced to raise his siblings after tragedy struck when he lost his parents to yellow fever at just sixteen years old. He faced many more trials and tribulations over the years and decades, giving us many insights in ...more
Kelly Smith Reviews
Charley Dobyns is the first-born son of two loving parents in the late 1800's. He had two much younger siblings, David and Viola, and the family ran a farm in the South.
When both parents are taken from them much too early, sixteen-year-old Charley must take it upon himself to raise his siblings and be the head of the house, though he's not much more than a child himself.

Shirley McLain's novel claims on my Kindle app to take 6 hours to read. I read it in less than four. From page one you are draw
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Just another reader
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a brilliant piece of historical fiction that I loved all the way through. The story takes us through the times of Charlie Dobyns, an enigmatic and haunting character. Born to a cowboy father and a Cherokee Indian mother, Charlie's life wasn't a bed of thorns. Shouldering the responsibility of taking care of his siblings and himself, Charlie is a rock of a character. As we see the world through the eyes
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Lindsay
This book takes place around the time period of 1870's. It talks about cattle drives. It a story about Charley Dobyns. He gets a little brother and then a little sister. The boys are raised a little harder then their little sister. He is born in Texas near the red river. He has brothers and sisters but he never meets them. They live an eventful life for some time. With all being stress and need a vacation. They all head up to the Holmes Ranch. They learn about the Yellow fever epidemic that goin ...more
Rosie Amber
Dobyns Chronicles is a piece of family historical fiction. The story really begins in the late 1800's and shows us life in Texas and Oklahoma for farming folks. Charley's parents were Kennerley and Eliza Dobyns. They had 3 children Charley, David and Viola. At aged 16, Charley's parents both died of yellow fever and Charley was forced to take over leadership of his family group.

He first took them to stay on a ranch with Mr & Mrs Homes where they were made very welcome, but when Mr Holmes died t
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Marjorie
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given To Me For An Honest Review


Shirley McLain has written a book that I felt was more of an historical fiction rather than just a fiction. It reads so real and as you read it you feel like you are there also. This is about a young boy whose father was a cowboy and whose mother was Cherokee. His parents have worked very hard on their ranch to raise their children. But tragedy ends Charlie's way of life. He finds that it is up to him to raise his siblings, David and Violet. His passion for dignit
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Jaime
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McLain's novel is a touching story which will reel readers in slowly and keep them glued to their seats until the very end. The characters become alive with each flick of the page, and they tend to linger once one has reached the finish. The author's prose is painted with a steady hand and her talent for writing and storytelling is quite noticeable especially when your mind may begin to wander pondering the trials and tribulations both Cowboys and Indians had to endure at the turn of the 20th ce ...more
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
This is an enchanting tale of Charlie Dobyns family history.
Life for Charlie started on a ranch with his mother, father, brother & sister, where they all worked hard to survive.
When tragedy strikes after a family trip away, Charlie decides to move his remaining family back to the Ranch they had stayed at previously.
Together with his Brother & Sister, they start to build a good life for themselves, until yet again they find that they have to move on to build another life.

Throughout this story you
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Betty
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I received a free copy from the author for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
Learned about life the early 1900's by following Charley Doblyns and his family as they live in Southeast Texas and Northeast Oklahoma. The writing is smooth and easy to read. There are no twists or turns in the .story. you will rejoice when things are great and cry when things go wrong.
Charley is sixteen when his parents died of yellow fever. His brother David is twelve and their sister Viola is fours old. Afte
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