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A Novel Take on Family History

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Full title: A Journey in Time [a novel]

Creator / Author: Maureen Francis Doyle

Item Type / Page count: Book / 387p [also available as an e-book]

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Outskirts Press Inc. / 10940 S. Parker Rd., 515 Parker, Colorado 80134, U.S.A.

About: This is a novel of Ireland, of famine, of emigration and of new lives forged in foreign lands. Using her personal family history and scaffolding the narrative with actual historical events the author, Maureen Francis Doyle, has created an utterly believable story. Her great grandfather, John Doyle, left Ireland in 1848, never to return. This book is one imagined scenario of his subsequent experiences. Numerous descendants of the Irish diaspora could have a similar story to tell, but it is doubtful if many could render it so skilfully and in such compelling fashion.

ID number(s): 9781478758709

Chapters: [Part I] A Note Before You Begin the Journey – Wicklow, Ireland – Thomas and Winfred – Samuel and Charlotte Castleford & The Lord Fitzpatrick Estate – Typhoid Fever – Time to Leave Ireland – The Shillelagh Workhouse – Probationary Ward and Employment — Journey to the Ship. [Part II] Sailing to America – Liverpool – Life at Sea – Quebec – The Orphan House – The Journey Continues – Kingston. [Part III] Arrival – The Farm – Potash and Settling in – Challenges – The Auction – The Family Arrives – A New Life – Grand Trunk Railroad & the First Real Christmas — The Wedding – A New Family and War – Newburgh Academy – William – The Keilty Saloon – The Boxing Match / William’s Departure – Joseph and Mary Francis – John – A Note on History by Jim Rees.

WW Connection #1: The family of the real-life John Doyle lived in the Coolkenno / Shillelagh area of in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “There is nothing colder than an Irish winter. John stood in the frigid air pulling his thin coat around him feeling the cold seep through the cloth….”

Extra #2: Link to the author’s website and blog.

Extra #3: Link to the Publisher’s website

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #5: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Hat-Tip: To the author, Maureen Francis Doyle, for making the book available for viewing prior to listing on this blog.

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2 thoughts on “A Novel Take on Family History

  1. This sounds just my cuppa tay and a definite must-read. Biographical fiction, perhaps?

  2. Hello – thank you for your kind words. Somewhat biographical. I think more historical fiction. I hope you like the book. Would love to hear your comments if you decide to read it. Best wishes to you!! Maureen

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