Thursday, December 10, 2020

Erin’s Children (+ Giveaway)

I’m delighted today to be a part of the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for author Eileen O’Finlan’s latest release, ERIN’S CHILDREN, a sequel to KELEGEEN.

Erin’s Children
By Eileen O’Finlan

*Historical Fiction
*The Sequel to Kelegeen
*BWL Publishing, Inc. (December 1, 2020)
*Paperback: 412 pages
*ISBN-10: 0228616212
*ISBN-13: 978-0228616214
*Digital ASIN: B08MTLXR4Z

In 1851 Irish Famine survivor, Meg O'Connor, buys passage to America for her younger sister, Kathleen, and arranges employment for her as a maid. Kathleen's feisty spirit soon puts her at odds with her employers, the bigoted and predatory Pratts. Driven from their home, Kathleen ends up on a wild adventure taking her to places she could never have imagined.

As a domestic servant in the Worcester, Massachusetts home of the kindly Claprood family, Meg enjoys a life beyond her wildest imaginings. Yet she must keep her marriage to Rory Quinn a secret. Rory, still in Ireland, eagerly awaits the day he will join her. But as the only jobs open to Irish men pay poorly, Rory's imminent arrival threatens to plunge her back into dire poverty.

On the eve of the Civil War, while America is being rent asunder by the fight over slavery, Irish Catholics wage their own war with the growing anti-immigrant Know Nothing party. Through grave doubts, dangers, and turmoil, Meg and Kathleen must rely on their faith and the resilient bonds of sisterhood to survive and claim their destinies in a new and often hostile land.

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Meet the Author

Eileen O’Finlan writes historical fiction, telling the stories on history’s margins, the things rarely taught in the classroom. For her, that’s where history really gets fun. Her promise to her readers is to craft stories that will thoroughly immerse them in another time and place.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, her family moved to Worcester when she was two.  Four years later they moved to Holden where Eileen grew up and where she now resides.

Eileen holds a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry.  She works full time for the Diocese of Worcester and teaches online courses in Catholic studies for the University of Dayton, Ohio. 

Erin's Children is her second novel and the sequel to her debut novel, Kelegeen.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn’t this sound like an intriguing story with a strong, determined female protagonist? Sounds like some difficult times for the sisters, what do you think?

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  1. The Irish had a very difficult time of it didn't they? Starved in their home land and treated with extreme prejudice in too many of the places they sought a fresh start.
    What a fascinating topic for a novel. Thank you and Eileen.

    1. They certainly did! But, like most immigrants, they were resiliant. When I think of how difficult it must be for anyone to start a new life in an unfamiliar land with very different customs and language I am awed by their courage and determination.

  2. Historical novels can teach us a lot, and this sounds like an interesting backdrop to the story. The characters sound interesting, too. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Margot. I am a stickler for historical accuracy so I hope readers learn something from my novels while thoroughly enjoying the best story I can offer!

  3. This historical sounds fascinating and memorable. Historicals are my favorite stories since they are meaningful and unforgettable.

    1. Historical fiction are my favorite stories, too! When solid historical research is mixed with a gripping tale it makes for a fascinating read. I am grateful for all the wonderful historical fiction authors who make learning history so much fun.

  4. Thank you, Thoughts in Progress, for being a part of my blog tour for Erin's Children!


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