In 18th century Ireland, a drought forces destitute Ulstermen Edward and Henry McConnell to assume false names and escape to America with the one valuable thing they still own–their ancestors’ gold torc.
Edward must leave love behind. Henry finds it in the foul belly of The Charming Hannah, only to lose it when an elusive trader purchases his sweetheart’s indenture.
With nothing but broken hearts, a lame ox, and the torc they cannot sell without invoking an ancient curse, they head for the wilderness of Cumberland County, where all hope of survival rests upon getting the seed in the ground. Under constant threat of French and Indian attack, they endure crushing toil and hardship, and by summer, they have wheat for their reward—and news of Henry’s lost love. They emerge from isolation and follow her trail to Philadelphia, unaware that her cruel new master awaits them there, his heart set on obtaining the priceless torc they protect.
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This is a lush historical that truly brings the Colonial era to life! Readers will easily come to love Edward, Henry, and Mary as they follow their dreams to a new land, and ache for them when those dreams are dashed or turned in a new direction. The plot is riveting, with the men trying to survive in a wilderness fraught with danger and unseen enemies and Mary trying to survive a horrific master. The detail included in the setting descriptions is outstanding and it is clear the author has done a great deal of research. The story is woven into the history so flawlessly that the reader will feel transported back in time. This book is a captivating experience in adventure, romance, and intrigue and will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.
Julie Doherty captured me and transported me back to the 18th century where people imbued with courage and driven by desperation forged a new life in colonial-era America. Rich in imagery and filled with emotional impact, her writing juxtaposes lush description of the setting against the rough Scots-Irish brogue of the characters.
Doherty’s research shines through as she brings America’s wilderness and this period in America’s history to life. Her descriptions are vivid and the historical era well presented. She captures the Scots-Irish longing for freedom and their commitment to the new land, notwithstanding the trials they must endure.