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HERstory Book of the Week: Kelegeen

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6:00 PM | Anonymous


Kelegeen

Written by: Eileen O'Finlan

Genre: Fiction

Available on: Amazon

Website: https://www.eileenofinlan.com/

Book Summary:

On an evening in 1846 engaged couple Meg O’Connor and Rory Quinn join in an exuberant moondance. Observing is the parish priest, Father Brian O’Malley. The moondance brings bittersweet memories of Siobhan, the long-dead love of his youth, with whom he still feels a spiritual connection. Within days of the dance, the villagers of Kelegeen awake to find their potato crops destroyed by blight. They’ve been through famine before. But this is an Gorta Mór, a monster the likes of which Ireland has never seen. At first Meg and Rory devise ways to help provide for their families, Meg through her sewing, Rory with his wood carving. But when tragedy and a costly mistake end those means of survival they turn to more dangerous ventures. Father O’Malley reluctantly teams up with an English doctor, Martin Parker, to alleviate Kelegeen’s suffering. When Meg learns of ships carrying Irish passengers to a new life in America she is determined to go and bring Rory and their families after her. It will take all her strength and courage along with the help of her beloved priest and the English doctor to make the plan succeed.


Bio on the Author

Eileen O'Finlan's debut novel, Kelegeen, was released on March 1, 2018 by BWL Publishing, Inc. Quotes from five star Amazon reader reviews include, "This book grabs you from the beginning...", "It's not an easy book to put down once you start it, but you also don't want it to end", "This was probably one of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend it to all," "This is what historical fiction is supposed to be," and the author's personal favorite review quote: "I have enjoyed many books which I chose from Oprah's book club and this is one that would fit on her list. I put Kelegeen in the top three books I have ever read." Due to constant demand from readers for a sequel to Kelegeen, the research phase for this next book is underway.

Eileen loves to weave stories of historical fiction with strong, but very human, characters who prevail against the odds. Fascinated by the unusual and little-known aspects of history her goal is to create a magical experience for readers in which they encounter the unexpected. Eileen attributes her interest in the paranormal, which also makes its appearance in her writing, to the facts that she lived in a haunted house at a very young age and that she has a deep Celtic spirituality.

Find out more about Eileen O'Finlan, her books, her cats (who have a story of their own in the works), and her ongoing endeavor to transition her entire front yard into a giant flower garden at www.eileenofinlan.com. 

Author: Eileen O'Finlan




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