Book: Honor O'Flynn - A Search for the True Will of God by James Bailey
categories: Book, Historical Novel, Honor O'Flynn, Tobacco Brides, Anglican vs Christian, Young Adult Reading, Christian Romance
James Bailey about this book: Honor O'Flynn is a historical novel about my seven generations removed grandmother who, at the age of 14 was kidnapped from Ireland and sold as a tobacco bride in the United States. The story is about her intense desire to be a nun and teach children, and how she deals with the fears and conflicts of that desire being destroyed with the life she is afraid she will live if she cannot somehow return to her native Ireland. Readers who enjoy Christian Romance novels will love Honor O'Flynn, as will many Young Adult readers. The extended title, Honor O'Flynn - A Search for the True Will of God was selected to show - aside from the growing romance between Honor and the gentleman who purchased her as his bride - her struggles and coming to a place of peace about this love and how she could still serve God and teach children. The cover was a blessing! My wife and I were out to dinner and saw a young woman who looked exactly like what I envisioned Honor. After some conversation, she agreed to be photographed for the cover and each time I look at it - I know the decision was a good one. The hardest part of writing Honor was the research; it was however, also the most enriching. When writing historical novels, it is extremely important to provide the true elements and build characters around the culture, etc. which was predominate of the time. Living in a world so far removed from 1700 American - this was a constant challenge!
My note to readers - this is a fun and energizing read! Honor is indeed a "character" as she responds to life as any teenager would - sassy at times and bordering on being deliberately alluring as she attempts to control the situation between her and James Logsdon. The book is also one that tells more about the true history of that period of the United States than we will ever see in school books, and takes the reader to a place of pondering what their life purpose is. It is a fine blend of humor, drama, romance and intrigue.
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