Book Review: The Journey from Donegal by Laurie Smithercategories: Book, Humor, Action, Culture, Historical Fiction
Laurie Smitherabout this book: It is the year 1875. County Donegal is a wretched and hungry place for a man to make a living. Irishmen get by on subsistence farming and casual work if they are lucky. The workhouse if they are not. Potato spirit and fistfights serve as a diversion to the misery.
Twenty-five-year-old Michael McElhenny has inherited his parent's small holding and picked up the fundamentals of a classical education from an atheist priest. An incident sends him on the run just ahead of the law, leaving his new wife, the high-spirited Mary, to follow him to the new British colony of New Zealand.
So begins a journey in a strange and beautiful frontier land. Michael has a shy nature and needs to learn much about love, relationships, and the human condition but soon finds out, as most of us eventually do, that his biggest obstacle is himself.
This is a classic Aristolian quest with unique characters, unique places, and an authentic sense of early New Zealand life. A good read told with subtle humour, action and historical accuracy.
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Fascinating ReadHistorical fiction is not often my first choice for a read, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its fascinating history, as well as being a well-written and good story including a bit of humor, romance and action. [by Leila Summers]
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