Historical Fiction

Erin’s Children + Giveaway!

Erin’s Children by Eileen O’Finlan

Publication Date: December 1, 2020
BWL Publishing, Inc.
Paperback & eBook; 433 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

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.

Available on Amazon

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Recently, while perusing a thrift store with my mother, we began discussing our current reads. Both of us had recently finished historical fiction novels; hers by Kristen Hannah, mine being Kelegeen by Eileen O’Finlan. We were both pleased with our respective books and began comparing notes, as neither book was an easy read. Her book followed the stories of women left behind while their husbands went off to war. Mine covered the devastation and loss of the Great Famine in Ireland. Yet, despite the difficult subjects, we couldn’t put our books down. Why? Simple.

Brilliant authors.

Although, I convinced her that my author was the more skilled of the two. (Just sayin’.)

My love for Kelegeen only grew as I dove into the sequel, Erin’s Children. Which somehow, magically, outdid it’s predecessor. Meg and Kathleen (whom you will fall head-over-heels for) decide to make a future for themselves and their families by immigrating to America as domestic servants. (It should be noted that this novel reads perfectly as a stand-alone.) Meg lands herself a good, caring family and slowly adjusts to living with abundance, new clothes and a full belly. Kathleen however, is sent to work for a family who prefers prejudice and cruelty towards Irish immigrants. While Meg finds her strength by accepting her circumstances and adapting to them, Kathleen finds her strength in balking against being treated as “less-than” and deciding to forge her own way.

Rarely do I find an historical fiction so painstakingly researched or beautifully fleshed-out for the reader. It was with absolute zero effort that I stepped into this story. Eileen O’Finlan (does anyone else wish that O’Finlan was their last name, too?) (Stacie O’Finlan sounds good, yes?) sets you down right in the middle of 1850’s America, complete with the sights, sounds and fashion. She highlights masterfully the struggles and hopes of the immigrant families, trying to carve new lives for themselves in a hostile and unsympathetic country, as well as the daily routines specific to that time-period. Meg and Kathleen, as well as a host of other characters, are exceptionally unique and individual, who not only possess their own personalities and perspectives, but grow with the story and bounce off of each other seamlessly.

Bottom Line: Come, let me introduce you to Erin’s Children. Make room, though. They’re going to take up permanent residence.

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About the Author

Eileen O’Finlan lives in central Massachusetts with a calico Maine Coon cat named Autumn Amelia who likes to “help” her with her historical research and writing mostly by shoving her research books onto the floor, sleeping on her keyboard, and demanding treats at inopportune moments. Eileen loves Autumn Amelia.

Eileen also loves history which is why she went back to college in her late twenties to earn an undergraduate degree in it. She later returned to college for a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. Now she teaches online courses for the University of Dayton, Ohio. Seems she can’t get enough of college.

She also can’t get enough of books – reading and writing them. And cats. She can’t get enough of cats. Since she’s had at least one since the age of six, she can’t comprehend life without a cat.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, June 28
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, June 29
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, June 30
Review & Excerpt at Niki Loves to Read

Thursday, July 1
Review at Two Bookish Babes
Excerpt at CelticLady’s Reviews

Monday, July 5
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Tuesday, July 6
Interview at Passages to the Past

Wednesday, July 7
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Giveaway

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