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BLOGWORDS – Friday 27 January 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BRIGID OF IRELAND and PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – BRIGID OF IRELAND and PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

 

 

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THE BLURBS:    

Brigid of Ireland: In 5th-century pagan-dominated Ireland, Brigid is born a slave to her own father and is separated from her mother. Desperately seeking love and acceptance, Brigid becomes a believer in Christ. Knowing how the Irish people cling to superstitions and fears, can Brigid overcome them? Will her hatred for her father and a scheming evil sorcerer destroy her faith? Set in the era of St. Patrick, this fantasy-filled novel will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God’s will and the desire to save her family.

 

Pages of Ireland: Aine, a young woman unwillingly pledged to marry, believes the book is a talisman with the power to change her circumstances. When she steals it from her betrothed’s clan, desperate to use it to help her mother’s impoverished people, events tumble out of control. She seeks help from Brigid, the woman who rescued her long ago, but doing so puts an entire monastery at risk as the king deploys his army to get the book back.

The formerly banished druid Ardan hopes the book can be traded for revenge, but a mysterious force curses him with a reoccurring mark in the shape of Brigid’s famous reed cross. Is it the power of a vengeful god or the command of the book that is causing his anguish?

While many seek to possess the book, it appears to choose who will hear its words. No one in Ireland will know the power of the words written on its pages if the book does not survive the battle.

 

 

THE FIRST LINES:   

Brigid of Ireland: “Does it bother ye? Being a slave, I mean?”

 

Pages of Ireland: Aine (pronounced AWN-ya) had the book under her cloak in less time than it took the scribe to light the candles in the scriptorium.

 

MY THOUGHTS:    

Pages of Ireland is a continuation from Brigid of Ireland, and as I said in my review [of Brigid] “Ms. Thomson has brought to life a person and an era dear to this reviewer’s heart—lover of all things Irish—and this tale has settled deep in my soul.” This is my favorite genre, and is a job well done that does not disappoint.

 

 

GENRE:

Historical Fiction

 

STARS:

     Well written, well researched, authentic retelling from myths and history and folklore.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 14 March 28 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW –PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – PAGES OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

           

 

She was one of Brigid’s miracles, healed of leprosy and delivered from her pagan father. Aine grew under the care of her uncle, a monk who taught her to read—a rare thing in the sixth century, especially for a girl.

 

But Aine held to pagan beliefs, letting them infiltrate the seed of the Gospel planted within her. When she is betrothed to a man who has taken the Christian faith, she is caught in a tangle of faith and feelings. “In sixth-century Ireland, books are rare treasures.” And when she steals a book from the clan she is to marry into, she takes not only pages of tales or lineage, but words of power—words scribed from Holy Scripture.

 

Intent on taking the book—and its powers—to her mother’s people, peculiar events follow in her wake. Seeking Brigid’s help brings danger to the very place of refuge. Evil forces are afoot—but so is the power of the Gospel.

 

I gained a deeper understanding of life in a pagan world, where spiritual powers were acknowledged as the norm, and mere humans were subject to the whims—or tempers—of the gods and their druids. I learned the high esteem druids carried in their era, and the power they wielded over the people—some in honest obeisance to the gods, some for selfish purpose and gain.

I felt the tug of faith as Aine yearned for what she saw in Brigid. I felt her heart stir when her betrothed, Daithi was near—and frustration at her for resisting him. I loved her for the passion of her mission, and her dedication to rescue her mother. And I rejoiced with her when she overcame her fears and embraced both love and faith.

 

 

Ms. Thomson has brought a deeper insight in the stories of Brigid of Ireland. With vivid threads of fantasy and myth, she brings the lore of Celtic history to life. Her research is evident, with details both graphic and telling. I was once again immersed in the story world, living and walking with the characters on each page.

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

I’m a full-time writer dedicated to telling the legacy left to us by those went before.

I write historical fiction, genealogy-related articles, history articles, and short stories. I’m also a baseball fan. My favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds, but I have a soft spot for the Cubs who hadn’t won a World Series since my cousin pitched for them in 1908…until 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 7 March 28 February 2017 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BRIGID OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – BRIGID OF IRELAND by CINDY THOMSON

 

 

 

When God places His call and purpose on your life, it’s there before time. It’s there at the moment of birth, indeed from before birth.

Such was the life of Brigid of Ireland.

 

 

In a world where fear and pagan religion dominates, one girl takes hold of the “new religion,” Christianity, and she is changed.

And so is Ireland.

 

With a faith that is the very definition of faith—trust, confidence, knowing—Brigid brings about miracles while deflecting the notion it is by some power she herself wields. As druid opposition grows stronger, so does her faith. And as she faces ever greater challenges, that faith sees her through.

 

 

Ms. Thomson has brought to life a person and an era dear to this reviewer’s heart—lover of all things Irish—and this tale has settled deep in my soul. Ms. Thomson portrays the life of a girl in the shadow of St. Patrick, a servant girl whose very existence and identity are questionable. She has pulled threads of myth and history, and woven in fantasy to create a vivid telling of the legend of a girl who surely existed, giving a life to the legend. Brigid of Ireland is a believable account of life in the 5th century, the primitive accommodations, the ever-present threat of slave owners over slaves. I was so immersed and so enjoyed this read, I’m sure I’m a fan of all of Ms. Thomson’s books.

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m a full-time writer dedicated to telling the legacy left to us by those went before.

I write historical fiction, genealogy-related articles, history articles, and short stories. I’m also a baseball fan. My favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds, but I have a soft spot for

the Cubs who hadn’t won a World Series since my cousin pitched for them in 1908…until 2016!

 

 

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BLOG BLITZ  –   GUEST POST – Monday 12 September 2016 – CINDY THOMSON

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The month of September is a special time for me:

my THIRD novel and sequel to

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the final in the unsavory heritage series,

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WHEEEEE!!!!!

 

 

 

GUEST POST – CINDY THOMSON

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My Ancestral Home

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One of my ancestors, Nancy Little McCoskey, was born in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland, so of course I became interested in learning more about Downpatrick.

 

From P.W. Joyce’s Irish Place Names:

 

Downpatrick takes its name from the large entrenched dun near the cathedral. [My note: Dun, or Down, means fortress.] In the first century this fortress was the residence of a warrior of the Red Branch Knights, called Celtchair, or Keltar of the battles, from whom it is called in Irish authorities, Dunkeltar. By ecclesiastical writers it is commonly called Dun-da-leth-glas, the fortress of the two broken locks (glas) or fetters. This long name was afterwards shortened to Dun or Down, which was extended to the county. The name of St. Patrick was added, to commemorate his connexion with the place.

 

Downpatrick is one of the oldest towns in Ireland. It was noted on Ptolemy’s map in the 2nd century, although it wasn’t what we think of as a town until the 18th century, and that’s when my ancestor was born there.

 

The following comes from this web site: http://bit.ly/2c0NT56

 

In 1703 Edward Southwell, Chief Secretary of Ireland, married Elizabeth, daughter of the Earl of Ardglass, thus acquiring the Manor of Down. He decided to develop its economic potential; he controlled the waters of the Quoile river and reclaimed the marshes, built a harbour and customs house and reconstructed the streets of the town. His son, who succeeded him in 1730, continued his work and through their efforts, Downpatrick changed from a derelict town of less than 1,000 inhabitants into a prosperous commercial centre for the barony. The first Court House was built in 1737 at a cost of £3000.

 

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Downpatrick is a beautiful place. I visited on both of my trips to Ireland. I was unable to find out anything about my specific Little family while I was there, but I did find several Littles who lived in Downpatrick and were employed in the same occupation as Nancy’s father in the 19th century. They lived on Bridge Street. I took some photos while we drove down the street. Not much to look at, but some of the buildings looked quite old and I imagined my Nancy Little living there.

 

She was quite a woman. She came to America with her parents and four siblings, leaving her older sister Mary behind who was indentured until she could pay for the passage. Later Nancy married John McCoskey and traveled through the Cumberland Gap with her parents, her husband, and her children to the wild lands of Kentucky. Her parents and her husband died in Kentucky and Nancy moved again, bringing her hoard of children to the wilderness of Indiana where her younger brother lived and where she and John had purchased land. She was apparently a shrewd business woman. In her old age she relocated once again, this time to the wild west (Texas) with one of her daughters.

 

Downpatrick is not “where it all began.” That’s a phrase my husband and I have heard being used a lot on the television series, Who Do You Think You Are? The people who were searching for their roots on that show always seemed to find a place in a foreign land and then declare, “This is where it all began!” Nancy’s father was born in Scotland and if I could keep tracing generations back, I’d end up with Adam and Eve, wouldn’t I? But still, finding a place where one of your ancestors was born always makes you feel like you’ve come home—it’s a type of connection to the past that grounds you in the present. Anyone agree?

 

 

 

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Cindy Thomson is the author of eight books. Pages of Ireland is the sequel to her popular novel Brigid of Ireland. She is also the author of the Ellis Series, and writes for genealogy magazines. The past is her passion as she writes from her home in Ohio. Visit her at www.cindyswriting.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cindyswriting and on Twitter: @cindyswriting. Sign up on her web site for her monthly newsletter and receive the prequel to the Ellis Island Series free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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