A compelling and heartfelt story about the power of faith, family, and our need for connection.
—Richard Paul Evans, New York Times Bestselling Author
Wendy Wilson Spooner weaves the time periods of two centuries together so seamlessly the reader comes away feeling more connected to both the past and the present. An inspiring and uplifting story. —Author Adrienne Quintana
A gifted artist suffering from debilitating grief finds healing and inspiration in her Irish ancestry and goes on to paint a masterpiece.
ONCE UPON AN IRISH SUMMER is a dual timeline novel of two teenagers, two centuries apart, in one city; the untold chronicle of Irish Allen Hamilton’s journey through antebellum America to find a way to save his family, woven with the struggle of his 15-year-old descendant, 200 years later, battling through grief to find herself again.
Get a deeper look into their lives and interests. Art, ancestral research, and overcoming grief for Beth. Competitive swimming and history-nerding for Preston.
And so much more for both of them!
During my research trips, Fort Wayne embedded itself in my soul. FOUR generations of my family have lived in that city over the span of 200 years, from the Hamiltons to my grandfather, who was also born there. It's the deep roots of family I feel along with the history THEY took part in creating. YOU can feel the same thing at ancestral sites of your own family.
You're going to love the Hamiltons. They were a family that endured much in a volatile climate in Nothern Ireland in the early 1800s. But coming to America had major challenges too. I'm excited to share with you photographs from my research trip in the Republic and Northern Ireland where I unearthed this family's real-life story.
During my research trips in the U.S., this city became part of my soul. I thought it was because I felt such a connection to the history there. But I realized it was even more than that. It was because FOUR generations of my family have lived in Fort Wayne, from the Hamiltons all the way down to my grandfather, who was born there. My deep family roots are what I feel in that amazing city, along with the history my ancestors took part in creating.
This can be a tough subject to talk about. But when a loved one dies, it can rock a person's world in ways they didn't see coming. And it can take a long time to move through the grieving process. It took me years to work through my sister's devastating suicide. It took Beth more than two years to heal from her loved one's death.
Here you'll find basic research tips and full courses to help you find ancestors and build out your FAMILY TREE!
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