Based on the true story of an Irish rebel around the turn of the 18th century Patrick’s Journey contains an uplifting message of redemption merged into its adventure / romance theme. Readers will follow Patrick as he is torn from his life’s love and homeland then transported to a penal colony on the other side of the world. Against the odds, Patrick emerges from despair to resurrect his life and love in a new land.
Patrick’s Journey could be described as simply an entertaining “romance / adventure” novel, but the story goes deeper than that. The “Journey” in the story is twofold; there is the physical journey from one mode of existence in Ireland to a completely different one in Australia and the emotional/spiritual journey that accompanies such drastic changes in Patrick’s world
Targeted Age Group:: 30 – 90
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A fascinating true story that needed to be shared. Historical Fiction / historical romance was the best way of achieving this.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Primarily from real life people and the convict rolls of prison ships
“Dancing’s never been my strong point” Patrick responded, relieved now that his friends weren’t going to put him through a prolonged taunting session. When he was younger, Patrick always tried to hide his feelings for Catherine and hated it when his friends took the micky out of him about it. However, as he grew older, stronger and more confident in his manhood, he was reasonably comfortable discussing his feelings with close friends such as Shaun and Bobby – as long as they didn’t go too far. Besides, there were other pressing matters, particularly relating to the English occupiers of his country, for which Patrick knew he needed the support of close friends
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