WILMINGTON, NC, Jan. 24, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — Best-selling author Donna Fletcher Crow has announced the release of the first two Epochs from The Celtic Cross Series, Part II, Ireland: The Pursuit Of Peace
The Celtic Cross series moves to Ireland as two youngsters, Gareth from Scotland and Mary from America, go to work at a reconciliation center in Belfast shortly after the 1969 ceasefire in The Troubles.
In Epoch 5, The Planting of Ulster, Of Visionaries and Builders, Mary returns to Scotland in the summer of 1996, her head brimming with wedding plans. But Gareth has quite different ideas. He leaves to work at a reconciliation center in Northern Ireland, made possible by the recent ceasefire in The Troubles. Filled with apprehension, Mary agrees to accompany him. What if those crazy Irish people started throwing bombs at each other again?
Eager to understand the history of the conflicts that have torn this beautiful island apart for centuries, Mary turns to their friend’s family journals. In 1610, Calum Lanark, refusing the hand of his beloved Deirdre, joined Scottish settlers seeking to rebuild their lives on the Ulster Plantation, where Lady Montgomery introduced potato planting to Irish agriculture. Amidst new friends and many opportunities, Calum searches for a future where he and Deirdre can live. Until disastrous conflicts destroy all his efforts.
In Epoch 6, The Hammering of the Inhabitancy, Of Brothers and Strangers, Mary and Gareth continue to struggle in their efforts to help young people at the Belfast Reconciliation Center in 1996, but their work is shattered by sectarian strife. In an effort to understand the roots of the unimaginable atrocities she sees around her, Mary turns to accounts of 17th century Ireland.
In 1639, the Lanark family is torn as the sons go to war – on opposing sides. But at least the women will be safe behind the strong walls of their fortress. Is not it? And then Oliver Cromwell arrives at the head of his new model army in one of the most turbulent times in all of Ireland’s long and troubled history.
What readers are saying about the banks of the Boyne, from which the Celtic Cross series, Part II is taken:
“This book broke my heart as I read about Ireland’s bitter history. A must read for anyone with even the smallest bit of Irish blood. The passion of the Irish people is absolutely amazing.
“Crow is so good at weaving a story, it feels like you’re right in the middle of the action!” Would recommend to any history buff! If you’re not a history lover…this will make you one!”
“Crow’s description of life in Ireland will captivate readers. The surprise ending shows the complexity of the issues facing Ireland.
“Brings a new perspective to Ireland’s struggle for peace.
“Engaging historical novel. »
“Good read on Irish history.”
“Be prepared for a heartbreaking read.”
Speaking about the Irish leg of his Celtic Cross series, Crow said: “I have found trying to tell Ireland’s long and troubled history to be an enormous, nerve-wracking, but hugely rewarding task. Like my heroine Mary, I struggled to understand the roots of the conflicts that divided this island for centuries.
“The irony of a place filled with such beauty and populated by what are surely the friendliest and funniest people on earth, never ceases to grip me. In many ways, this is my story so that I grew intrigued by news of discord and violence in the land of saints and scholars.
“I also believe this is a very important story for our world. In these days of so much animosity and conflict, we need to learn from history by seeing the importance of forgiveness, by working together and by going beyond the mistakes of the past.
Crow recently opened up about her passion for stories that drove her to write the Celtic Cross series in an interview on The Authors Show. The interview, titled The Vanquishers of Tyranny: Of Patriots and Priests, is available in the archives section of The Authors Show website at https://www.theauthorsshow.com.
Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 50 books, mostly British history novels. She has won a number of top industry awards for her work. Many of his books have been bestsellers in their categories, including “A Most Inconvenient Death”, which reached #1 bestseller status in Christian Suspense. “The Fields of Bannockburn”, the epic from which The Celtic Cross Series, Part I: Scotland, The Struggle for a Nation is based, has been ranked among the best-selling fiction books by Christian Book Distributors and “The Banks of the Boyne”, the epic from which The Celtic Cross Series, Part II: Ireland, The Pursuit of Peace is based, reached number 3 for best-selling fiction.
“Glastonbury” is her best-known book, which received the prestigious First Place Award, Historical Novel, from the National Federation of Press Women. Readers and critics alike have praised ‘Glastonbury’, calling it ‘the best of its kind’, ‘richly fascinating’, ‘beautifully researched’, ‘gloriously evocative’ and ‘scenic’. One Amazon reader said, “WHAT a job! Every reader can be enveloped in scope and quality, every historian must constantly nod to precise detail and accuracy, and every Christian can rejoice in the fulness of Scripture. To me, this is simply beyond descriptive praise. I urge all who appreciate the truth to treat themselves to a feast.
The Celtic Cross is a 2 part series that begins with Scotland: The Struggle for a Nation. In 4 individual epochs, it tells the stories of – “The Guardian of the Stone”, Saint Columba; “The Forger of a Nation,” Kenneth MacAlpin; “The Refiner of the Kingdom”, Queen Margaret; “The Vanquishers of Tyranny”, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Watch for the 6 eras of Part II, Ireland, The Pursuit of Peace, coming in early 2022.
The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries is a literary thriller series using literary figures as background: Rudyard Kipling in “The Flame Ignites”, Dorothy L Sayers in “The Shadow of Reality”, Shakespeare in “A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare”, and Jane Austen in both “An Encounter with Jane Austen” and “A Most Singular Enterprise”. Don’t miss “A Prodigious Sum of Corpses: Seeking Sanditon at Jane Austen’s Seashore,” which will take readers to all of Austen’s favorite seaside resorts. Accounts of Crow’s visits to these sites are available on her blog under “Jane Austen Seashore Tour”.
The Monastery Murders series presents atmospheric contemporary crimes with their roots buried deep in the Middle Ages. Books in the series include “A Very Private Grave”, “A Darkly Hidden Truth”, “An Unholy Communion”, “A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary”, “An All-Consuming Fire”, and the new “Against All Fierce Hostility”. ‘
The Daughters of Courage, ‘Kathryn’, ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Stephanie’ is a pioneer family saga based on the stories of Crow’s own family and other Idaho pioneers in the Kuna, Nampa and Boise region. A short story on her blog titled “A Nostalgic Fourth of July” is based on a scene from “Kathryn: Days of Loss and Hope.”
Where There is Love is a series of 6 books about the enduring legacy of love and faith, all based on historical figures and events. The titles are: “Where Love Begins”, “Where Love Shines”, “Where Love Triumphs”, “Where Love Restores”, “Where Love Shines” and “Where ‘love is calling’.
The true crime series Lord Danvers Victorian is an Amazon bestseller in the British Detectives category. Books in the series include “A Lethal Spectre”, “A Most Inconvenient Death”, “Grave Matters”, “To Dust You Shall Return”, and “A Tincture of Murder”. Donna offers a free download of “A Tincture of Murder” for those who sign up for her newsletter. More information is available on its website.
Donna Fletcher Crow’s awards include:
Where Love Begins, Best Historical Romance, Pinnacle Awards 2019
A Deadly Specter, Best Mystery, Pinnacle Awards, 2019
Glastonbury, First Place, Historical Fiction, National Federation of Women’s Press Awards of Merit
The Banks of the Boyne, Silver Angel; First place for historical fiction, National Federation Press Women
Bannockburn Fields, top spot for historical fiction, National Federation Press Women
Professional Excellence Award, Northwest Nazarene College
Children’s Book Merit Award, Idaho Press Women
Idaho’s Best Author
Pacesetter Award, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Outstanding Historical Fiction, Idaho Press Women, National Federation of Press Women,
Idaho Writer of the Year
America’s Best Inspirational Novel, Finalist Romance Writers
Writer of the Year, Mt. Hermon Writers Conference
Donna is available for media interviews and can be reached by email at [email protected]. All of his books are available from online booksellers. More information, including a free download of “A Tincture of Murder”, is available on his website at https://www.donnafletchercrow.com.
About Donna Fletcher Crow:
Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 15 grandchildren living on 3 continents. Donna is a former professor of English Literature and longtime Anglophile. Idahoans with long memories will remember her as a former Snake River Stampede Queen, Miss Rodeo Idaho, and Miss Rodeo America runner-up. She is an avid gardener.
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