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Only the River Runs Free is an action-packed story of Ireland in the 1830's and 40's. It was a time when English landlords held power over Irish tenant farmers and seeds of bitterness were sown that would last for generations. In an endeavor to eliminate all influences of Irish heritage, the English forced an intellectual and spiritual bondage on Ireland as well as a bitter physical bondage of servitude. Freedom had become so rare that the Irish coined a saying, "In Ireland only the rivers run free". Yet one poor...

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Only the River Runs Free is an action-packed story of Ireland in the 1830's and 40's. It was a time when English landlords held power over Irish tenant farmers and seeds of bitterness were sown that would last for generations. In an endeavor to eliminate all influences of Irish heritage, the English forced an intellectual and spiritual bondage on Ireland as well as a bitter physical bondage of servitude. Freedom had become so rare that the Irish coined a saying, "In Ireland only the rivers run free". Yet one poor befuddles old woman speaks of freedom, truth, and hope. Mad Molly Fahey promises the priest and villages that a miracle is on its way.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780785269250
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Series: Galway Chronicles Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Bodie and Brock Thoene's eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards, including the 1997 Best Fiction award for their best-selling novel, Only the River Runs Free, affirm what millions of readers have already discovered-the Thoenes are master stylists of historical fiction. Their books have sold more than seven million copies and are on their way to becoming modern classics in the genre. Other titles by this dynamic writing duo include Twilight of Courage, Shiloh Autumn, The Zion Covenant Series,, and The Wayward Wind Series.

Bodie and Brock Thoene's eight ECPA Gold Medallion Awards, including the 1997 Best Fiction award for their best-selling novel, Only the River Runs Free, affirm what millions of readers have already discovered-the Thoenes are master stylists of historical fiction. Their books have sold more than seven million copies and are on their way to becoming modern classics in the genre. Other titles by this dynamic writing duo include Twilight of Courage, Shiloh Autumn, and The Wayward Wind Series.

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    "Only the River Runs Free" - Captivating Historical Novel about 19th- Century Ireland

    Bodie & Brock Thoene captured me in another of their excellent novels, Only the River Runs Free. The story is set in early-to-mid-19th century Ireland, complete with Mad Molly, the eccentric old woman of Ballynockanor who lost her marbles when her employer and his son died on the same day. But she kept the secret of their demise locked away for years, later slipping the mysterious key to a young lame boy and his wee sister.

    When a stranger comes to Ballynockanor on Christmas Eve, Mad Molly proclaims a miracle will come to the town through this young man. His intention to become a priest is thwarted by his secret love for Kate, the widowed (and scarred) daughter of town drunk, Tom Donovan. In typical Thoene fashion, this novel is woven together by a well-designed plot. I sailed through it in a week and found myself lamenting at the end, not because the ending was unhappy. Oh, no. The happy ending makes it all the more worth the read. I lamented because I wasn't ready to leave Ballynockanor and its colorful characters. I'm looking forward to reading Ashes of Remembrance, another masterpiece in The Galway Chronicles.

    Highly recommended.
    Buy two - one for yourself, and one to give as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2004

    you will be hooked!

    This book hooks you from the beginning and wont let you end until you've finished! This entire series is so beautifully written that if you are a lover of historical fiction set in Ireland, then this is definitly the series for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    An absolutely wonderful book. The first in a series of four.

    This is the first of The Galway Cronicles. Wonderful story about the Irish and some of the many injustices and atrocities they suffered under the English. If you read one you will no doubt have to read the others. I couldn't put them down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    Phenomenal!

    I hope this series goes on a long, long time. One of the best!

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