In 'Take the High Road,' the first of the Irish Odyssey Series, life-threatening challenges abound: religious persecution, draconian laws imposed by the British Crown and, to top it off, a famine of such proportions that it took the lives of approximately 1,000,000 people. These are the historical facts that create the fabric of life existing in Ireland as the odyssey begins in August of 1851.
The O’Donnell's are a prospering and respected dry goods merchant family in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland. Without warning, they are banished because they refuse to reject their faith. They are shunned and are forced out of their home and business and have no choice but to start a new life in America.
Brian O'Boyle, the seventeen year old son of peasant farmers, lost his family to starvation and the 'fever.' He agonized as he watched them die, one by one. Without hope, he yearned to join them in death. To make matters worse, an absentee landlord evicted him from the tiny stone cottage where his family had lived and farmed for generations. Near death and in his darkest moment, his guardian angel appeared and showed him that he had a reason to live.
Brian and the O'Donnell's eventually meet and begin their voyage to America.
Their strong faith and inborn Irish resiliency bring them safely through their trials and tribulations.
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About the Author
Lincoln has been told many times; “you should write a book.” But busy in his 40 year career as a psychotherapist, time and energy were not available. He is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois and the UCLA School of Social Welfare. He maintains state licensure as a Clinical Social Worker and as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Lincoln taught for seven years in the California State University system and four years at two California Community Colleges where he taught courses in substance abuse prevention and Native American wellness. He was a pre-licensure candidate examiner for ten years for the California Marriage and Family Therapist Examining Board. Lincoln was in private practice for 22 years and served in state mental hospitals, prisons and a Native American community clinic. He volunteered his services on the boards of directors of several community mental health and substance abuse treatment agencies, the California Society for Clinical Social Work and the Solano Partnership Against Violence. Most recently, Lincoln provided counseling to military members and their families on military installations in Alaska, Germany and California, where he won commendations and awards for his service. Now, in retirement, time and motivation are both available and with the help of mentors, support of his soul-mate wife and the grace of God, his first book of the Irish Odyssey series is complete. Lincoln is married and lives with his wife in Fairfield, California.