The Donaghue Histories
A Historical Fiction Saga
The Donaghue Histories is the saga of the Donaghue family. Each book follows the next generation of the family against the backdrop of the developing New World and features strong women, historical detail, the evolution of crochet and a crochet pattern by designer Laurinda Reddig.
THE LOST SOLDIER
THE DONAGHUE HISTORIES BOOK THREE
Deirdre, what have you done?
Deirdre Donaghue has led a sheltered life on Donaghue Island, surrounded by family who has no care about what happens on the mainland, even during a time of war. When three soldiers invade her isolated village, she is drawn to their leader by his quiet ways and stormy eyes. But Shawn McClaren has a secret he’s unwilling to reveal, no matter how drawn he is to the spirited Deirdre. She is determined to uncover what he’s hiding before her life and the lives of those she loves are devastated beyond repair.
That woman will bring shame down upon us . . .
The New World is no place for a penniless widow. Elsie MacClayne’s choices are few: remain with the other Scots-Irish immigrants to become a burden on her friends or search out her cousin, Connor, who has already made Pennsylvania Colony his home. Elsie longs to make a life for herself and her unborn child, but old prejudices are still alive amongst the colonists, and she is looked upon with either pity or distrust.
What I did was inexcusable . . .
Niall Donaghue had anticipated his brother’s arrival in the New World, but he hadn’t expected Grahame to arrive with a new wife. Anger and jealousy drive him to make an unforgivable mistake that costs him not only Grahame’s trust but the chance to pursue his own hopes for the future. He is forced to set aside his own ambitions for the sake of his aunt and their livelihood.
Can Elsie find the courage to withstand the threats around her and claim her place in a foreign land? Can Niall find the will to ask for the forgiveness he longs for?
There be dangers in old, untouched places . . .
September, 1720: One month ago, Ailee Donaghue married a stranger to save herself from scandal. Now aboard a ship bound for the New World with ninety other Scots-Irish, she has no idea what she’ll be able to offer her new husband. She’s a horrible knitter, a bad cook, and can barely be trusted with a sewing needle. She is determined to help her new family thrive, but she is completely unprepared and fears she’ll only be a burden. Can she face the challenges ahead with a man she barely knows and dangers that threaten her from unexpected enemies? Or will the friendships she makes along the way prove to be her salvation?