I cannot wait to read the rest in this series now. I couldn't put the book down. I think if we pay attention, this book can speak to every single one of us human beings. Thank you Mr. Lincoln Beals for your writing. I look forward to reading more!
Enjoyed reading this saga, and look forward to the next installment. Also learned a little about the history of Ireland and the reasons they immigrated to the US. I didn't want to put the book down when I had time to read it
This is a heart rending story based on historical facts. Absolutely marvelous! The characters really come to life! This is one book you should not miss! Can't wait for the next one.
I traveled the high road last night and finished the book. It is a very engaging story. I imagined the O'Boyle family living in a stone cottage. What is your angel's name? Yours has a talent for storytelling!
Christianity reached Ireland early in the fifth century. Monasteries and churches were built and over the centuries Catholicism became well rooted. As the Western Roman Empire slid into decline, Ireland by its remoteness became an outpost of preservation of Catholic learning. But over time, the absence of new priests resulted in weakening of the church in the countryside, and pagan traditions including belief in spirits crept into rural Catholicism. Governance was fragmented; local lords dominated. The English invaded in 1171. Warring continued intermittently until Henry VIII established English dominance in 1536, though full government control was not gained until about 1600. At that time the English Crown began confiscating Irish Catholic property in the north, relocating Protestant Scots and English, who became upper class landowners and the core of the Irish ruling class under the English. Irish Catholics resisted conversion to the new state religion, the Church of Ireland (Anglican). In response, new laws, the Penal Acts, virtually eliminated all rights of Catholics. Warring of the 18th century weakened the already marginal agricultural economy. By 1800, the relatively prosperous Irish of English stock in the north began to leave for America. The potato blight of the late 1840s which ruined the main food source for peasant families and continued for several years brought widespread famine and death throughout the countryside. Emigration to America was the only escape for peasants.
- Hugh Bradley
Take the High Road was a wonderful first novel written by Mr. Beals.
Take the High Road is the first book of a trilogy that will be known as An Irish Odyssey. In this wonderful novel, the reader is transported back in time. The reader sees first-hand through the eyes of the characters how awful the potato famine was in Ireland and what happened to Catholics who refused to renounce their faith. This book truly gives the reader the feeling that they are experiencing these events right alongside the main character, Brian O'Boyle, an orphan and his guardian angel, Augie. The reader is also introduced to the O'Donnells, a family who is being forced to leave Ireland and travel to America and Andrew (their son Paddy's guardian angel who will be watching over them). The O'Donnells lose their son just before getting to the dock and their letter for passage to America states that they are a family of four (two adults and two children).
This book pauses when the O'Donnells convince Brian that he must travel with them to America. The story will be picked up with the O'Donnells and Brain traveling to America aboard the Mohongo. The next book in An Irish Odyssey is On the High Seas.
I cannot wait to see what happens next in the lives of the O'Donnells and Brian O'Boyle.
This book is a must read.