Once Upon An Irish Summer by Wendy Wilson Spooner


Once Upon an Irish Summer

Two teenagers, two centuries, one city.

1817 Ireland – Allen Hamilton crosses the Atlantic alone to find a way to save his family from imminent financial and social ruin before it’s too late. Instead he is met with prejudice, sickness, and starvation.

2018 Fort Wayne, Indiana – A gifted young artist struggles with debilitating grief after a sudden death in her family. When she unearths Allen Hamilton’s noble rise from rags to riches in Antebellum America, their shared connection inspires her own healing and renewed inspiration.

Based on a 200-year-old letter collection, Once Upon an Irish Summer brings to life and weaves together this true story of family connections across generations, mystery, hope, and a little romance.

Wendy Wilson Spooner is a professional Genetic Genealogist by day, a writer by night, and an artist in between. Her love of what we can learn from history compels her to write the true stories she unearths during her research, and she’s found that truth is indeed, much more exciting and inspiring than fiction.

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What makes this book a modern-day parable?

Once Upon an Irish Summer’s main characters are present-day Beth, a gifted artist suffering from debilitating grief after a death in her family, and young Allen Hamilton. In 1817 he left Ireland and crossed the Atlantic alone to find a way to save his family. Against insurmountable odds, he did just that. And what Beth learned from researching Allen, her 4th great-grandfather, helped her overcome her own obstacles in life and move onto a better path and choices.

This is a parable of Find Your Family, Find Yourself. Knowing our roots can help us come to know ourselves in ways we could have never imagined.


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