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“The Daughters of Ireland Saga Continues…with Lace Curtain

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Meet Nellie Kelly.

It’s just after the end of the Civil War.

She lives in Boston and in her world, there are three cultures:

Silk Stocking Irish, who are wealthy and educated and look down their noses at the Shanty Irish, who are poor and illiterate.

The Shanty folks call the Silk Stocking Irish four flushers which means people who are phonies and full of empty boasting.

And then, there are the Lace Curtain Irish.

They are the Middle Class Irish. They strive to become Silk Stocking – well-to-do, successful and respected.

Nellie is the daughter of Shanty-Irish parents, now risen to Lace Curtain middle class.

Will Nellie possess the wisdom and perseverance of her mother, Mary Boland? Or will she succumb to sexual attraction and convention and wed a scoundrel?

Meet Neo.

Neo is the son of African slaves, now one of the richest Black men in America. Will Neo break free from the white supremacy mindset in America? Or die at the end of a rope?

Will a return to Ireland change the course of each of their lives?

What readers are saying about Lace Curtain:

“Jeanne’s description of the times and people bring the story to life. YA and adult readers will embrace the parallels of the late 1800s and today. Love, life, and death are common threads woven throughout. Outstanding story!” — CJ Loiacono

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Shanty Gold – Book 1 in the Daughters of Ireland Series

“A Great Book on the Irish Immigrant Experience”

What readers are saying about Shanty Gold:

“Loved the story. Characters are engaging and interesting. History elements enrich the story. Totally enjoyable read.”

“This book was riveting and hard to put down despite some raw and explicit descriptions of life on the immigrants’ boat coming to America.”

“Just finished Shanty Gold—absolutely loved this book. Although I do enjoy reading from many genres, historical fiction tends to be something I haven’t included as much and this just changed that for me. Enjoyed this story straight from the first page.” 

So far, Shanty Gold has been awarded all five-star ratings on Amazon. (Oops, just got a four-star rating. That’s okay. I’ll take it.) See book reviews here.

I absolutely love reading reviews where people say, “I loved this book,” “truly cinematic,” “It hooked me in the first chapter.” That makes all the work worthwhile.

So, after you read Shanty Gold, do go on Amazon or Good Reads or on the website of your local, independent book store and give me a review. If it’s not five stars, that’s fine.

And if you’d like me to come to your local bookstore, tell them about Shanty Gold.”

Shanty Gold is Not your grandma’s typical historical read,  this novel is a mile-a-minute page turner whose 370 pages take its heroine, Mary Boland,  from her early teens to her 17th birthday.

When we meet Mary, she has just buried her mother and sister, who have perished during the Great Irish Famine.

Starving and grieving, the thirteen-year-old girl summons the angels of her childhood and the blood of Banshee ancestors to escape the same fate.

Quaking with fear, she boards a ship to Boston to seek her beloved Da.  On The Pilgrims Dandy, a coffin ship filled with death and despair,

Mary finds a spirit brother—Kamua Okafor, a slave boy from Africa. With his help, she vanquishes starvation, rape, discrimination, sexism, and illiteracy to accomplish her destiny.  And at age 16, she falls in love with a blue-eyed boy…But that is just the beginning of Mary’s story…

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Other Books by Jeanne Charters

Read more of Jeanne Charters’ work in her book Funny, isn’t it?, a compilation of her columns from WNC Woman magazine and in the book Clothes Lines, a wonderful anthology of the top female writers in North Carolina.

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