The Irish are strong people. They are a proud persistent collection of determined and dedicated families. They are resolute in their beliefs and firmly devoted to their commitments. Nothing is more important to them than their faith, their family and their land. Music is rooted within their hearts and homes and plays out within their open resilient relationships. Just such a family resides upon Wise Mountain in the southwestern section of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This particular Irish clan includes the Forbes' and the Lanigan's, the family of young Faith Lanigan who begins her seventeenth year while the War Between the States rages all around them in the spring of 1863. This year contains many significant changes for her and for those she loves. Harsh work, deep disappointments along with grave sorrow braid their thick locks into joyful, unbelievable miracles, an exciting first romance and an exceptional family as the Lanigan's wage their own war to survive. Can they make it when it seems that all about them is lost? Each chapter provides the reader with a different story, a new trial to overcome or a victory to celebrate linked throughout the book as you come to know and connect with the rich characters depicted in; Faith, Love and War. Betty Lemaster feels honored and blessed to present her third book to you. This very special story with its time, people and place entwined itself into her heart while she endeavored to give the narrative justice. Faith, Love and War became so real to her as she wrote that at the end, Betty had to sadly wave goodbye to this captivating God created family. We hope that you cherish it as she does.
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