The Fryeburg Chronicles: Book I
The Fryeburg Chronicles: Book I  -     By: June O'Donal
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.51 X 0.46 (inches)
ISBN: 1613796307
ISBN-13: 9781613796306

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This debut novel of June O'Donal - set in early colonial Fryeburg - breathes real life into values, faith and work. It is the touching story of a homesteading family built around warmth, passion and acceptance as they lose a child to illness and take another child into their home. The writer clearly loves history and weaves a deep, tender and insightful story - never losing touch with the absolute duty of hard work and discipline.Ms. O'Donal has superbly done her research: from the work in the home to the work of the farm. She takes you into the daily life of the home and makes you feel that you are sitting at the family table. You are able to observe characters change and grow as they define lessons learned from daily hardship and struggle. The writer has drawn the personalities of her characters so deeply, that the reader develops a profound sense of intimacy, affection and understanding. This book is for anyone who loves to read about early colonial times. It is truly a window on the early history of Fryeburg, Maine and how life used to be. I look forward to Book II. Emily FletcherLibrarianFryeburg Public LibraryWhy did God allow this to happen? How do you learn to trust God again when He has taken away the most precious thing in your life? These are the questions Benjamin Miller and Grace Peabody must answer for themselves in this family friendly historical novel.

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Author: June O'Donal
Located in: Denmark, Maine
Submitted: April 29, 2015

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I developed my love and knowledge for history during the 19 years I home schooled my children. This is when I learned about using "living books" as opposed to textbooks to teach history. Currently I am a museum educator at Remick Country Doctor and Farm Museum in Tamworth, NH

    What was your motivation behind this project?  My original intent was to homeschooling families use this series as part of their curriculum. That is why I include discussion questions and other information. I am very pleased to see that most of my readers are adults who enjoy historical fiction.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  In each book of the series the characters are faced with a political conflict. I use my characters to represent the different sides of the issue. It is also the story of an extended family through several generations. I want my readers to see how the different generations can impact each other.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Writing this series has taken me outside of my comfort zone as I have spoken to many civic organizations on various topics and have publicly expressed my Christian faith and values. Being a self published author has taught me some business and marketing skills. I am a "late bloomer" I was 55 years old when I published my first novel.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I have been influenced by historian, David McCullough for his meticulous research and by novelist, Charles Dickens for his memorable characters. I hope my readers to grow to love my characters while they are learning history!

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:   I am currently being treated for breast cancer so that has delayed Book IV "Journeys from Home" getting to the publisher. My daughter Perry is on the cover of Book I posing as Grace Peabody; my son Timothy is on the cover of Book II posing as Benjamin Miller. Fryeburg, Maine is a real town and the book covers are shot locally.

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