This is the 2nd book of The Knoll Trilogy Series. Allie McCreary embraces her new life in America with the Captain and Rufina, and goes to school in New York City. Her life seems perfect. The Captain purchases a new ship and uses it to stowaway slaves and bring them North to freedom. Allie is independent and strong-willed. She finds herself in a relationship with a wealthy, young man who is the brother of one of her schoolmates whom she does not like. She also chooses to get involved with abolitionists only to find herself in a new adventure that changes her life, again.
The potato plants are turning black, their leaves curling and crumbling. No one understands the reason why, especially Allie McCreary. She thinks of Ireland as magical and can’t imagine living anywhere else. The green hills appeal to her senses; a feast for her eyes.
Most of the Irish people she knows are optimistic, and after last year’s dreadful crop, most believed this year would be different. And, everyone thought that way as the new crops began to grow and look like they were supposed to, until…until it happened, again.
But the potatoes were just the beginning. Widespread starvation was followed by social upheaval. When the McCreary’s landowners, the Farradays, find their property and possessions stripped away, Allie’s life becomes entangled with them as both families fight to survive in the same world.
The Farradays have two boys, Patrick, seventeen, and Brody, fourteen, and Allie clashes with Brody, not realizing her own affection towards him. Her stubbornness is both a blessing and a curse. She and the Farraday boys must find a better way to live.
With the help of Mr. Farraday, Allie’s mother gathers enough money to send her to America. Alone on the ship, Allie is embroiled in a mutiny and tries to help the Captain. This should be a journey for a better life, but it is a journey she may not survive.
Dog Tags is revised and out with its 2nd Edition .
Great event at the Library of Congress. Thank you all who joined me for my lecture!
Dog Tags The History, Personal Stories, Cultural Impact, and Future of Military Identification
The 100 year anniversary of the official use of American military personal identity tags, affectionately known as Dog Tags, recently passed without fanfare. We are currently in a war where the Dog Tag is once again a highly personal item to warriors in every service and their families. Each Dog Tag carries its own human interest story. Receiving it, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it is at once a silent statement of commitment. The tag itself individualizes the human being who wears it within a huge and faceless organization. The armed forces demand obedience, commitment, and duty to a higher cause, but the Dog Tag which hangs privately within their shirts, close to their chests, becomes a part of them. In a way it brings comfort to that fear of every Soldier facing death: I do not want to be forgotten; I will not be unknown. Understanding and sharing the history of Dog Tags and their deeply personal meaning in today's world is at the core of this book.