The Wind that Shakes the Corn: Memoirs of a Scots Irish


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  1. Fran Fran says:

    The Wind That Shakes the Corn Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman is a historical fiction read based upon the life of Eleanor Dugan Parke, eighth great grandmother of author Kaye Park Hinckley The story that unfolds combines extensive research, family stories handed down for generations as well as fictional embellishments Eleanor Nell was four years old when the English hung her ma and the priest ma was harboring Why were blameless people killed in 1700 Ireland The English Crown ruled with a The Wind That Shakes the Corn Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman is a historical fiction read based upon the life of Eleanor Dugan Parke, eighth great grandmother of author Kaye Park Hinckley The story that unfolds combines extensive research, family stories handed down for generations as well as fictional embellishments Eleanor Nell was four years old when the English hung her ma and the priest ma was harboring Why were blameless people killed in 1700 Ireland The English Crown ruled with an iron fist The Irish had no rights They could not own property, vote or attend mass The Crown sent Presbyterian gentry from Scotland to control Irish land.Using first person narrative, Nell describes squalid farm life where sheep died from disease and rents were often raised Nell s life was one of constant turmoil We travel with Nell as the English seemingly try to cleanse Ireland On Nell s wedding night to Arthur Parke, many Irish Catholic and Scots Presbyterian men are killed while women and children are forced aboard ships bound for St Kitts to work a ten year term of indenture They experience the vandalism of dignity The worst is yet to come Nell promised ma there would be retribution doled out to the English She felt an emptiness, a void that could never be filled Would forgiveness even be possible In The Wind That Shakes the Corn we follow Nell through the eighteenth century as she continues her journey eventually arriving in America during the time leading up to the Revolutionary War Different types of oppression occur in the new land as the colonists seek freedom from English rule.Author Hinckley has written a novel brimming with many historical facts, however, this reader would not call the tome a memoir The novel is arguably heavily based upon her eighth great grandmother who lived for ninety nine years Imaginings include chance encounters, coincidences that seem highly unlikely That said, this reader found the tome to be a very enjoyable 4 star read.Thank you Prytania Publishing and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review The Wind That Shakes the Corn


  2. Richard Richard says:

    Autographed review copy received from author and Goodreads friend, Kaye Park Hinckley This work of historical fiction is the imaginatively reconstructed autobiography of Nell Dugan Parke, the author s own foremother The story begins in Ireland as Nell witnesses at an early age the brutal execution of her own mother This traumatic event kindles a passionate need for revenge which overshadows the whole book, and begins an account of the horrible persecution of the Catholic Irish and their at f Autographed review copy received from author and Goodreads friend, Kaye Park Hinckley This work of historical fiction is the imaginatively reconstructed autobiography of Nell Dugan Parke, the author s own foremother The story begins in Ireland as Nell witnesses at an early age the brutal execution of her own mother This traumatic event kindles a passionate need for revenge which overshadows the whole book, and begins an account of the horrible persecution of the Catholic Irish and their at first glance unlikely allies, the Presbyterian Scots.The story takes Nell from Ireland to the West Indies to the American colonies Practically torn from the arms of an eager bridegroom on her wedding night, she survives the vicious crimes perpetrated on her by sheer feistiness and force of will, and she does not discover the whereabouts of her lost love until years later As the matriarch of a growing family, she guides and watches as her loved ones experience their own successes and sufferings.This is definitely not a steamy historical romance far from it, in fact It demonstrates how the desire for vengeance can not only poison individual human hearts but taint families to the third and fourth generation As a counterbalance, Hinckley shows how this poison can be drawn out by love, forgiveness and cooperation between people of different cultures


  3. Barb Barb says:

    The Wind that Shakes the Corn is an epic novel that follows an eighteenth century young Irishwoman from her rural home to slavery in St Kitts and eventually to the American colonies, where she lived through events leading up to the Revolutionary War as well as its aftermath The theme of revenge runs strong through this novel, as Nell s hatred of the British whose actions devastated both her family and her homeland runs strong She and generations of descendants must live with the bitterness The Wind that Shakes the Corn is an epic novel that follows an eighteenth century young Irishwoman from her rural home to slavery in St Kitts and eventually to the American colonies, where she lived through events leading up to the Revolutionary War as well as its aftermath The theme of revenge runs strong through this novel, as Nell s hatred of the British whose actions devastated both her family and her homeland runs strong She and generations of descendants must live with the bitterness of their hunger for revenge, which never tastes as sweet as imagined.Author Kaye Park Hinckley makes the characters and locations come alive for the reader, portraying a side of history, especially the slave trade, that is rarely depicted in novels and history books Highly recommended I received a review copy for the author in exchange for my honest review All opinions expressed here are my own, and I was not compensated for this review


  4. Vintage274 Vintage274 says:

    I received an advanced copy of this book in return for a review.The historical inaccuracies were so glaring in this book that I finally had to abandon it about a third of the way through While an occasional anachronism or misunderstanding of manners and customs of the 18th century can be easily accepted, and while I m aware that many historical novelists unknowingly give their feisty young heroines language and behavior that does not fit the time period, it s difficult to forgive post Civil Wa I received an advanced copy of this book in return for a review.The historical inaccuracies were so glaring in this book that I finally had to abandon it about a third of the way through While an occasional anachronism or misunderstanding of manners and customs of the 18th century can be easily accepted, and while I m aware that many historical novelists unknowingly give their feisty young heroines language and behavior that does not fit the time period, it s difficult to forgive post Civil War era characters plopped into 18th century Ireland and Philadelphia Scots Ulster Presbyterians ANY Scots Presbyterians for that matter were NOT tolerant of Irish Catholics Girls were not sent to village schools They would certainly not act as tutors to young men Their peasant fathers would never expect them to marry outside their station and class America prior to the Revolution would have been referred to as the colonies since even the term United States did not exist The colonies did not think of themselves as a separate country from Great Britain Women did not argue politics And they did not plan elaborate 20th century weddings The manners and behaviors of the characters were so anachronistic, it was horrifying to think that editors had not picked up on the glaring gaffes This author was in way over her head


  5. Mary Cooper Mary Cooper says:

    I read this book in 1 day not because it was short but because I couldn t put it down to find out what happened with Nell.The preview of this book is a little deceiving off the mark Nell did not cunningly seduce the man who bought her in the West Indies Her only thoughts were of getting back to Irelandand to Arthur From the first page, I was enthralled in this book I cheered Nell on from the beginning and felt her heartbreak at each tragedy that fell upon her If you re looking for a g I read this book in 1 day not because it was short but because I couldn t put it down to find out what happened with Nell.The preview of this book is a little deceiving off the mark Nell did not cunningly seduce the man who bought her in the West Indies Her only thoughts were of getting back to Irelandand to Arthur From the first page, I was enthralled in this book I cheered Nell on from the beginning and felt her heartbreak at each tragedy that fell upon her If you re looking for a good historical fiction book with little to no foul language I don t recall any being included and no steamy love scenes, this is your book I would highly recommend this book I can t wait to readfrom Kaye Park Hinckley


  6. Karen Ullo Karen Ullo says:

    An ambitious story that spans continents, wars, and many generations Kaye Park Hinckley has encapsulated the Scots Irish experience in the tale of one combined family, the Dugans and the Parkes, who also acquire black and Indian family along the way The story focuses on themes of revenge and forgiveness as the Scots Irish fight their seemingly endless battle against English brutality Hinckley s characters are well developed and her prose contains moments of sheer genius However, I did wish An ambitious story that spans continents, wars, and many generations Kaye Park Hinckley has encapsulated the Scots Irish experience in the tale of one combined family, the Dugans and the Parkes, who also acquire black and Indian family along the way The story focuses on themes of revenge and forgiveness as the Scots Irish fight their seemingly endless battle against English brutality Hinckley s characters are well developed and her prose contains moments of sheer genius However, I did wish she had stayed with a single narrator rather than adding a second voice late in the novel


  7. Atheinne Atheinne says:

    Thanks to Prytania Publishing for providing me an Advance Reader s Copy via Netgalley.The Wind that Shakes the Corn is a mixture of fiction and some factual events that happened in the life of the author s eighth great grandmother beginning from the 18th century to early 19th century This book is a story of love, extreme hatred, and vengeance that was passed on from one generation to the next.Written in first person, Nell Dugan experienced living a life of constant violence from childhood to ol Thanks to Prytania Publishing for providing me an Advance Reader s Copy via Netgalley.The Wind that Shakes the Corn is a mixture of fiction and some factual events that happened in the life of the author s eighth great grandmother beginning from the 18th century to early 19th century This book is a story of love, extreme hatred, and vengeance that was passed on from one generation to the next.Written in first person, Nell Dugan experienced living a life of constant violence from childhood to old age Nell witnessed the death of her mother right in front of her eyes, by the hands of the Englishmen She heard her mother s scream of retribution to those men, which ignited the fire of hatred inside Nell s heart.The Wind that Shakes the Corn is the first book that I will be reviewing from Netgalley and I do not know how to feel Let me just start off this review by saying that I am excluding any comments about what should have or what shouldn t have happened during the 1700 s in Europe because to be honest, I have little to no background of the events that took place in that continent, so I ll be leaving that part to other reviewers to talk about My rating on this book is based on how I enjoyed the book, and not on it s historical misconceptions.What urged me to read the book was its title It fascinated me that I actually thought that maybe, there was symbolism involved So it was added to my TBR pile There s something about titles that bewitches me, and this book did that I had the urge to do a quick search and search I did about symbolism behind the words wind and corn and I found out that the word wind means the act of change Source and corn means life, fertility, and abundance Source Well, I could say that that was quite on point In all seriousness, I am having a hard time reviewing this book because I had little emotions shed for it It took me about thirteen THIRTEEN days to finish the book It was just too plain for my taste Like I m eating the stuffing of a pillow I d say that about 96% of the time, I was poker faced, hence the two stars.Although the book was set in the 18th century, it was uncomfortable to find a modernized narrative in it It made it feel less historical.Another uncomfortable thing was that this book was placed under literary fiction and memoir While the author mentioned about the book being based on her eighth great grandmother s story, she also mentioned about a great amount of added fictitious events that the story contained Because of this, I think it is right to say that this book is a work of fiction inspired by the author s late grandparent.Although there was little satisfaction I felt after reading the book, this might be a better fit for other readers Just be warned that there will be a noticeable change regarding some customs. To die for freedom is a virtue, but to die for revenge is dim witted The Wind that Shakes the Corn


  8. Susan Susan says:

    I received a free copy for my true and honest opinion via Netgalley On her wedding night, in eighteenth century Ireland, English soldiers abduct Nell Dugan from the arms of her beloved Scottish husband and throw her on a ship, slave fodder for a West Indies sugar plantation There, she uses her beauty and cunning to seduce the plantation owner s stoic son who sneaks her away to pre revolutionary Philadelphia where she agrees to marry him, believing her Scottish husband to be dead, and swearing I received a free copy for my true and honest opinion via Netgalley On her wedding night, in eighteenth century Ireland, English soldiers abduct Nell Dugan from the arms of her beloved Scottish husband and throw her on a ship, slave fodder for a West Indies sugar plantation There, she uses her beauty and cunning to seduce the plantation owner s stoic son who sneaks her away to pre revolutionary Philadelphia where she agrees to marry him, believing her Scottish husband to be dead, and swearing to pay back the English not only for her own kidnapping but also for her mother s hanging by the Crown two decades earlier This story is based on the life of the author s eighth great grandmother, who for ninety nine years lived through it all This was beautifully written and very easy to get through I would definitely recommend for anyone who loves historical romance or historical fiction 3.5 stars


  9. Patrick Canning Patrick Canning says:

    I came across this GEM through one of my reading groups and I am glad I did I had a hard time putting this book down because of the suspense and wonder of what happens next Not to give it away, but it reminds me of the movie The Patriot The Author obviously did some well informed research and injected it in a beautiful manner into this book Nell is truly a feisty Irish woman who you can t help root for over so much adversity The phrase If its not one thing, it s another comes to mind I came across this GEM through one of my reading groups and I am glad I did I had a hard time putting this book down because of the suspense and wonder of what happens next Not to give it away, but it reminds me of the movie The Patriot The Author obviously did some well informed research and injected it in a beautiful manner into this book Nell is truly a feisty Irish woman who you can t help root for over so much adversity The phrase If its not one thing, it s another comes to mind Overall, this was a great read and I love the style of this author so much so that I am ordering one of her other books A Hunger in the Heart I m sure it will be just as captivating as The Wind that Shakes the Corn


  10. Meggie Daly Meggie Daly says:

    The Wind That Shakes The Corn is one of the best books that I have read Historical fiction is my favorite genre and this book did not disappoint My daughter just ordered it based on my glowing recommendation Being of Irish Catholic descent on my mother s side, I relished the storyline The author s use of language is simply beautiful I highlighted many passages so that I could go back to reread them Hinckley skillfully weaves the history of the Irish Scottish English battles, the slave tr The Wind That Shakes The Corn is one of the best books that I have read Historical fiction is my favorite genre and this book did not disappoint My daughter just ordered it based on my glowing recommendation Being of Irish Catholic descent on my mother s side, I relished the storyline The author s use of language is simply beautiful I highlighted many passages so that I could go back to reread them Hinckley skillfully weaves the history of the Irish Scottish English battles, the slave trade, and Early American English conflicts from 1723 1810 through her characters day to day lives, sorrows, remorse, and joys Colonial American history came alive for me in a new way Major themes in the book are man s inhumanity, struggle for vindication, and the struggle to forgive The novel is jam packed with wisdom I loved it I look forward to readingof her novels


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  • 484 pages
  • The Wind that Shakes the Corn: Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman
  • Kaye Park Hinckley
  • English
  • 14 August 2018
  • 1984271016

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