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THE PIPES ARE CALLING
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If The Pipes Are Calling is not available
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ask your local library to please add it to their shelves!
“The Pipes Are Calling” is as much a historical fantasy as it is a romance. Reminiscent of a Celtic knot, there is love, murder, intrigue and a smattering of whimsy liberally laced with a shot of Irish-American romanticism. The present and the past, and a wee glimpse of the future, are woven together in a story that spans one hundred and forty years and the wide Atlantic Ocean. Its characters tell their story to the distant strains of haunting and beloved Irish-American tune of “Danny Boy”. Long subject to debate as to who and what the song was about, “The Pipes Are Calling” offers one bittersweet possibility.
It is a tale of the present day Maggie Carroll and Galen Devlin, born over three thousand miles apart but sharing a bond that will bring them closer than either thought possible. Their discovery of each other parallels that of Danny Carroll and Brigid Devlin, two young lovers from the famine stricken Donegal region of Ireland, who find themselves torn apart in the turbulent days of the mid-1800’s. And linking the two couples across time and space is Thomas Terrance O’Toole, a transatlantic leprechaun, who is charged with the task of righting a wrong that impacted all four.
The modern day story of Maggie and Galen is set in post-911 America. Maggie Carroll is a single American mother of Irish extraction who longs for her roots in the Auld Sod. Galen Devlin, an Irishman living and working in New York, has begun to have second thoughts about his bachelor lifestyle. A contest to win a trip to Ireland manages to bring the two together in a series of mishaps and meanderings that will have the reader smiling.
Danny Carroll and Brigid Devlin’s romance is set against the turbulence of the Irish famine due to British tyranny in Ireland and the mournful sage of the Molly Maguires in the Anthracite coal regions of rural Pennsylvania. The Donegal region of Ireland was one of the hardest hit by the famine. Many of its poor emigrated to “Amerikay”, some by choice, some by force- and settled in the coal regions where they became part of the mining community. Danny Carroll was one of those immigrants who had no choice in the matter. He soon realizes that whether a rebel fighting the English in his homeland or a miner fighting for labor rights in America, he cannot escape the desire for freedom.
“The Pipes Are Calling” is a story of contrasts. Hope versus despair, love versus hate, wrong versus right. It is a living history lesson that brings to light the travesty of justice that occurred in the supposedly civilized East when twenty-one poor miners of Irish birth or descent were hung following a series of criminal trials found later to be a mockery of the American judicial system. It also tells the true but little known story of the O’Donnell murders, a sad testimony to the outcome of bigotry and hatred that can occur when some in a society have too much and others too little.
Nonetheless, time has a way of healing all things and the story, despite its twists and turns, portrays that message. It is a modern day fairy tale romance, complete with a modern day fairy. It has appeal to all of Irish or Irish American descent, as well as those craving a good romance.
“The Pipes are Calling” will bring a smile to your heart and a tear to your eye. It will warm you, then chill you, then warm you again. Most of all, it will make you remember that bigotry and discrimination have always existed, but there is always hope if even one open heart has the desire to make things better.