The Stolen Ones
Darlene Carter was always a strong woman. But after suddenly losing her mother to a deadly virus, she is left anchorless while struggling to navigate the pandemic with her teenaged daughter. Isolated, and alone in grief, Darlene reluctantly takes on her mother’s pursuit to find familial connections. As restrictions lift, the two travel to Newfoundland to follow a DNA trail in search of answers.
The family holds more than Darlene is prepared for. As she delves into a series of century-old journals that hold tales of her ancestors Doctors Peter and Mary Nolan, she begins to feel an unlikely kinship with Peter. Journey with Darlene, through Peter and Mary’s lives, as she links clues from yesteryear to modern-day DNA evidence, weaving them into the family tapestry of her Nolan roots. But when she is about to uncover the final threads, she fears her ancestors may have taken them to their graves.
Can she unlock the secrets of the past? Battling to remain neutral in the chaos of post-pandemic Newfoundland, will Darlene embrace the true meaning of belonging and family like Peter and Mary write about, or is proof the only remedy for her fractured heart?
The Stolen Ones by Ida Linehan Young is a modern day story of love and loss, heartbreak and healing and provides proof that knowing one's roots can serve as a powerful antidote against adverse life experiences. The Stolen Ones is Ida Linehan Young's fourth novel complementing three previous works of historical fiction that were issued the Silver Medal for Best Series - Fiction by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Being Mary Ro (2018), The Promise (2019), and The Liars (2020) chronicle the 19th century lives of the fictional characters of John's Pond and North Harbour. Inspired by a curiosity of the past instilled by her grandparents, this latest piece of fiction by Linehan Young continues to tell the historical tale of Mary and Peter Nolan through the lens of a modern day story. The author does a superb job at crafting a tale that begins in modern day Boston and then seamlessly moves back and forth from the present day to that of John's Pond, 1878. Readers will delight in the authenticity of the story and it's main characters Darlene, Tiffany and Aunt Ammie and will likewise be inspired by the tragedy and triumphs of the ancestral Nolan family. It is this mingling of past and present where the true story unfolds, new questions arise and old mysteries are solved. Having read the first three books in the Linehan Young series, I was keen to read the continuing story of Peter and Mary's life together and really enjoyed watching their lives unfold before my very eyes. I also appreciated the tidbits of factual information researched by the author which are detailed in the historical notes at the end of the novel. Linehan Young's ability to weave these facts into the fictional storyline is a testament to her love for the culture of her home province of Newfoundland and the rich art of storytelling that was passed down to her by her father and grandfather. Though not required, I strongly suggest reading the entire series from the beginning and getting to know the wonderful characters of John's Pond and North Harbour. Once you start, each book is sure to captivate you and propel you to finish the series-- Stephanie Collins - Fireside Collections --
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