Kindle Price: $2.99

Save $8.96 (75%)

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

Get the Free Kindle App

Enter email or phone number to get a link

Processing your request...

Spirited Away - A Novel of the Stolen Irish (Spirited Away Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition

208 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
$2.99

Length: 221 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Audible Narration: Ready
Matchbook Price: $0.00 What's this?
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by Amazon.com.
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.

Sing for Us
Historical Fiction
Based on a true story, Sing for Us is a riveting tale of love and hope in the last days of the Civil War. Learn more


Editorial Reviews

Review

"In this highly researched novel, Freddy O'Brennan is living a modest and happy life in 1653 Ireland until English soldiers force her father to fight for the Crown in Spain. Freddy is a survivor, quick to adapt to dire situations, which makes her an easy hero to root for. Freddy's on point characterization is the saving grace of the opening, as the conflict arrives on the second page before there is time to establish a connection between reader and story. By May of 1653, Freddy thinks she is safe, until English soldiers kidnap and sell her into slavery. Freddy's ordeal interweaves with that of African slaves, and in an honest portrayal, she must battle her own prejudices against her fellow slaves ... Short chapters full of hope and Freddy's fierce spirit will keep readers turning the pages."  - Publishers Weekly 

From the Author

        A few years ago, I stumbled across this bit of history:  During Oliver Cromwell's Reign of Terror in the 1650s, a majority of Ireland's Catholic population was either slaughtered, exiled to the west, or sold into slavery in the Caribbean. My jaw dropped and I did a triple-take, amazed.
        How could it be that I'd never heard of that?

        It turned out that others hadn't either.
        The more I read about Cromwell's Reign of Terror, the hotter my Irish-American blood boiled. I knew I had to write something about this obscure yet pivotal period of Irish history.
       My fierce main character, Freddy, is an O'Brennan from County Kilkenny because my Irish grandmother was a Brennan from County Kilkenny. Except for Cromwell, the characters in the novel are fictional. The story, however, is based on historical accounts. 
       In 1649 Cromwell led an invasion of Ireland many call genocide and ethnic cleansing. During the 1650s, Ireland lost about 41 percent of her people. The Irish Famine of 1845 to 1852, by comparison, resulted in a loss of 16 percent of the population.
       Cromwell hated Catholicism and wanted to punish Irish Catholics for the rebellion of 1641. Catholicism was banned; priests were wanted men; Irish Catholics who were not murdered were thrown off their land and often "spirited away" to the Caribbean. An estimated 100,000 Irish citizens, mostly women and children, were sold to English sugar plantation owners and literally worked to death. Some were flogged to death. They suffered horrific conditions - disease, starvation, and torture.
         "The curse of Cromwell upon you" is a popular Irish saying. To this day, Irish mothers threaten naughty children with the ultimate punishment: "Cromwell's going to get you!"
         The bitterness caused by what took place during the 1650s has been a powerful source of
Irish nationalism for more than 350 years. Irish slavery was an atrocity that should not be forgotten. My hope is that this novel will help bring it to light.

Product Details

  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publication Date: December 17, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091M6JM6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

NOTE: Maggie Plummer's much-awaited sequel, DARING PASSAGE: BOOK TWO OF THE SPIRITED AWAY SAGA, is now available for the many readers who enjoyed her first novel, SPIRITED AWAY - A NOVEL OF THE STOLEN IRISH. She appreciates every reader who takes the time to leave a review.

Maggie is a writer from beautiful western Montana. SPIRITED AWAY, her first published novel, was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Contest (General Fiction). The book was also a 2013 finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book Awards and placed 2nd in the Paranormal Romance Guild's Best Historical Fiction of 2013. It has 98 five-star customer reviews.

Along the winding trail to becoming a novelist, Maggie has lived in various far-flung parts of the United States and worked as a journalist, book editor, book publicist, census enumerator, telephone canvasser, school bus driver, field interviewer, waitress, post office clerk, fish processor, library clerk, salesperson, Good Humor ice cream girl, fishing boat mate, race horse hot walker, apple picker, and bus girl. She is also the author of a non-fiction book entitled PASSING IT ON: VOICES FROM THE FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION, published in 2008 by Salish Kootenai College Press (Pablo, Montana).

Maggie is hard at work on her next novel.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Walker on September 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
This novel is a historical glimpse of the Irish slave trade in the 1650's, a topic I've seldom ever heard mentioned. I was unaware of the plight of so many innocent Irish who were taken and sold as slaves because of Cromwell's hatred. Maggie Plummer has created characters so real, you can't help but become emotionally invested in them. Her description of Ireland gives a clear backdrop for the reader to experience the shock, rage and fear of the main character, Freddy, as she is taken from homeland and family. Unforgettable scenes continue as Freddy is sold to a sugar plantation owner as both a working and breeding slave.

Reading about the greed and heartless cruelty that kept the slave trade profitable was difficult, but the friendships among the slaves of different nationalities kept it from being overpowering. Plummers descriptions of the squalor of Barbados, the beauty of the Caribbean, and the resilience of the human spirit, are well done as she weaves the historical facts in with the characters of her own creation. Readers are left with faces and personalities for only a few of the 100,000 whose lives were taken by the Irish slave trade, but will find themselves fiercely determined, as I was, to fight the human trafficking of our world today.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
61 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen C. Sager on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Like Ms. Plummer, I am Irish and was raised a Catholic, but I am ashamed to say that, until I read this book, I did not realize the extent of Cromwell's cruelty to the Irish in the 1650's. This book is an exciting, illuminating and rewarding read. I opened the book knowing less-than-nothing about Irish history and felt ill-equipped to understand it, but the skillful words of the author rapidly supplied the background to this gripping book.

I was touched by the plight of good people imprisoned by an unjust government and forced, at a very early age, to leave their homes and families due to one man's hatred. But 'Spirited Away' is not a preachy book; it is primarily a personal story of Freddy, a very young Irish girl, separated from her family in Ireland and trying to survive in harsh times in Barbados.

The description of 17th century life in the Caribbean makes it truly worth the read. This is one of the most well-researched books I have ever read, and I had trouble putting it down. Ms. Plummer is a colorful and skilled writer and made the island of Barbados come alive with her words. One could see that, as beautiful as the island was, it was essentially man's cruelty to man that made it horrific, especially for Freddy. As I continued to read, Freddy's goals became my goals, to live our lives our own way and to be left alone by the predators in uniforms of all colors of the rainbow. The enemies are human as well, both those truly and irredeemably evil and those who are merely weak in character.

The sex, violence, and grubby filth of Barbados during this time borders on graphic, but none of it comes off crass or gratuitious. It all feels realistic and vivid. It moves the plot along at a lively pace, as does just about every scene.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By sunshinescribe on October 9, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Like many reviewers I had not expected to read this book without stopping. This extraordinary first novel is about a young girl caught up in the politics of evil we largely associate with African slavery. In this tale, two sisters are abducted while walking down their familiar village streets in 1650's Ireland, never to see their homeland or family again. Ripped from their familiar surroundings and deep family ties, they find themselves chained in the hold of a slave ship headed for the Caribbean.

The story unfolds from there in the suspenseful freefall that can only happen to a captive; to a prisoner whose destiny has been taken out of her hands and where the captors obey no rules. The other characters are as memorable as our 14-year-old heroine, Frederica.

Freddy grows up overnight to survive the horror of being raped, beaten, worked to exhaustion, and bred like an animal. Yet, to survive she learns to behave like a slave without being one. The author's thorough research has created an authenticity in the daily rituals, clothing, speech, mannerisms, island technology/artifacts that made me feel as though I had stepped back in time and entered this forgotten world. This is not only a must read but it simply demands a sequel!
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Inge H. Borg on October 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Beautifully Written Novel

Freddy O'Brennan is a high-spirited fourteen-year-old. Her family might be poor, but when she rides her horse under the brilliant Irish sky, she is rich--and she is free. But sorrow quickly darkens the sky of her destiny. Her father is taken away by soldiers; then she, her mother and sisters are chased from their humble little house. Terror descends on Freddy and her younger sister when they are kidnapped onto a slaver. They survive the cruel journey to Barbados; freedom and happiness become distant memories.

Freddy's inner journey from innocent girl to young mother before she has emotionally matured into a woman is heartbreaking, yet there is always strength and hope infused into the beautiful writing. Her blossoming love for an African slave is treated with much tenderness.

In this little-known seventeenth-century slave-trade account from Ireland to the Caribbean islands, the reader goes on a journey that changes from delight to sorrow, from terror to injustice--but, always, there is the hope for Freddy to survive the tragedy of human trafficking.

Spirited Away deals with a wrenching subject although its treatment is somewhat one-dimensional. It will likely appeal to most of today's readers. The more serious Historical Fiction reader will want more from Maggie Plummer's lyrical style. Just as with Freddy, there is hope for future novels--because there is wonderful talent.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Have something you'd like to share about this product?
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?