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The Journeyman (The Tipperary Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

W.A. Patterson , Madeleine Hogan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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THE JOURNEYMAN is an Irish historical romance, a compelling tale of intrigue, danger and romance, set against the backdrop of a perilously unpredictable 18th century Ireland.

But this is a romance with a difference. You won’t find any dazzlingly handsome, wealthy action heroes or beyond belief beauties here, but real characters … hard working, Irish country folk who grow to depend upon each other through a dangerous and oppressive time in Ireland’s history … a time of hardship, fear and persecution.

Liam Flynn travels across Tipperary, his destination the shores of Lough Derg, his objective to fulfill a lifelong dream. The perils he encounters on the road are only the beginning for this young itinerant carpenter. He finds himself thrust into an impossible situation when, with the help of an old Franciscan priest, he tries to save the tiny Irish village of Gortalocca. If he is discovered by the authorities, he faces almost certain execution for treason and, when the villagers discover what action he has taken in his efforts to help them, he becomes the object of their contempt and hatred.

These are dangerous times in Ireland and, as the country struggles to piece itself back together after a hundred years of conflict, the very fabric of society has changed. English Parliament has begun to impose harsh Penal Laws in Ireland which will ban Catholics from voting, from receiving an education, even from practicing their own faith. Catholics can no longer own their own land. More than ninety percent of Ireland’s land will be confiscated and given to English and Irish Protestant landlords, who will charge the rightful owners rent as they try to eke out a living on land which their families have worked for generations. Liam and Father Grogan risk their lives in an effort to save their peaceful Irish village from dissolution.

A consummate loner, Liam has led a solitary life so far but he finds romance in Gortalocca, not with a retiring Irish lass, but rather with the feisty daughter of Michael Hogan, the owner of Gortalocca’s only store and bar. Roisin grew up in a man’s environment and has seen enough to know that she will never wed if it means compromising herself by marrying a man she doesn’t love. Now, at the age of nineteen, Roisin Hogan is a spinster.

There is plenty of fast-paced action in our story and villains abound, from Gortalocca’s homegrown bully, Sean Reilly, and his gang of thugs, to the menacing dark man who appears from nowhere, posing a threat to Liam’s plan and adding a further complication to his life.

You will meet Moira, the ancient and mysterious old hag who lives alone in a tiny cottage, hidden deep inside the forest. Moira is one of the ‘wise ones’, a healer, with her own blend of the spiritual and the ritualistic, the Christian and the Pagan. She is feared by the villagers who think her a witch and do not dare to gaze upon her … unless one of them is ill, and then she is beckoned for help. Moira becomes the source of wisdom for Liam and a strange and shadowy, yet important, part of the plot.

Of course, an Irish story would not be complete without humor, and there is plenty of ‘craic’ to be had here. In Hogan’s bar, you will experience, first hand, the humor which epitomises the character of the people of Ireland, and sustains them, especially in times of crisis … an unconscious humor, one of habit. You will sit at the bar with Paddy Shevlin, the pig farmer and Ben Clancy, the shepherd, whose banter provides a welcome respite from the tension, and who never let the truth spoil a perfectly good story.

Allow yourself to be stirred into this cauldron of Irish stew. Come back with me to a tiny village, deep in the heart of Ireland’s countryside, to meet Gortalocca’s characters and to enjoy this extraordinary and gentle love story, with its fast-paced action and plot twists and turns. A hundred thousand welcomes await you. Céad míle fáilte!


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About the Author

Bill Patterson is a retired doctor who, having practiced in Florida for over 30 years, now lives in Tipperary, Ireland, his ancestral home. The Journeyman is the first novel in 'A Tipperary Trilogy'.

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  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149101203X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D94W2FK
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tale of old Ireland July 23, 2013
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It is hard to believe that the poor people of Ireland had to suffer so much.
This story is mixed with happy and sad events but a story that will stay with you and in your heart.
I love Ireland and am always looking for books that tell of the people and history.
Thank you W.A Patterson for such a wonderful read! I look forward to your next book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written,Amazing story November 13, 2013
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the best irish heritage reading there is. holds your attention and can,t wait to turn the page, can't wait to finish this one and start on safe home and looking forward to the last one in the series. fantastic author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story October 18, 2013
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It was a good story and held my intrest throughout.It was different in the fact the story takes place in the 1700's but is well written and I look forward to reading the sequis .I have not read a bad story written by W.A.Patterson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Journey back in time!! October 8, 2013
By Bert M
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It's hard to believe this is Mr. Patterson's first book. He is a masterful storyteller. I love that he stayed true to the vocabulary of this time period and that his knowledge of Ireland's history is reflected throughout. I'm hoping that the book will be published in large text or audio version. Once you start reading, you will not want to stop. This is a must for anyone who enjoys the genre of historical, romantic or intrigue in their fictional book choices. Looking forward to many more selections from this author. BRAVO!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! July 14, 2013
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A good read!

Well written and a captivating story. The characters were well drawn. I can hardly wait for the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars couldnt get into it April 25, 2014
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I had high hopes for this book but the start dragged so slowly that I kept putting it down and finding excuses not to pick it up. I got about a third of the way through before I gave up the effort and went on to a better book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner! July 14, 2013
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This was a great story. The characters were real and nothing was sugar-coated. Great insight to Irish life in the 1700's. Can't wait for the next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this very much July 9, 2013
By jxnfan
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Every year when I go to Ireland, I take an Irish story to read. William Patterson's "The Journeyman" was my choice this year. The only time I have to read on holiday is on the plane or usually a few minutes before falling asleep. I couldn't put this story down, and while I was enjoying my days, I was looking forward to picking it up again in the evening! The story, set in the days of the Penal Laws in Ireland, is fast-paced, and the history is interwoven with well-developed characters. I understand this is book 1 of a trilogy, and am looking forward to the next book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these type books where you follow the family through ...
I love these type books where you follow the family through the years. I have learned so much more about the Ireland history. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Niki Holroyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Can't wait to get into the next book. I love Irish historical fiction and this is a great story. Love all the characters (even if I don't understand all of the Irish talk)
Published 12 days ago by NAE
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing read
I liked reading and learning about the way things were. I also enjoyed reading a good book without obscenity and sex, very refreshing for me. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars ... reader i learned about ireland in those times and like the story...
as a frech reader i learned about ireland in those times and like the story of that young man to
Published 1 month ago by germ1lire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
I really enjoyed this author. Great read. Read all three books, couldn't put them down.
Published 1 month ago by Hebe
3.0 out of 5 stars Down with the Dialect
I enjoyed the book. My biggest complaint is the overuse of dialect. Yes, we know that the Irish have their own ways of saying words, but every conversation should not be written in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Ireland's history brought to life.
I have enjoyed all three books in the trilogy. Just finished the last one, The Devil's Own Luck. Love Ireland!
Published 2 months ago by Gayle L. Brosnan-Watters
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. I liked the details (18th century) of ...
Good read. I liked the details (18th century) of carpentry work presented by the author.
Published 3 months ago by LED
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of air!
I read to relax. I don`t want a lot of today`s reality! This book is a light bit of historical fiction. Easy reading, believable characters, very nice descriptive writing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars There are two more books in this triloigy the second one is very good...
Well written. There are two more books in this triloigy the second one is very good also.
Published 3 months ago by Edwin Jones
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More About the Author

A first generation Irish American, I was born in New York City but later moved to Florida.

When I retired as a doctor after 30 years, my wife and I sold our house in Florida and moved to Costa Rica. Carol was also first generation Irish American, I called her my Galway Girl, and Carol and I enjoyed the simple life in a wooden house, surrounded by beautiful tropical rainforest.

After just two years, my wife died suddenly and her tragic death left me lost. I filled my time painting pictures and I found that the subject matter was almost always Ireland. After some months, I realised that the one place I had been truly happy was back in Ireland and that, if I was ever to find happiness again, I should start there. It was time to sell my tropical paradise and re-discover my roots.

I began to peruse websites and search out Facebook pages about the Emerald Isle and one particular page stood out from all the others. The administrator of the page not only posted some of the most stunning pictures of Ireland but also provided beautiful prose to go along with them. Madeleine and I became firm friends and, during the course of our online chats, she finally convinced me that I had a story in me. Much to her surprise, and a little to mine, there was more than one story in me.

Some people kiss the Blarney stone but it seems that I must have bitten a hunk out of it. 'The Journeyman' is Book One of 'The Tipperary Trilogy' and, thanks to Madeleine, part one of the Hogan Saga. 'Safe Home' is Book Two and the third book is underway but, as yet, untitled.

All good stories need a happy ending and Irish ones are no exception. I now live in a thatched cottage in a tiny Tipperary village. Finally, I'm home.

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