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The Only Thing That Lasts: A Novel (Marquette Trilogy Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Tyler R. Tichelaar
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Book Description

The Only Thing That Lasts is written as the autobiography of Robert O'Neill, the famous novelist first introduced in The Marquette Trilogy. As a young boy during World War I, Robert is forced to leave his South Carolina home to live in Marquette with his grandmother and aunt. He finds there a cold climate, but many warmhearted friends as he matures into adulthood and becomes a famous writer. The Only Thing That Lasts is a joyful, lighthearted, yet meaningful story of home and hearth. Mr. Tichelaar says of this work,

The Only Thing That Lasts is the first novel I ever wrote. I wanted to write an old-fashioned novel in the style of Louisa May Alcott or L. Frank Baum's Aunt Jane's Nieces, or even Marquette's own Carroll Watson Rankin, whose Dandelion Cottage first made Marquette the setting for a novel.


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About the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage. Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the owner of Marquette Fiction and Superior Book Productions, a professional book editing, proofreading, and layout service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan, where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

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  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Marquette Fiction; First edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0023RRRJU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a heartwarming, coming-of-age account April 21, 2010
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Once again, Tichelaar has spun a great story---a heartwarming, coming-of-age account of Robert O'Neill, the fictional famous novelist first introduced in the Marquette trilogy. Set from 1917 to 1934, amidst the events of WWI and the Great Depression, this book is written as the autobiography of Robert O'Neill, focusing on those early years of his youth when he moved from South Carolina to Marquette to live with his grandmother and aunt after the death of his mother, while his father fought in the war.

I must confess that when I read the Marquette trilogy, which has historical people interspersed throughout its story, I believed Robert O'Neill to be a real person, and I actually Googled his name, trying to find the books he had written. Darn! He's only a wonderful figment of the imagination that came alive in print. That's the beauty of Tichelaar's books; his characters are so realistic you'd think you'd get to meet them one day.

For me, this book was the perfect one to read after I finished reading Superior Heritage (Book 3 of the Marquette trilogy) where the main character meets Robert O'Neill who plays a pivotal role in the satisfying ending of that book. However, The Only Thing That Lasts stands alone. You don't have to read the Marquette trilogy to enjoy it.

The title of the book refers to a quote from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind when Scarlett states emphatically that the only thing that lasts is one's land. This story touches on how love for one's land can affect how we live. Robert O'Neill explores his Southern and Northern roots and how both contributed to the person he would become--a great novelist whose novels would make a mark in the literary world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned Nostalgia to Make a Hometown Proud October 6, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
The dedication of Tyler Tichelaar's newest novel, "The Only Thing That Lasts," is to his brother "who likes an old-fashioned book." Turning the page of that dedication, the reader finds the excerpt from Gone With the Wind that titles this book, and enters a leisurely nostalgic experience that combines regional pride, factual background and wholesome values.

This is a regional work meant to portray the character of the author's hometown of Marquette, Michigan. In this it succeeds, weaving what is otherwise a standard tale of family fortunes around a burnished portrait of this colorful town perched on the shores of Lake Superior. Throughout the story, names and places familiar to residents are used to place the work squarely within the confines of its geography.

The story unfolds as an autobiography of Robert O'Neill, a fictional character introduced as a famous American novelist of the 20th century. The opening chapter of the book is a fast-moving montage of Robert as a young boy and his momentous move from the Deep South of South Carolina to Marquette shortly after his mother's death. It is an engaging vision of a child peering through the veil of narrow attitudes--the very first sentence contains the epithet of "damn Yankees" by a tobacco-spitting curmudgeon--into the consciousness of new people and places. The "Yankee" label stirs a fiery retort from our young hero, and in these first swirling pages Robert reveals himself to be a thinking, conscientious realist with a convincing background of a novelist-to-be.

These passionate beginnings are tamped once the protagonist reaches Marquette, however, and the story simmers down into a straightforward and straight-laced account of hometown life in this Great Lakes community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Endearing Tale of a Simpler Time January 8, 2013
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"A true library inside a home! To possess a library was the only reason I could think of for why anyone would want to be rich."

Okay . . . I'm hooked! How could I not fall in love with a boy (or anyone) who loves books that much? Just getting to page 85 to see the excitement on Robert's face as he sees all those beautifully embossed books lining the shelves in that massive library and knowing that as a solid defining moment in his life is worth the five stars to me. Life was so different around a hundred years ago, and without television, telephones, computers, gadgets--I imagine to a young boy who wanted to find adventure and the mysteries of life, books would seem to hold the magic keys to the world.

Some people have compared this story to Twain's scallywags Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I don't see that here. This reminds me more of a story like Little Women with all the homespun charm of the Little House books, except from a boy's point of view. For this, I'd like to thank Tyler Tichelaar's brother for requesting an "old fashioned story." (Dedication page) And, I'm a sucker for this type of tale. It is so refreshing to not have all the people being murdered, being put into jail, doing drugs, or plotting revenge tactics. This is just an easy story about a young boy's fictional life in historic Marquette, Michigan.
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Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: "Iron Pioneers," "The Queen City," and "Superior Heritage." He followed that popular series with three more Marquette-based novels: "Narrow Lives" (winner of the Reader Views Literary Awards for best Historical Fiction), "The Only Thing That Lasts," and "Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance." His popular Marquette novels led to requests to write a history of Marquette, Michigan which he did with "My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North, Its History, People, and Places." The popularity of that book in turn led to the short book "Creating a Local History Book" about how he did his research and compiled "My Marquette."

Branching out into scholarly works, Tyler has published "King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition" and "The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption, Gothic Literature 1794-Present."

Tyler's latest project is a five-book historical fantasy series about King Arthur's descendants. The first book "Arthur's Legacy: The Children of Arthur, Book One" was published in May 2014. The second book "Melusine's Gift" will be published in early 2015.

Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of his own publishing company, Marquette Fiction, and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

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