Online Book Club – March Wrap-up

March means Irish and green and fresh and new for me. I enjoyed rereading a novel about an ancestor from my past. Honor O’Flynn: a search for the True Will of God, by James P Bailey, is the story of Honor and how she came to be in America. I had forgotten a good bit of the story line so it was good to read it again.

In the book, Honor was kidnapped off the coast of Ireland when she was a young teen. During the horrific days that followed in the hollows of a nasty ship, she is friended by a kind woman and a teenage boy. The woman sold herself as an indentured servant so she could provide for her children, hoping to bring them to America before long. The boy came to make a better life than he could have had in England. Honor was going to be sold as a “tobacco wife” to the highest bidder. These friends helped her more than she could imagine.

Honor had thought she was meant to serve God as a nun in her hometown teaching children. This new turn of events had her perplexed and she was seeking to see God in her new circumstances. She learns that things are not always what we plan and that God can be served where you are.

Honor does marry, willingly, William Logsdon and goes on to live a long life in America. These two are actually in our family line, though this is a novel. It was unclear by reading the notes in the book how much of this is created and how much is based on fact. It is a fun read, nonetheless, and is a good story, indicative of the times.

I didn’t search for any other books for the theme this month.

Please visit the other participants to see what they read this month. There has been a variety of books this month.
Hopkins Homeschool
The Life We Build
Homeschool Coffee Break
A Net In Time

Lori, At Home.

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4 thoughts on “Online Book Club – March Wrap-up

  1. KymPossible March 30, 2021 at 11:45 pm Reply

    What a fascinating bit of family history! Would be so neat to find out how close to the facts this story is. Very good choice!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome March 31, 2021 at 8:36 am Reply

      Yes. We know that Honor and William Logsdon ended up being quite an influence in the Maryland landscape after their marriage but it has been near impossible to decide if she was actually kidnapped or not. Still, a fun read.

  2. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) March 31, 2021 at 11:56 pm Reply

    how interesting! Are you doing to do some research to figure out fact from fiction? glad you enjoyed the read through!

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