“New to that country, caught up in my own survival, I did not understand the scope or nature of the War of the Rebellion, only that it was not ours, my brother's and mine, to fight. I could not have imagined that the war would come to the very shores of Grindstone, with such treachery and brutality that I still wake at night with a pounding heart.”
Leaving Ireland in the devastating aftermath of the Famine, Anya MacGregor finds refuge in the Thousand Islands, far from the violence of the Civil War. Jonathon Douglas, a Confederate spy, has escaped to the islands after an attempt to firebomb New York City. But they cannot escape the dark undercurrents of war: their sanctuary soon becomes as dangerous as the battle front. Irresistibly drawn to each other, they are pulled into a web of espionage that threatens to destroy them both.
Set in the wild beauty of the Thousand Islands, Grindstone illuminates the Irish immigrant experience and the impact of the Civil War. Lyrical and profoundly moving, Grindstone is historical fiction at its best, inspiring as it shapes our understanding of the most violent period in American history.
“There is little consolation in relating the particulars of the hostile operations along the northern borders of the United States, by Confederate soldiers from Canada, who were assigned to this service by the authorities of the Confederate States in 1864.And yet the authentic narrative of this desperate warfare…may serve as a lesson and a guide to the present and future generations of our reunited country in determining the price of peace and the pretexts for war.” Confederate Operations in Canada and New York John W. Headley, 1906
About the Author:
For more than three decades, Donna Walsh Inglehart has been fully engaged with the process of writing. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts and Middlebury College. She taught literature and writing for many years and has published two novels, Breaking the Ring (Little, Brown) and Grindstone (Troubadour Interactive). With Ian Coristine, she co-authored One in a Thousand (McLellan Interactive), an iPad app ebook selected, twice, for the International MarCom Award (Platinum). Grindstone is part of a trilogy; Donna is currently writing the sequel, and, with historian David Inglehart, the prequel. She lives in Maine.
Praise for Grindstone:
“Haunting and evocative. A fresh, absorbing take on this time in history, Grindstone sheds new light on a story we think we know.” Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Orphan Train
“…bound to hook you from the start, an exciting read with finely drawn, believable characters caught in a dangerous world…One powerful book…an astonishing piece of historical fiction…a gem of a novel.” Portland Press Herald
“Blending romance with the conflict of civil war, an enticing read…Highly Recommended.”
Midwest Book Review
“…one of those books that will be treasured by generation after generation.” Thousand Islands Life
“Compelling, engrossing historical fiction…with a unique and satisfying storyline…highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, the Civil War, or simply good writing.” Awesome Indies
Author Donna Walsh Inglehart will be book signing her historical fiction Grindstone at the 2015 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach on Saturday, July 25th, 2:00-4:00.