author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Third Mrs. Galway with Dierdre Sinnott

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This week, I have a special treat for you. Stick around to the end of the episode to hear an excerpt from my special guest’s debut novel, read by the author herself.


The Third Mrs. Galway with Deirdre Sinnott!


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Deirdre Sinnott


Tuesday, April 5, 2022


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Deirdre Sinnott is an author, researcher, and activist for social change. She grew up in Utica, New York, and graduated from Syracuse University. Sinnott speaks nationally about the role of Central New York’s residents in the abolition of slavery. She is a historical consultant for the Fort Stanwix Underground Railroad History Project, funded by the National Park Service. The Third Mrs. Galway is her first novel.

Book description:

The Third Mrs. Galway is a historical novel sent in Utica in 1835. The action begins when a young bride discovers an enslaved family hiding in her shed, setting in motion the exhumation of long-buried family secrets. Suddenly, she is at the center of not only the era’s greatest moral dilemma, but her own as well. Should she be a “good wife” and report the fugitives to her husband? Or will she defy convention and come to their aid. The novel won The Writers Lounge 2021 Bookshelf Award and was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as one of their 2021 Great Group Reads.

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The Lone Warrior: Once Upon A Time in the West, a book review

Lori Austin has written a compelling post civil War Western romance, about a farmer’s wife in search of her daughter who was stolen by dog soldiers and taken to a Shianne camp to live. Along the way she meets a former soldier who is known as the “white ghost”, wanted in both Colorado and Kansas as well as being chased by indian warriors.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that as I read this book via the NLS talking book program for the blind and physically handicapped, I laughed, cried, fought, and fell in love with these fabulous characters, and if you’re an avid reader and love a good story, I believe you will too. This book is an action packed ride from Kansas to Colorado territory where in order for Rose to find her daughter, She and Luke must fight off Indians, outrun lawmen, and they get into several scrapes, fall in love, and even get married among the Indians along the way. The little girl is not found by her, it happens the other way around. You won’t be able to put this one down, but you’d better have a hanky or a box of tissues close by, because you will need them.
Happy reading and God bless.


A bit of inspiration and a question about lighthouses

I’m in the middle of reading a book of romances set around historical lighthouses. As I read the novellas written by Diana Mills and three other Christian romance authors, I begin to hear the words of an old hymn entitled The Lighthouse, which if you are a Christian like myself, you will remember very well.
After finding a recording of this hymn online, I began giving thanks for the spiritual blessing. After my prayer was finished, I started reading again. As I did so, I pictured myself climbing the narrow steep steps up to the lighthouse.I don’t know why, but I have this strong urge to visit a lighthouse, to know what it feels like to climb to the top of the staircase, and stand up over the seashore, as the lighthouse keepers do. I may not be able to see the ships as they come in, or the light that burns bright during the night, but just the feel of being up there is fascinating.
Here’s a question for you dear readers: What does a modern lighthouse look like.? I don’t want a bunch of pictures, because I can’t see them. I would appreciate it if you could paint a picture of a lighthouse for me with words. If you have any links to videos that describe what a lighthouse looks like so I can “see” it for myself, that would be nice too.Please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
One more question, have you ever been so inspired by what you read, or a picture that forms in your mind that you had to go and experience it for yourself? If so, please share your story, so I can experience this fascinating adventure through your eyes.