Random Novel: Patrick's Journey

Book Title: Patrick's Journey
Author: Roy Humphreys

County Wicklow, Ireland 1790

It's springtime and 17 year old Patrick Rourke has everything to live for. He's young, strong and healthy, has a loving family and has won the affection of  his sweetheart Catherine. Unfortunately, Patrick is also quick tempered and has an unfortunate tendency to use his fists to settle disputes. A relatively minor confrontation with the occupying British Redcoats escalates and Patrick's world is torn apart as he becomes a pawn in the political aspirations of the United Irishmen and suffers the wrath of the British dominated Irish penal system.

With everything he holds dear seemingly lost Patrick finds himself thrust into an emotional and physical journey that will see him plummet into the depths of rage and despair as he is transported on the convict ship Boddington to the penal colony of New South Wales.

Will he ever see his family or his beloved Ireland again ? And Catherine - all his future revolved around Catherine - what can he hope to offer her now?

My Review
Patrick's Journey is the story of a young man who grew up in Ireland during the turbulent times between the English and Irish. What fascinated me with this book was that it was actually based on the real life events of the author's ancestor. The author, Roy Humphreys, skillfully weaves together historical facts and an interesting plot to make for an exciting read you'll speed through.

One of the things I didn't care for: The story is written from too many point of views in my opinion. You would be in a scene and the point of view would change with almost every new character that entered. I'm not saying this is a fault just that I didn't care for it that much...

One of the things I did like: I loved reading about Patrick's spiritual, emotional, and physical maturation. He could have so easily have become bitter by his unfair circumstances but he chose to stay positive.

If you're looking for a book that contains an interesting historical background and a love story that struggles to exist in the midst of ongoing trials, Patrick's Journey is the book for you.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

A big thanks to the author, Roy Humphrey's for the copy of this book in exchange for a review!

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