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September 7, 2014

DOBYNS CHRONICLES by Shirley McLain



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DOBYNS CHRONICLES
by
Shirley McLain

 
 INTRO

Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma.
 
Here is a Treat for HISTORICAL FICTION fans as well as those who are fascinated by late 19th century and early 20th century historical events in both Texas and OKLAHOMA. 
 
 This Historical novel is loosely based on a true life story of a brave Oklahoman from the mid 1880's to 1955.  This dramatic story also showcases the struggles and intermarriage of an American cowboy and an American Indian.

Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma.
 
This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie's strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It's a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality. Follow Charlie's life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations.
 
 Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: XLIBRIS (May 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499024096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499024098
 AUTHOR

From the Author

I remember meeting my Great Grandfather, Charlie, as a child and grew up hearing the stories of his life. He had the strength and courage to do what needed to be done during the hard times. You never heard a bad word said about he or Mila. Dobyns Chronicles was a labor of love. I wrote this book as a tribute to my mother's family. For the strength and courage that was demonstrated. The love given and passed down through the generations of the family, and the Oklahoma land they shared helped hold the family together.   Shirley McLain

About the Author

Shirley is enjoying her retirement from Nursing, after 33 years.  She lives outside Sapulpa Oklahoma with her husband,  three dogs and three cats. It's like having a house full of three year olds. Never a dull moment. At this time she has  several publications on Amazon.  Her first book, "The Tower" is a juvenile mystery, based in Oklahoma but takes you around the world. She also published an ebook of short stories of different genres called "Shirley's Shorts and Flashes" and a short ebook of Christian Poetry called "Verses For My King"  
REVIEW
 I read this entire book and all the while felt it was a true story.  Didn't realize it until I was done.  The author wrote with such a feeling of the characters being so real that you felt you could reach out and hug Viola as she was crying at the loss of her Ma and Pa.  You don't lose your way in this book. It flows so nicely that you don't have to go back and re-read to figure out what is going on.  The author gives us such closeness that the pioneers had.  They helped each other no matter what.Ms. McLain gave us so much history through Charlie Dobyns and his family, the ups and downs, the heartaches and the losses.  And yet they trudged on, not liking it, but knowing they could lean on each other and make it. To me this was a history that was lived, not made up. Charlie Dobbins was a 'half-breed' of a Cherokee mother and Texas cowboy. The early pioneer days in the Red River valley ranch were hard and came to an unhappy close in 1888.  The author then leads us with Charlie through McAlester, Oklahoma.Times were heartbreaking, Yellow Fever, tax sale of their home, deaths and yet the family held strong on love and kindness.Charlie held on to a strong connection to God that took him from a young boy to a grandfather. What a wonderful gift Ms. McLain has give the reader with such a dearing eulogy at the end.  Charlie left a legacy of love for his family, but also for his land... Read the rest when you finish the book.  Charlie Dobyns will forever remain in the reader's heart and mind.
 Don't let this book pass you by.  It's fiction, but such good writing that you go away with the feeling you just read Charlie Dobyn's true life's story.  Magnificent!
 
 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Shirley McLain and Bostick Communications for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

LINKS
http://bemiown.blogspot.com
bemiown@yahoo.com
www.bostickcommunications.com


http://www.amazon.com/review/R8JCYLGZ3AS4M/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00KNMM46S&nodeID=283155&store=books
 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1048095215
 

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