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February 11, 2015

THE IMMIGRANT by Alfred Woollacott III

One From My Four Legged Stool
Alfred Woollacott III

OVERVIEW (from Amazon)
 A historical saga that covers a winter of 1650/1651 journey of John Law, a young Scotsman captured by the English Lord Cromwell’s forces in seventeenth century Scotland during “The Battle of Dunbar”. He survives a death march to Durham, England and is eventually sent to Massachusetts Bay Colony as an indentured servant, arriving aboard the ship “Unity” that was carrying around 150 prisoners of war from different Scottish clans. Now an outcast, and in the sanctuary of the new colony, John starts over as an immigrant in a Puritan theocracy. He is first indentured to the Saugus Iron Works and then to Concord as a public shepherd in West Concord (now Acton). The young man faces obstacles often beyond his control, and his only ally is his faith. After his indenture is served he struggles a near lifetime to obtain title to his promised land. From start to finish “The Immigrant” is an intoxicating journey that follows the travails of John, his faith in God, his good wife and growing family.

Product Details

 Alfred Woollacott, III retired from KPMG in 2002 after a career spanning 34 years, choosing to reside full time at his summer residence on Martha's Vineyard. Being "45 minutes from America" and with a 50 - 60 hour per week void to fill, he began dabbling into his family history. His dabbling grew into an obsession and he published several genealogical summaries of his ancestors. But certain ones absorbed him such that he could not leave them. So he researched their lives and times further while evolving his writing skills from "just the facts ma'am" to a fascinating narrative style. Thus with imagination, anchored in fact and tempered with plausibility, a remote ancestor can achieve a robust life as envisioned by a writer with a few drops of his ancestor’s blood in his veins. More than a historical novel, “The Immigrant” has many meaningful layers to savor and several historical puzzles to uncover.
 I like most books that have to do with history.  THE IMMIGRANT was very  interesting to read.   It was a narrative of one of the character's journeys.  The author wrote such an interesting story  of the historical events that the reader can relate to the events.  The story is about the struggles for individual and family survival. The character, John Law caused complications in his family and within himself. The themes of the book are so realistic that the reader can relate to them and the fact that they are set in the historical events make them even more real. The reader may find that he or she has struggled with the same problems in their lives.  Sometimes history changes with time, but the souls of human beings don't.  As the reader turns the pages you become more and more interested in John Law and his journey.  The journey the reader takes is into the 17th century Scotland and the New World.  The author uses some Scottish dialects throughout the book which gives a natural feeling to the book. It is apparent that the author did a lot of research and also looked deeply into his Scottish heritage that produced this book of historical fiction which is entertaining and educational.  The book is a novel of faith and beliefs.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction that has personal heritage woven into it. The front cover of the book depicts the story so well.  Wonderful!

I received a complimentary copy of THE IMMIGRANT from the author, Alfred Woollacott III for my view of the book.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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