I won this book in a goodreads firstreads drawing.An interesting biography of the sort of life we don t hear a lot about any .Charlie Dobyns is a normal guy with perhapsthan his share of bad luck Still, through pluck and perseverance, he managed to live a good life, and make his mark.Pretty good Americana. A Journey Back In TimeI received a free copy from the author for an honest review The opinions are my own.Learned about life the early 1900 s by following Charley Doblyns and his family as they live in Southeast Texas and Northeast Oklahoma The writing is smooth and easy to read There are no twists or turns in the.story you will rejoice when things are great and cry when things go wrong.Charley is sixteen when his parents died of yellow fever His brother David is twelve and their sister Viola is fours old After burying their folks, they have a council to decide what is next They planned to go to Oklahoma to the Holmes Ranch Charley hopes to work on the ranch as a hand The journey begins until his death This is a novel I recommend it. 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 InFollow 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 I received this book from the author for an honest review Not usually a genre that I read regularly, but Ms McLain has written a wonderful story, that had me invested it the characters and the life they led A fascinating story of Charley Dobyns family and the struggles of life in the late 19 century Littlethan a child himself, he took on the role of provider for his family, with devotion he made a life Some called it the simple life Simple but still a challenge Ms McLain s research has captured what life was really like And I felt the emotion written in this book and will admit to getting a little teary. If you love a story with heart and history then I would recommend grabbing Dobyns Chronicles. The story of Charley Dobyns is a page turner The time the author spent in research has proven very worth while The story has enough factual elements and is told in just enough detail to make it a very interesting read A real taste of what it must have been like to live in North East Texas, Chickasaw Territory and eastern Oklahoma in the 1890 s.There were so many twists and turns, some very emotional parts and some very scarey parts, that will keep your interest to the very end It is very well written and in a logical chronological order that was a pleasure to read and makes you want to readby this author. Highly recommended and inspirational story This is an amazing chronicle of the life of Charlie Dobyns, created soon after his parents Pa and Ma married in 1872 It was a poignant, heartbreaking and yet compelling story Charlie had to be strong at a very young age, when tragedy hit his family He is a remarkable hero of the story, but not just to the plot, but to his family The clinging of his siblings as he takes the reins to take care of his family is remarkable and triumphant I loved this story and it was so well written I felt so engrossed in the story, that I was transported to a time where I could ve been Charlie s shadow Highly recommended and inspirational story I chose this book on the strength of a review on one of the book sites and I am really pleased that I did It isn t something I would usually read but it was beautifully written and so insightful I found myself transported to a different time The characters were simply wonderful and it was uplifting how they overcame their challenges and came through stronger for all their ordeals I can t help thinking we have it easy these days and this was a wonderful and perhaps timely reminder of how lucky we are. This book chronicles the lives of The Dobyns Family I tried reading this book about a couple of months ago just didn t feel right at the time I can definitely see why You really had to pay special attention to the running threads through out the whole book to gain the complete story The wealth of information and history is undeniably strong. Told mostly in first person, Dobyn s Chronicles recreates the America of the 1800s and 1900s very convincingly, peopling it with characters from the author s family history There s a wealth of fascinating detail woven into the story, and a great sense of place and space Characters and the hardships they endure all seem real, from children orphaned by Yellow Fever, to threats of the evil tax man and financial ruin Train travel is new Medicine is growing by leaps and bounds Banks may or may not be trusted And indoor plumbing in an hotel room is an amazing luxury The protagonist goes through life with genuine good hearted faith, accepting trials and joys and always willing to move on He has a nice steady voice in the narration, obscured sometimes by long winded dialog, but a delight in its honest and pleasant musings The reader quickly believes a real person is telling this tale.I loved the sense of change in this novel, where characters don t stay in one place, where homes are left or lost, where the past doesn t have to define the present, and where risk and reward both engender hard work I enjoyed the reminder that in simpler times, young people grew up faster and absorbed the family responsibilities at an early age And I liked the gentle insights into modernity s invasion as the lives of cowboys changed.It s not a perfect novel, and it s not a quick read, but Dobyn s Chronicles is an enjoyable tale, the characters are pleasingly memorable, and the story leaves reader with a gentle realization that, however much control we think we exert, lives can be changed completely in the short time lightning takes to strike.Disclosure I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review. A Man to Remember Charley Dobyns is a man I d like to meet Shirley McLain portrays her great grandfather in the best light possible My admiration goes out to this young man, almost a boy himself, who keeps his family together, raising his brother and sister Untimely deaths of the people close to him, along with severe weather conditions in Oklahoma are the catalysts that make Charley grow up fast He never gives up and continues to develop into a fine young man encountering negative forces along the way History buffs will enjoy reading about the family s way of life during this time period in the early 1900 s Ms McClain must have researched it well or hung onto every word her great grandfather and others told her The Christian audience is sure to appreciate the beliefs this family valued and practiced The uplifting tale creates joy and hope in the soul while teaching us how adversity can be conquered This page turner always kept me reading to see how the family overcame each disaster that befell them Well developed characters were easy to keep track of, but most of all, this heart warming story made me yearn forknowledge about the animals, cooking and ranch life in general The author can certainly be proud to be a part of this family circle.
Enjoying my retirement from Nursing, after 33 years, is my main goal right now I live outside Sapulpa Oklahoma with my husband, Lee and our five dogs and three cats It s like having a house full of three year olds Never a dull moment.I ve several publications, My rst book, The Tower, is a juvenile mystery, based in Oklahoma, but takes you around the world I have published an ebook of short
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- Dobyns Chronicles
- Shirley McLain
- 18 February 2017 Shirley McLain