Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Paradise Tree by Elena Maria Vidal

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Publication Date: September 19, 2014

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Paperback; 252p


Genre: Historical Fiction



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The year is 1887 in Leeds County, Ontario. The O’Connor clan is gathering to mourn the loss of its patriarch Daniel O’Connor, an Irish immigrant. The story of Daniel and his wife Brigit is one of great hardships, including illness, ill-starred romances, war and political upheavals, as well as undying love and persevering faith. As Daniel is laid to rest, his grandson Fergus receives a piercing insight into what his own calling in life will be.
My Review:
Four Stars
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
I loved the historical perspective that Elena Maria Vidal presented in "The Paradise Tree:A Novel."  It was interesting and informative to learn about the Irish.  Vidal's writing was engaging and the story was filled with heart, soul, family loyalty, history, and unexpected twists and turns.  I enjoyed this beautiful story and recommend it.

Praise for The Paradise Tree


"With this marvelous immigrant saga, Elena Maria Vidal reminds us why our forebears left the Old World for the New: for Faith, family, and freedom! Through three generations of an Irish clan in Canada, she invites us into their home for struggle and triumph, celebrations of joy and sorrow, music, feasting, and dancing. The Paradise Tree makes 'the past and present mingle and become one' for the reader’s great delight." --Stephanie A. Mann, author of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation


“Elena Maria Vidal’s latest book, The Paradise Tree, is the fictionalized true story of the author’s devoutly Catholic ancestors who immigrated to Canada from Ireland. It is filled with rich detailed history recounting the hardships and joys of the 19th century O’Connor Family. Beautifully written with great attention to historical, geographical and religious accuracy, this fascinating and moving family saga is a treasure that I highly recommend!” ~Ellen Gable Hrkach, award-winning author of In Name Only and four other novels

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About the Author03_Elena Maria Vidal



Elena Maria Vidal grew up in the countryside outside of Frederick, Maryland, "fair as the garden of the Lord" as the poet Whittier said of it. As a child she read so many books that her mother had to put restrictions on her hours of reading. During her teenage years, she spent a great deal of her free time writing stories and short novels.


Elena graduated in 1984 from Hood College in Frederick with a BA in Psychology, and in 1985 from the State University of New York at Albany with an MA in Modern European History. In 1986, she joined the Secular Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Elena taught at the Frederick Visitation Academy and worked as a private tutor as well as teaching children's etiquette classes. During a trip to Austria in 1995 she visited the tomb of Empress Maria Theresa in the Capuchin crypt in Vienna. Afterwords she decided to finish a novel about Marie-Antoinette she had started writing ten years before but had put aside. In 1997 her first historical novel TRIANON was published by St. Michaels Press. In 2000, the sequel MADAME ROYALE was published, as well as the second edition of TRIANON, by The Neumann Press. Both books quickly found an international following which continues to this day. In 2010, the third edition of TRIANON and the second edition of MADAME ROYALE were released.


In November 2009, THE NIGHT'S DARK SHADE: A NOVEL OF THE CATHARS was published by Mayapple Books. The new historical novel deals with the controversial Albigensian Crusade in thirteenth century France. Elena has been a contributor to Canticle Magazine, Touchstone Magazine, The National Observer, and The American Conservative. In April 2009 she was a speaker at the Eucharistic Convention in Auckland, New Zealand. In August 2010 Elena spoke at The Catholc Writers Conference in Valley Forge, PA. She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and the Eastern Shore Writers Association. She currently lives in Maryland with her family.


For more information please visit Elena's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.



Other Titles by Elena Maria Vidal



Trianon: A Novel of Royal France

Madame Royale: A Novel

The Night's Dark Shade: A Novel of the Cathars


The Paradise Tree Blog Tour Schedule



Saturday, October 4

Review at Peeking Between the Pages


Sunday, October 5

Guest Post at Susan Heim on Writing


Monday, October 6

Review at Savvy Verse & Wit

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Tuesday, October 7

Review at Just One More Chapter



Wednesday, October 8

Review at West Metro Mommy



Thursday, October 9

Review & Interview at Back Porchervations



Friday, October 10

Review at Beth's Book Reviews

Spotlight at Let Them Read Books



Saturday, October 11

Interview at Supremacy & Survival



Sunday, October 12

Spotlight at Queen of All She Reads



Monday, October 13

Review at A Bibliotaph's Reviews



Tuesday, October 14

Review at CelticLady's Reviews



Wednesday, October 15

Review at A Book Geek

Interview at Caroline Wilson Writes



Thursday, October 16

Review at Book Nerd

Spotlight at She is Too Fond of Books



Friday, October 17

Review at Dianne Ascroft Blog



Saturday, October 18

Spotlight at Passages to the Past



Monday, October 20

Review at Book Drunkard



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