Today we’re going to highlight a series by Mary Kay Tuberty, The Carty Sister Series. There are three books in this series, Keeper of Coin, Keeper of Trust, and Keeper of the Flame. They are all available on Amazon.
These are historical romances set around a family from Ireland. In fact they are built around some letters Mary Kay inherited. The letters were written in the 1850s by members of the Carty family. We have included many of them, and Mary Kay built the story around the letters. The story starts with the Potato Famine in Ireland and then moves to St. Louis, Missouri. The historical facts in these letters are outstanding. They cover pre Civil War and beyond. Because they are authentic, it makes for better reading.
In 1859, John Carty sent his sixteen year old daughter, Anne, from their impoverished home in Ireland to meet with his brother who had established himself in Oregon. Anne, who was good at holding on to her money, promised her father she would make a home for her brothers and sisters and bring them all out to join her.
When she made that promise, Anne could not have known she would come as far as St. Louis and lose touch with her uncle in Oregon, or that James Duff would arrive from their home in Blackwater to pledge his love and support, or that the Civil War would interrupt their plans.
Anne could not have foreseen that, while she saved every possible penny, her father would time and again be forced to spend the passage money she sent him for food for their starving family and taxes on their land. She was determined to bring her family out of Ireland, but how much time would pass before she succeeded and how long would James Duff be willing to wait? amazon.com/…book/dp/B0147VG5X8/ref=sr_1_1
Julia Carty resolved that she must change her ways. Her father had called her “flighty” and sent her younger sister to America ahead of her. Her beloved Martin referred to her as his “beautiful butterfly, flitting from one adventure to another.”
She had come to St. Louis in 1861 at the start of the Civil War. In the intervening years, she worked hard at the church mission and at Dempsey’s Bakery to prove she had put aside her childish habits. With the arrival of her young sister Lizzie though, she realized she had not contributed her share to the immigration fund. She left it to her sisters Anne and Kate to save the majority of passage money to bring the children out of Ireland’s poverty.
When Martin suffered a life-threatening accident and faced disabilities that would alter his life forever, he needed her love and support. When additional tragedy struck the Cartys, her dear family turned to her for strength and encouragement. Had she matured, at last? Would she be capable of sustaining them all? amazon.com/…book/dp/B01ENS89BG/ref=sr_1_1
In 1869, post-Civil War St. Louis overflowed with immigrants seeking new homes or preparing to head out West. Kate Carty had arrived from Blackwater, Ireland nearly four years before, and the dressmaking business she established had been flourishing right along with the growth of the city. When the need for additional space became urgent, Kate turned to her landlord and dear friend Walter Dempsey who readily agreed to help her expand her shop.
The pleasant circumstances she enjoyed while living at Dempsey’s and working in her seamstress shop were overshadowed by the turmoil roiling within Kate. She worried over the welfare of her young brother and sister still in Ireland and felt deep anger toward her parents for not sending the children to America. Her sisters, Julia and Anne, became concerned that the anxiety and bitterness she harbored would endanger her health. Their apprehension proved valid. Even the arrival of their young brother Michael could not still Kate’s distress, and she fell seriously ill.
Her recovery was met with additional troubles. An epidemic that swept through the overcrowded city touched her family in St. Louis, while still another crisis threatened her family in Ireland. Kate sought to come to the aid of her loved ones, and once again, Walter offered his help. Could she rise above her own resentment to help her family? Could she look beyond her family’s troubles and allow the grand friendship developing between Walter and her to grow into something more? amazon.com/ …book/dp/B01M6ATTJS/re=_1_1