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Living through Hope!

An Historical Romance by Chris Bullock

from an original Family History

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 1999-2011 Chris Bullock

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To my great, great grandmother, Bridget (1820-1898), who lived through it all.

Part 1 : Famine - Cong, Ireland 1844-1848

Chapter 1

The thunder that night in August was terrifying!

The solid sheets of rain torrented down drowning everything in a deluge of water and the whole cottage was soaked. The small family huddled around the spitting and sizzling fire for warmth and attempted to keep themselves dry. The heavy downpour kept running down the inside walls of the blackened chimney and threatening to dowse the spluttering fire. The thick covering of normally waterproof thatch, and even the dried-out insulating peat underneath, couldn’t totally protect them from this inundation from the skies. Dirty water was dripping constantly through many places in the roof, creating expanding puddles on the compacted dirt floor and even forming some small streams flowing out of the doorway. Everyone was wet, miserable and cold. The high-pitched howling winds and heavy rain battering against the walls added to the cacophony. A variety of mixed and troubled thoughts were in each of the family’s minds, but the crops were their major concern. ‘How would it affect their crops? Would they all be washed away? Would even the roof of the cottage survive? How much longer would this rain last?’

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