Landing in Ireland is just as enchanting. The following is taken from my own memories, and written for my current work in progress.
The 767 descended over verdant hills while sunlight daubed them with ochre splotches and other patches receded in hyacinth shadow. Overall a sense of softness draped the landscape as though a painter pressed undiluted pigment densely upon the canvas. His brush strokes left no harsh edges as the fields smudged gently up to the next, bordered by low stone walls. It took several seconds before I realized the white specks on the hills were sheep.
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All of Ireland, north and south, has the unique fortune of being fairly untouched by industrialization. One of the few, and the most famous industrial site, was the Harland and Wolfe Shipyard where the Titanic was built in Belfast. It’s not unusual for people from that city to have the same honor as I do---my great-grandfather and my grandfather (yes father and son) both worked as riveters on that infamous ship. This historical angle is featured in my hero’s backstory in my next release Sofi’s Bridge coming out May 1.
Once you drive out of Belfast though, you really do find rolling patchworks of fields and quaint villages with thatched roof cottages just as you’ve seen on postcards. Many of my memories of Ireland are featured also in my contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming. The most stupendous scenery is along the Antrim Coast, one of the most majestic coastlines in all Ireland. My memories of standing on a clifftop looking out over the North Sea in a 50 mile-an-hour gale inspired the following from the series I am currently writing.
Each wave swell advances with the precision of military ranks, and I feel the past assault me. The gale fights me at the cliff edge, but I will not yield to its accusing moans. No longer will I be steered from my vision, though the north wind stings my face, tightening the skin over my cheekbones, and molds my wet gown to my frozen legs.
The wind whips my hair about my head so that I must appear a scarlet-headed medusa. I clutch the woolen shawl to my breast. My chest, an empty drum, echoes with the surging cauldron far below. The North Sea froths, its waters captured by the ancient arms of the Antrim Coast. Farther out, between each white-capped crest, longer, deeper troughs taunt me the same as the wind, moaning, whispering, old sins cast long shadows. Old sins cast long shadows.
Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-winning Christian fiction. Born in N. Ireland, Christine loves to weave her combined Irish and British ancestry into her novels. She is currently writing her 7th book. It was the handed down family tales of ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India that inspired her multi-award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj, Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and the explosive and passionate finale Veiled at Midnight.
Christine’s Irish wit and joy in her use of setting as a character is evident in her contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming. Her brand new Sofi’s Bridge was just released May 1, and features a dashing Irish hero. The book Christine is currently writing is the first in a brand new series that is set entirely on the majestic Antrim Coast in N. Ireland. If you want a wee drop of the Irish, consider a trip in one of Christine Lindsay’s novels.
Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine is the happy wife of David of 35 years, mom to four grown kids, and Nanny to four grandsons. She makes her home on the west coast of Canada.
Most of Christine’s books are in Ebook format and in trade paperback in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Books.com and more. You can find the purchase links for all of Christine’s books on her website www.ChristineLindsay.org But if you are interested especially in her books set in Ireland the Amazon links are as below:
LONDONDERRY DREAMING and her brand new release SOFI’S BRIDGE
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