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Sometimes, Something Special Comes Along.

Something Like 'HOME' From A Master Storyteller

& A Book You Won't Forget!


The book......

Charlie Dobyns 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, but tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. It was a fated turn of events that would set him on a journey through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma. A journey that would forever change his life as he adapted to survive in his harsh new world. With a powerful passion for life and dignity, it was left to him to raise his siblings as he faced loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak. His experiences set to shape his family for generations to come.


Our review......

Thoughtful and enlightening, Dobyns Chronicles by author Shirley McLain proves a wonderfully inspiring historical read. Likely to prompt much reflection, it would be a cold heart that remained untouched by Charlie Dobyns life as McLain weaves fact and fiction into her intriguing tale. All the devices of an epic are present and she does well to capture the grandeur of her geographical setting. Beautifully rendered, she leaves little to the imagination, but doesn’t allow it to overpower or detract from her characters. This is Charlie's story, his path from boyhood to manhood being central to her tale and whilst fictional, it has a decidedly biographical feel. This serves to bring the hardships of the time to the fore and introduces poignant social commentary, but also contrasts with the more saccharin elements of McLain's story. It’s a sad read at times, but its love, commitment and spirituality that ultimately prevail.


An extraordinary tale about an extraordinary man and his family, Charlie Dobyns Chronicles makes for a wonderful historical fiction novel and is highly recommended.

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