Today is my favorite writers birthday, Robert Jordan was born on this day in 1948. His stories have brought me many hours of wonderful pleasure and vicarious adventure. I devoured The Wheel of Time series, and have read it more than once. And will do so again. The Conan stories are great. So, I didn’t expect anything different with The Fallon Chronicles, even though it’s classified as “historical romance”. By the way this was my first foray into any type of romance novels. The historical part didn’t scare me, but the romance half did. However, my fear was unfounded.
The story follows Michael Fallon, an immigrant from Ireland who comes to America to create a dynasty that rivals all. He does succeed at that, and becomes a prosperous man, pulling himself up by his bootstraps. The story line follows along the path of Fallon beginning in America as an indentured servant. Later, after his service as an indentured servant, he begins his own business as a planter running a huge plantation. Throughout this time he is involved with several women who get him into all sorts of mishaps. Through one of these encounters he brings a illegitimate child into the world. An event that will later give him great heartache.
Also during this time while Mr. Fallon is gaining his freedom, and becoming a man of great means, and setting a course for his life and those of his children. The country that he loves, and allowed him to advance in life is having growing pains. America is at the start of the Revolution, and seeking her independence from Great Britain. Fallon, who has a military background, comes with time one of the leading figures of the Revolution working alongside some of the most well known individuals in the birth of the new nation. This is a story of ambition, passion, and a desire to leave a legacy.
I highly recommend this book. Robert Jordan is a excellent writer.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Series: The Fallon Chronicles
Publication Date: February 1, 1980
Publisher: Ace Books
Genre: Historical Romance
Pov: Third Person
Pages: 381 pages (Hardcover)
Best Lines: N/A