02 May 2020

Once Upon an Irish Summer | Excerpt + Giveaway

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Two teenagers, two centuries, one city.

1817 Ireland – Allen Hamilton crosses the Atlantic alone to find a way to save his family from imminent financial and social ruin before it’s too late. Instead he is met with prejudice, sickness, and starvation.

2018 Fort Wayne, Indiana – A gifted young artist struggles with debilitating grief after a sudden death in her family. When she unearths Allen Hamilton’s noble rise from rags to riches in Antebellum America, their shared connection inspires her own healing and renewed inspiration.

Based on a 200-year-old letter collection, Once Upon an Irish Summer brings to life and weaves together this true story of romance, mystery, and hope.

Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: April 3, 2020


“It was the most cutting-edge, all-wooden fort ever built in North America, designed for defense by only seventy-five men.”

“Defense from what?”

“France, England, Indians, mostly. Can you imagine living here surrounded by only thick forest, wild animals, and Indians?”

“Um, no. That sounds scary.”

Preston nodded. “This place was an outpost on the edge of nowhere, absolutely nothing. Just forest and wilderness for hundreds of miles.”

“Gosh. That makes a crazy picture in my head. I don’t remember much from our grade school history lessons.”

“That’s because history bores you, Beth.”

“You’re right about that. But I’ve never had a decent history teacher, either. Seriously, last year? Mr. Belch—that’s really his name—droned on and on about nothing and had the worst breath ever.”

Preston laughed. “Well, did you ever think about what Mr. Belch droned on and on about?”

“No. Why would I? History isn’t my thing, you know?”

Preston shook his head. “You’re missing out, Beth—” He stopped talking, and a wide grin spread across his face.

I stared at him. “What?”

He tilted his head and raised an eyebrow. “I’m going to change your mind.”

“About what?”

“Hello. History.”


Wendy Wilson Spooner became a novelist after writing academically and for family history clients. Her love of history compels her to write the true stories she unearths during research, and she’s found that truth is indeed much more exciting and inspiring than fiction! She writes about family, faith, grief, art, and overcoming obstacles in life by coming to know who we truly are—children of God, and the descendants of remarkable people who paved the way for us—even if they really struggled. Wendy believes in learning from our ancestors, honoring them, and standing on their shoulders to become someone even better. When not writing, Wendy currently serves as Vice-Chair for Daughters of the American Revolution over the American Heritage Contest in Art and Sculpture. She also loves to hike, paint, travel and spend time with her favorite people—her family.


(1) winner will receive a signed copy of Once Upon an Irish Summer with a gorgeous Irish bookmark!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight April 28, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on May 5, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. I liked the excerpt, sounds like a good read.

  2. Sounds like a great book Loved the excerpt

  3. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "Once Upon an Irish Summer".

    The excerpt just confirms that this would be a book I would love the opportunity to read.
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  4. Anonymous4/5/20 18:06

    Thanks so much for sharing! - JustRead Tours

  5. This sounds like a great read. I love the cover.