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Family Tree: A Novel Spanning 17 Centuries

ByPaul Lima

If your idea of history is 2+2=4... think again. In Family Tree a white woman born in Saxony but living in Britain becomes a black man born in Toronto but living in San Francisco. It only takes 17 centuries for the transformation to happen as you get to follow one family line from 400 AD to the present, through seven countries -- Saxony, Britain, Scotland, America, Canada, Germany and... Valhalla. Family Tree chapters alternate between past and present, starting with Arlyss and Sigeburg and their daughter Megan in 400 AD Saxony and jumping to the Alden family, having just moved from Toronto, Canada to San Francisco, California in 2015. As we progress through the book, the past catches up with the present. In this dual time-line tale, modern technology unravels an intriguing history -- major events in the history of western civilization -- the family line is involved in. From fighting in Britain for the Romans, to fighting in Britain against the Romans. From fighting for various kingdoms in Britain against the Danes and Vikings to fighting for the kingdom of Britain against the Scots and French. From fleeing to the New World to escape religious persecution in Britain to fleeing to Canada from America during the American Revolution. From trying to enlist to fight in WWI to fighting in WWII. From working in a grocery store in Toronto to working for a leading DNA company... Corey Alden has taken a job as the IT Director with Ancestry Discovery, a DNA testing company in San Francisco. He plants an Oak tree in his front yard that he has moved from Toronto. The Oak tree was started from acorns passed down through his family line for over 17 centuries. As part of his job, Corey, an only child of parents who were only children, gets his DNA tested--with shockingly unexpected results. His daughter Ashley gets her DNA tested and discovers connections that can only mean her mother, Indira, who thought she was an adopted only child, was... Well, I don't want to spoil it for you! Through it all, the Saxon gods, Jörð and Odin, have a running bet about how long the family tree will continue to be passed forward and how long the family line will last. Beta Readers React "Family Tree is historical, mystical, dramatic, humorous and moving. And it's all combined, from start to finish, in a manner most engaging." - Bethany Bower "With mythical beginnings, Family Tree follows the stories of a family line that stretches back centuries touching on themes of family co


Publication Date
Mar 17, 2023
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
By (author): Paul Lima



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