From Finding Civil War Letters in the Attic to the Andover Bookstore Launch Party

Civil War Letter

A book launch party and signing of Ellen B. Alden’s novel, Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke, will take place Thursday June 16, 2016 (6-8pm) at the Andover Bookstore/Village Courtyard in Andover MA. Festivities will include Irish music and exhibits.

Author and Teacher, Ellen B. Alden, will be present to discuss how she developed her story ideas based on the hard-scrabble lives of her ancestors during the Civil War. In her compelling new novel, Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke, Alden reveals the secrets contained in nineteen original letters, written by her great-great grandfather that she happened upon in her attic.

"The twin forces of the Great Famine and the Civil War mark out an immigrant destiny for Florence and Ellen as evocative as it is confounding--Alden's book echoes the grand narrative that built America." - Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D. Professor, Franklin Pierce University

Mary C. Kelly, Ph.D. Professor, Franklin Pierce University

Ellen Alden was sifting through her attic and discovered a leather box filled with Civil War era letters from her great, great grandfather. These letters written to his wife and children from the lines of the Virginia battlefields, tells the story of an Irish immigrant farmer forced to seek a better life in America. Similar to the challenges that immigrants still face today, this story speaks of the sacrifices families make to improve their lives. 

Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke is a novel of enduring faith, bravery and the indestructible bond of family.  It is an ideal book for high school history classes, Irish study programs/organizations and historical fiction readers. It is available in paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and as an eBook with Kindle, iTunes, Nook and other digital resellers.

BIO: Ellen B. Alden is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont. She received a teaching degree from Pepperdine University in California and attended Merrimack College Graduate School of Education. She began her journey of writing after discovering an old leather box with handwritten letters from her Irish immigrant great, great grandfather to his family. After several trips to Ireland and months of research, her book was released and available for sale on May 10, 2016. She resides in Andover, Massachusetts where she lives with her husband Michael, their three children; Nathan, Liam and Jillian, and two dogs, Moxie and Jack Frost.


Source: Ellen B. Alden


Categories: Books, History, School Libraries

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About Ellen B. Alden

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Author and speaker on Irish Immigration during the Civil War

Ellen B. Alden
271 Highland Road
Andover, MA 01810
United States