Salena Mahoney’s parents shipped her from Wales to America in an arranged marriage with a family friend, Enoch MacRae, when she was 16 years-old and pregnant. The father of Salena’s child was left in Wales to wonder where she disappeared to, and why.
In time she came to admire and respect the man she married, but ten years later her husband is killed in a farming accident. Salena writes a letter to the father of her 10-year old son, asking for his help with her large farm, and the son he never knew he had.
Thomas Stamford sells everything he has and comes to America, but by the time he arrives, another man has also come to help Salena with her two young sons and the farm.
Two men, one farm, and a woman torn between them, brings drama and heartache. Salena must choose which man is to stay, and which man must leave.
Elaine Robinson’s roots are deeply rooted in the East Texas farm where she and her brother were born and raised on their grandparents’ farm. She now lives with her husband of 62 years in Baton Rouge, LA. Caring for her WWII veteran husband leaves little time for writing, but when time permits, she puts to paper those stories her grandmother Maggie told of times long ago when the old ones in Welsh villages believed the appearance of the black bird called the Jackdaw was a messenger of good and bad things to come.