The Journey

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1920s & '30s

Jimmy Smyth

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The Journey is the story of Mary Harper and her Family. At the age of seventeen, Mary Harper has already led a full and hectic life; surviving poverty, hardship, and an alcoholic father, to become a beautiful, charismatic and charming young woman. Mary has a job she loves, her first boyfriend, wonderful caring friends and money to spend - at least everything is seemingly perfect. That is, until one fateful night when Mary's world comes crashing down around her. Having been brutally raped, she slowly becomes stripped of everything that made her life great - her happiness, freedom, family, friends and finally, her sanity. Set in rural Ireland in the 1930's: The Journey will take you back to a time where life was harder, tougher and much more challenging. Closely follow Mary's story and the lives of her mother, sister, two brothers and the illegal antics of her alcoholic father; this book will draw you into the lives of these characters and the intriguing ways of this small community.


Drama, Family, Historical Fiction, Romance,

Short Summary

A seventeen year old girl who is raped and forced into a lunatic asylum by her own father, where she gives birth to her baby who is removed at birth and sent off for adoption. Mary is left to cope with violence, abuse and so-called brutal treatments in the lunatic asylum.


A rural village in Ireland during the 1930's

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Mary Harper

Age: 17

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Engaging, Gracious, Honorable, Modest, Romantic, Beautiful, Charming, Faithful, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Paddy Harper: Mary's father. A brutal and violent man and alcohol. A useless husband and father.

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Aggressive, Badass, Desperate, Greedy, Manipulative, Unapologetic, Villainous, Clumsy, Criminal

Additional Character Details

Name: Annie Harper

Age: 42

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Flexible, Gracious, Insecure, Religious, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Blunt, Desperate, Empathetic, Faithful, Uneducated

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available



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