Novel Spanning 17 Centuries
story is fiction. But the history is real!
Alden knows his full family tree--a linage that stretches back 17
centuries--and he has the documents to prove it. Through DNA testing,
however, he discovers a connection with someone he did not know
existed--an entirely new branch of his family tree. And when his wife,
Indira, an adoptee who believed she was an only child, gets her DNA
tested, things get even more interesting.
Family Tree is a
complex novel of history, mystery, and fantasy--as we move between
past, present, and the mythical to bring the family line to life.
Through it all, the Alden family line is entangled with major
historical events from 400 AD onward.
The story begins on the European mainland, but moves quickly to Britain
as Saxons battle Romans. The family line moves through British history
until, fleeing religious persecution in Britain, the Alden ancestors
arrive in the New World on the Mayflower. During the American
Revolution, the line takes up residence in Canada and continues
the Family Tree.
The Alden family line has a genealogical past, much like the history
that many of our families have, with the exception that through it all
they pass on enchanted acorns that grow into magical Oak trees. Do the
humans plant and control the trees, or do the trees guide the family
history? Or is the entire narrative in the hands of the ancient gods?
These provocative questions drive forward the narrative about a
seemingly ordinary family.
If you have ever wondered about your ancestry, or just love a
first-rate story with engaging characters and situations, Family Tree is a must-read.
Tree is historical, mystical, dramatic, humorous and moving. And
it's all combined, from start to finish, in a manner
mythical beginnings, Family Tree
follows the stories of a family line that stretches back centuries
touching on themes of family connection, bigotry, sexual preferences,
health challenges, and love. It motivated me to ask myself the
question, 'Does my connection to mankind and the earth encompasses more
testing, we have been given a new tool to make
connections to those with
whom we share a past. Sometimes it seems like magic. Take some of
that magic, mix it with some serious genealogy, and you have a
novel of history, mystery,
fantasy and fun. Lima has a firm grip on the present, and has
research to bring the past to life. His present day characters are
people you will get to know, and like and will cheer for as
discover who they are in the grand scheme of life."
"Family Tree is a
completely fresh idea about something as old as time. I hope
somebody makes it a movie!"
love historical fiction, and Family Tree is now on my 'I love' list!"
might think a book that spans over a seventeen hundred years would
thread. But the structure of Family Tree keeps the book focused in the
present, while the past builds up to that present!"
story. Great characters, including the goddess
and the god."
Saxony: 300 AD
Chapter 1: Saxony: 400 AD
Chapter 2: San Francisco & Toronto: 2015
Chapter 3: Saxony: 400 AD
Chapter 4: Toronto & San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 5: Britain: 400 AD
Chapter 6: San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 7: Britain: 420 AD
Chapter 8: San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 9: Britain & Scotland: 600 AD
Chapter 10: San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 11: Britain: 1100
Chapter 12: San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 13: Britain & Plymouth: 1215
Chapter 14: San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 15: Plymouth: 1620
Chapter 16: San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 17: Plymouth, Boston & Halifax: 1674
Chapter 18: San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 19: Halifax & York: 1797
Chapter 20: San Francisco: 2015
Chapter 21: York/Toronto: 1831
Chapter 22: San Francisco: 2015 - 2016
Chapter 23: Toronto: 1890
Chapter 24: San Francisco & New York: 2016
Chapter 25: Toronto & Dresden: 1936
Chapter 26: Dresden: 2016
Chapter 27: Toronto: 1967
Chapter 28: San Francisco: 2016
Chapter 29: Dresden: 2023
Chapter 30: Valhalla
Chapter 31: Dresden: 2025
Appendix 1: Emancipation Day recognizes end of slavery in Canada
Appendix 2: Prime Minister apologizes for anti-Black racism experienced
by No. 2 Construction Battalion
About the Author
by Paul Lima