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Evangeline book signing tomorrow
RUMFORD- Richard Mullins of Dixfield will be at Bartash tomorrow at 11 a.m. to sign copies of his novel, Evangeline. Mullins, who was born in Canada decided to write the book while he was doing some research of his wife’s Acadian ancestry.
In 1755, Charles Lawrence became the acting British governor of Nova Scotia and jolted the peace of more than 7,000 Acadian residents of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by ordering their deportation.
As the secretive plans for the deportation come into play, one immediately recognizes that Lawrence’s idea is not very well thought out, resulting in a massive chaos that leaves many of the French families and friends separated as they are shipped along the eastern coast to the American colonies.
To some, the Acadian Tragedy has been dubbed Canada’s greatest piece of history, and after reading this novel, I would have to agree.
The book is fascinating in historical value and while the tragic events unfold before your eyes, a love story like no other captures your heart. Evangeline and Gabriel are sure to live in your minds forever.
As Evangeline is getting ready to board the ship that is to carry her away to her unknown destination, she is unsure of which ship carries her true love, and to make matters even more terrifying, her father suffers a heart attack while boarding.
Mullins takes your mind back 260 years, puts you in the middle of a love story, but the facts and terrifying images of what was taking place back then is sure to keep you attention.
In fact, Madawaska High School up in The County will begin using Evangeline in their classrooms this fall. With several bi-lingual students and families, the school is the first of many that are in talks to bring this novel to their curriculum.
“I was thrilled,” stated Mullins. “I always thought that my book might reach this kind of status after I died, but never thought it would be so popular so quickly.”
In September, Mullins will travel to Manchester, NH where he has been asked to speak to the American/Canadian Genealogy Society.
To learn more about Richard Mullins or to find a copy of his novel, Evangeline, visit Bartash in Rumford tomorrow for your signed copy.