Phyllis Karsnia is the author of A Bit of Irish Gold, a fictionalized biography of an Irish immigrant based on family history. She writes about her extraordinary “research” trips to Ireland in Journeys. Regardless of what wonders she’s seen, she appreciates returning to her home on Rainy Lake, the historic water highway of the French voyageurs in northern Minnesota.
On the trip, Matt meets a beautiful young woman named Annie Rice. They share a brief but unforgettable kiss, and as Marr starts his journey to America, he is unable to forget her. Once he arrives in New York City, he begins a correspondence with Annie; as he works his way from Pennsylvania to Ohio and, finally, to Minnesota, their love blossoms through the written word.
From an iron ore mine in Tower, Minnesota, Matt joins a gold rush to Rainy Lake City and eventually buys a parcel of land outside the small village of Koochiching, Minnesota. Finally with the new home to call his own, he returns to Ireland hoping Annie will marry him. But is she already married? Will she move to America against her mothers wishes?
Based on atrue story and filled with vivid historical details, A Bit of Irish Gold beautifully captures the immigrant experience.