Dobyns Chronicles by Shirley McLain


This book is fascinating, it tells the life of Charley Dobyn, and what a life. If you think we have it hard now, you should read this book about what life was really like in Texas in the 1800/1900.

Before reading it, I would have just have thought cowboys and Indians, not really considering how they interacted when they weren’t riding around on horses shooting each other with bullets and bows and arrows.

This book is a real eye opener.

To say that in those days children had to grow up quick is an understatement, and reading this book was humbling. You think we work hard these days, think again! These children had to cope with conditions unheard of now, and take on responsibilities which would not even be an option in this day and age. If they were lucky, with their parents by their side, if not, well their parents taught them well. As adults they shouldered their responsibility without a second though and family was everything.

The life of Charley Dobyn and his family is amazing, and I can understand why this author wrote this book, and the pride she must have felt when it was published. To think she actually met her Great, Great, Grandfather and heard the stories of his life first hand, what a privilege!

It was so interesting to read about how changes in the world, inventions, and events affected people who had no idea they were even going on.

The author gave me a copy of this book for an honest review and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to read it. Well done Shirley McLain for writing such an interesting and informative book.


About the Author: Shirley McLain is a retired RN, wife, mother, and grandmother of six, currently living in Sapulpa,Oklahoma where she is enjoying her retirement to the fullest. She was born in California but lived her growing years in Oklahoma. She done extensive travel within the United States and learned to appreciate each state for its own beauty. Her dream trip is to see Spain and Italy at a slow pace.

Shirley has published a young adult mystery called “The Tower”, a book of short stories called, “Shirley’s Short’s and Flashes and a Christian poetry book called, “Verses For My King.” She has published her historical fiction, “Dobyns Chronicles.” She is now working on a young adult fantasy called Princess Adele’s Dragon. Shirley’s love of travel, adventure and writing has created works that will hold your attention, and leave you wanting more.

About the Book:

Here is a Treat for HISTORICAL FICTION fans as well as those who are fascinated by late 19th century and early 20th century historical events in both Texas and OKLAHOMA.  This Historical novel is loosely based on a true life story of a brave Oklahoman from the mid 1880’s to 1955.  This dramatic story also showcases the struggles and intermarriage of an American cowboy and an American Indian.

Dobyns Chronicles is a captivating celebration of the life of Charlie Dobyns. His life began in northeast Texas near Bonham, on the Red River. His Cherokee mother and cowboy father strove to survive on their river valley ranch. Tragedy ended this way of life for Charlie in 1888. Follow him through Chickasaw Territory and on to McAlester in eastern Oklahoma. This is a story of a changing way of life and adaptations made to survive. Charlie’s strong passion for life and dignity equipped him for survival as he raised his siblings with, likeability and dignity. It’s a story of loss, misfortune, hard times and heartbreak, but also love, determination, kindness, joy and spirituality. Follow Charlie’s life through the adventures that shaped the man he became, and that of his family for generations.

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