John Dennis Fitzgerald didn’t consider himself an author until he published his first book Papa Married a Mormon. Forty years of publishing hundreds of stories for magazines and penny dreadfuls, didn’t qualify him in his mind.
November 1955, all that changed. Prentice Hall Publishing released John’s western family saga. Within the year it became a publishing house bestseller.
The Papa book, is devoted the tender love story of John’s parents. His Papa, was an Irish Catholic man and Mamma, a young Danish Mormon woman.
Papa Married a Mormon is a beautiful book. The prose is perfect, the description compelling, and the plot line engaging. If you want to experience the old west family style, this book is the perfect read.
Mamma’s Boarding House begins where Papa Married a Mormon ended. The family has grown up. They are all busy now choosing careers, pursuing higher education, and getting married. New family members grace the pages of the book. While old familiar ones shepherd the story forward.
Fitzgerald’s love for Utah’s history is not lost in this book. Readers are privileged to enjoy the annual Pioneer Day celebration. Watch as outlaws from the territory meet their fate. The story closes tenderly allowing the reader to savor the memories of the Old West.
Book 3 – Series Complete
Uncle Will and the Fitzgerald Curse, was the third book in the series. Set in Pre-Civil War America, this unique story is the history of William Dennis Fitzgerald of Pennsylvania. Will is a bright but impatient youth whose enthusiasm drives him to seek in the West. Far from his strident Catholic upbringing.
Young, angry, and impetuous, Will sets off across America towards his dreams. Along the way he becomes the sophisticated saloon owner of the White Horse Saloon in Silverlode, Utah. Inwardly missing some of the true joys in life, Will finds through his brother, Tom and his family, a healing he had been searching for since his childhood.
Among the trilogy this book is a departure from the sweet and tender stories of the other two books. Yet, for Uncle Will fans this book is a treat.