Shackled to My Father’s Sins

by Sarah Martin Byrd

Genres: Fiction, History

ISBN: 9781649603081

322 pages

Price: $17.99

Can a person inherit the wickedness of an evil parent? Are we forever shackled to our father’s sins?
No one should know the answer to this better than nineteen-year-old Katherine Paddington. She finally sees an end to her own misery when her Uncle Ben is jailed for the murder of his brother.
But, lurking in the coal mine shadows is none other than Ben Paddington’s very own son, Benny Bauguess. After searching unsuccessfully for her son’s daddy for twenty years, Trudy sees the mugshot of her old boyfriend on a news broadcast. Only, Ben is in the state penitentiary in Wheeling, West Virginia, and Trudy has not seen him since Benny’s conception.
Benny and Trudy begin the six-hundred-mile journey from Folly Beach to Wheeling to confront the scoundrel who left Trudy to raise her son on her own. But what does Benny really want? His father’s love . . . or revenge on him and his wealthy family?
In this sequel to In the Coal Mine Shadows, Katherine knows she must start a new life after her Grandmother Mame and Grandfather Clint pass away, but will the coal mine shadows of her past control her future away from the hills of West Virginia?
Will Katherine succeed in making a new life for herself in North Carolina, away from the lies and deceit of her forefathers? Or, will the sins of yesteryear haunt her and her cousin Benny forever?


Sarah Martin Byrd is a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature. She is a published novelist, newspaper columnist, blogger, and former Advertising Manager for a regional newspaper. Sarah loves sharing her life story with children of all ages. She speaks at schools, book clubs, libraries, and book festivals. Sarah lives at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina with her husband of forty-five years. Her only daughter and grandchild are her best friends and live close by. When not creating new stories, she loves camping, canoeing, fishing, and her daily walks in nature.

Sarah’s first novel, Guardian Spirit, was originally published September 15, 2010. Since then, she has also written four other novels, The Color of My Heart, The River Keeper, In the Coal Mine Shadows, and this newly-released sequel Shackled to My Father’s Sins, as well as a children’s picture book titled The Manger Mouse, all published by Ambassador International in Greenville, South Carolina.