A former Bradley resident has released a second book of historical ficiton, keeping a promise to her mother.

For many years Sally (Petrie) MacLaughlin’s mother researched the history of Bradley. She left her research to McLaughlin with the desire that her daughter would one day use the material to write a novel.
In 2016, MacLaughlin published her first novel of historical fiction. She titled the book, which was dedicated to her mother, Elizabeth’s Journey. It is set in Bradley during the mid-1800’s.  At that time, Bangor was considered the lumbering capital of the world. The Penobscot River was lined with saw mills. Bradley profited from this industry and grew into a small town. The story is based on actual people who resided there and events that occurred during that period.
Recently, the author published a sequel titled, Despite the Turmoil.  The time period covers the Civil War. Maine sent the highest number of men to serve the Union in proportion to any other northern state. 134 Bradley residents served from a population of 844. The war greatly impacted the people in this small town in the wilds of Maine.

Both books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle version.


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