The Glaston Secret

The Glaston Secret is the first book in a series which will chart the exploits of three cousins, Matt, Luke and Annie, and Annie’s dog, Toby, as they learn the secret of Glastonbury Tor and embark on a series of time-travelling adventures.

Fifteen year old Matt Bergin is staying in Glastonbury for Christmas with his cousins, Luke and Annie Martin. Matt feels drawn to Glastonbury Tor, and St Michael’s Tower, which crowns its summit. The cousins learn the secret of Glaston Tor and find themselves propelled back in time to 1940s France and the Second World War.

They are given a mission by an enigmatic stranger, who asks them to help a young German couple and their son escape from wartime France. But the fearsome Gestapo are on their trail.

Matt and his cousins will discover that their destinies are intimately linked to this family, and to a mysterious young stranger who will stop at nothing to learn their secret.

The Glaston Secret Plot thickens …

Gradually a group assembles, including some RAF officers whose plane has been shot down, as they stay at an isolated farmhouse. There, they realize that the most obvious way to get out of the country is to go south to the Spanish border, by train, and then to Lisbon.

But it’s a very long and dangerous journey, and they would also have to cross the Pyrenees.

They make their way to Paris via train, and have various adventures including being interrogated by the Gestapo as suspicious characters.

With a compelling plot, captivating characters, suspense, excitement and ever-present danger, The Glaston Secret will take you on an incredible journey into the past, present, and future – and into the never-ending battle between good and evil . . .

This book is particularly meant for 11-14 year olds, but can also be read older young people, or by adults.


Commendations of the previous version of The Glaston Secret, (The Secret of Glaston Tor):

The Secret of Glaston Tor is a gripping yarn that has all the ingredients any adventurous reader could desire. Time travel, wartime adventure, interrogation by the secret police, a desperate attempt to escape from France against all the odds. And it’s all woven together with a golden thread of religious truth. Who could ask for more?

Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, Aquinas College, Nashville

The Secret of Glaston Tor is a moving story about the power of prayer, love, and goodness, that reaches God’s heart and inspires miracles. It takes us to the heart of the Christian mystery. It is a beautiful story about the pure wish of a child that touches the kind heart of a shopkeeper who makes her dream come true. Donal Foley’s book illuminates the nature of a true wish and gives a glimpse of why these wishes—the deepest desires of the heart—come true.

Dr Mitchell Kalpakgian, Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Wyoming Catholic College

A door opens up to another time and place, and three cousins suddenly find themselves thrust into a daring adventure none of them expected. Saving people in Nazi-occupied France is dangerous enough, but how will they get home?

“Parents and target audience members alike be assured: Donal Foley has written an exciting adventure for fans of time-travelling fiction and historical adventures. Ancient Marian shrines, plucky young heroes, priests and resistance members—and nefarious Nazis to boot. Read and enjoy!”

John McNichol, author, The Young Chesterton Chronicles, 1 & 2, and The King’s Gambit


Comments about The Secret of Glaston Tor:

“Compelling read … very good story … good plot … religion dealt with in right way … joy in reading it.” Fr. B.

“Gripping stuff for the age group it is directed at, with just the tight approach and tone … particularly liked the time/place atmosphere you managed to create.” L. M.

“It’s certainly very readable, and you have concocted a fascinating plot … The build-up of excitement towards the end was fantastic!” M. B.

“I very much enjoyed the novel … I can imagine children finding it very exciting indeed … a good balance of pace, conversation and explanations. I particularly liked the characterisations, and the natural way that you introduce ‘apologetics’.” S. D. L. B.








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