A Cross Estate

A Cross Estate

by William Thomas Kinsella
     
 

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Had he been heir to a throne, Jack Conroy could not have felt the weight of expectation more. He'd go to Wall Street as his father had. But two things in particular about college complicate the family plan. First, Jack discovers an affinity for landscape design. Second, he's discovered Veronica Cashmiris. Jack's parents assume Veronica is a college infatuation that

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Had he been heir to a throne, Jack Conroy could not have felt the weight of expectation more. He'd go to Wall Street as his father had. But two things in particular about college complicate the family plan. First, Jack discovers an affinity for landscape design. Second, he's discovered Veronica Cashmiris. Jack's parents assume Veronica is a college infatuation that will yield to a call to service now that their son's graduated. "It takes a lot of money to float the boat of our freedom," his father is fond of saying. Veronica is no passing fancy, though, and believes she knows a Jack his parents don't. Her Jack will do better in the small business environment of an expanding regional landscape company than on Wall Street. But the intuition of Veronica and inclination of Jack give way to the world-wise advice of Jack's parents. When Jack dies in the madness of 9/11, Veronica's torment is that she didn't do enough to stop him from going to Wall Street. His parents' torment? That they urged him to. It is not until Veronica gives birth to Jack's son that the pain of death yields to the joy of life and reconciliation and healing start.

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William Thomas Kinsella has written an amazing first novel. The strength of each character's voice keeps the reader turning the pages. It is a thoughtful and powerful highly recommended read.
—Lisa Haselton
Foreword Clarion
Because of a cross on the front cover and a couple of biblical quotes, some readers might mistake A Cross Estate as a religious book and be turned off to the novel. It is neither religious nor secular, falling somewhere in between as a bridge that connects an entertaining and inspirational story and an enlightening and spiritual moral. Kinsella has tapped a vein wherein flows the ichors that makes mankind god-like in their pursuit of triumph over pettiness, prejudice, and pointless unnecessary death. A Cross Estate is inspired by the cross that stands on Ground Zero and Kinsella's own experiences and observations from 9 worked in lower Manhattan.
—Lee Gooden
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Although there are places I felt the book didn't move forward fast enough, in a way this was in keeping with the character of Jack. He was a young man who wanted to savor every moment of life-to live and love with all his being. If you only purchase one book within the next year, I suggest that it be A Cross Estate. The characters whom the author brings to life so vividly will teach readers many lessons about life and love. Don't miss out on this "must read."
—Bettie Corbin Tucker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781424166886
Publisher:
Publish America
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Dennis Smith
In A CROSS ESTATE William Kinsella weaves a wonderfully heartfelt tale before the background of the World Trade Center tragedy. It is the story of how guilt gets internalized and how blame is unconsciously applied when someone dear is suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us. Thousand of people were affected by the horror of 9/11, and in every terrible demise there are stories of pain and separation, grief and closure. A CROSS ESTATE is one of these stories, and it conveys in an exciting, even poetical, way, how love alone is the great healer in the human dynamic. To me there is no better story than one of sadness, discovery, and love, and this is one to remember.

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