An advertising writer and an architect spend Christmas at St. David's, in Wales, looking for any of her distant relatives and comparing the public and household celebrations with those of her own Welsh-American family. The genre, like the path of their journey, is well worn, but the writing is lively and evocative and largely devoid of the syrupy sentimentalism too often poured over visits to the homeland. No index or bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Denise Perry Donavin
At her Welsh aunt's funeral, Jane Maas made a promise to herself (and her aunt) to fulfill the family dream and travel back to Wales, discover distant relations, and spend the next Christmas with them. The story is told alternately by Jane and her husband, Peter. He utters charming observations on his wife's mission and her devotion to everything Welsh, especially the myths and magic. It seems to be a perfect Yuletide vacation, filled with caroling, enchanting new acquaintances, memorable sightseeing, but no new cousins--until the final pages of the story, when wishes upon the spirit of St. Govan do come true.