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Posted May 5, 2000
Although there may be a 10 year difference in the time factor and the setting changes from a city to the country, the rest was so close to my personal experiences of my own childhood. Consumption, or TB, was still very much present and was a great threat to life. The difference, here, was my siblings were the ones directly affected. One sister died and another was in the infectious part of a home or sanatorium for approximately a year and a half. But as the book details, where there's sadness, there is also joy. That is and was very evident in both the author's and my own case. Mine like the author's was, essentially, a very vivid and for the most part happy childhood. I found myself savoring the book. I didn't want to read it like I normally do - at the speed of lightening. I accidently discovered Elaine Crowley on a browse session in Scotland. The first book read was ' A Man made to Measure', which I also highly recommend. The next exposure was in a bookstore sale in my area. This time the book was titled Kilgoran. It has a different title in Europe. To get to the point, I initially bought the first book for a female, but now I am, personally a great fan of Elaine's. I really enjoy everything she has written, without exception. This book does serve as a window into the early part of her life. I continually feel as if she is talking to me directly and I find myself being easily drawn into the book as one of the characters Do yourself a favor and read one of her books. If you have an Irish or part Irish background I guarantee that you will enjoy her writing style and the contents of the books also.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.