This is the first book in a trilogy.
A fictional portrayal set in present day Ireland illustrates how circumstances rooted in Eire's history profoundly affect a young woman. She finds comfort in knowing she is not alone with her plight. The scars left by historical events still bleed are based in fact.
After a family bereavement, Kirsty discovers a hidden secret which leads her on a personal journey of discovery.
The revelations are contained in a letter together with a small legacy from her deceased aunt. This enables her to leave an abusive marriage before travelling to Ireland where she can confront the past.
With the help of friends both old and new, the pieces of her jigsaw prove to be complex. Such an outcome could never have been predicted. Having learned that County Kerry in Ireland is her ancestral home she connects with the dubious Mattie Devlin and a Carmelite nun. They both prove to be crucial in this search for identity.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a great story to read throughout the past week. I was given it to review and my goodness from the beginning to the end, I was hooked even though I have to be honest that it was kind of slow-paced. It follows the life of the endearing character Kirsty who found out from her deceased aunt that her parents that she grew up with all along weren't her actual parents. She was the illegitimate child of a young mother who was entrusted by her own parents to the care of the church due to her age and her unmarried status. Well, I have to tell you that I loved Kirsty's journey of getting back on her two feet from a divorce and how she came to be reconnected with her biological mother. If you are the type of reader who is into family sagas then this book is for you. If you are the reader who is into chick-literature, this book is definitely for you. And finally, if you are an admirer of Ireland and its people, then this book was written for you. Be forewarned that this book is kind of lengthy and so make space like a whole week to devote yourself to reading it from cover to cover. I come from a family like Kirsty's adoptive family and therefore I kind of related to the characters in this book. i also am Catholic myself so the elements of a nun, a priest, the ways of the church and its history really made me feel like this book and the family in it was my life story. Haha. The 4 stars is because everything was perfect accept that I am a devout Catholic and the negative issues about it in this book kind of saddened me. Anyway, have a great Memorial Day weekend and God bless.