Monday, February 20, 2023


After attending Sunday Mass an unnamed young girl is driven by her father through the beautiful Irish countryside to the home of distant relatives she has never met. The girl’s mother is about to give birth to yet another baby and the girl is to be looked after by the Kinsellas. Upon arrival with barely a glance her father quickly departs and she bashfully faces these tall strangers. Helping Edna in the home while the man works outside becomes not a chore but a comforting routine where the girl receives gentle instructions and basks in this newfound attention. As the girl senses this affection her eyes open wide to the world around her. She slowly becomes comfortable and is surprised by emotions she has never experienced. The girl doesn’t know how long she will be staying with these lovely people but starts to think it would be okay if she never left.  As if someone is gently lulling you to sleep this novella is whispered in your ear. A small book with a big impact, words chosen so carefully it didn’t need one more page. This award winning Irish author is not to be missed. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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