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Brigid of Kildare: A Novel Paperback – February 9, 2010
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While I greatly enjoyed the book, I can see how people may feel that it is somewhat light fiction. The author somewhat skips across the surface of her characters and spends much more time developing the overall story rather than dwelling in certain places from time to time. However, the book is already 256 pages - a good number - and I can't think of anything that I'd cut to make room to flesh out the characters. As a history buff I enjoyed the "what if's" throughout as well as the historical references that the book offers to help the backstory.Read more ›
This is a charming novel, one that draws the reader into the 5th century and the conflicts that raged as the Irish were being drawn into Christendom. There is little doubt as to how the novel will end but the reader is left with much to think about. How different would our world be if certain voices were respected rather than silenced?
That said, this is one of the rare books I have read recently of which I can truthfully say, in time honored cliché: "I couldn't put it down" -- literally. It is a beautifully woven tale from three points of view: Brigid of Kildare, Decius, a Roman monk sent by the Vatican to report on the heresies of the Gaelic Church, and Alexandra Patterson, an antiquarian artifact appraiser and specialist.
The author, Heather Terrell has skilfully given each of these characters a distinctive voice in which to tell the story. The story itself moves seamlessly back and forth between the fifth century AD and the present day -- with a twelfth century epilog. This can be a hazardous device in any novel as the author will often leave the reader confused as to what exactly is going on. Heather Terrell does not make this mistake, and there is an interesting reason for it.
As a graduate of the Boston University School of law with ten years of litigation experience under her belt, Terrell builds her narative using the same skills that are required to present a convincing case to a jury. She gently introduces historical facts in a way that makes them almost transparent. In fact, when I started reading, I viewed the novel as pure fantasy fiction. About half way through I suddenly thought -- "but wait -- there's more", and I took Brigid of Kildare to Google where I discovered a wealth of information on this very real Irish Saint. A Saint, no less, second only to the universally known St. Patrick, the very patron Saint of Ireland.Read more ›
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This novel is a better book than The Map Thief or The Chrysalis. Those books seemed slick and superficial, distasteful to this reader. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mary loves Murder
This was a book club reading. Not one of the best books I have read. Choices are made as a group, but I also read other books.Published 22 months ago by Patricia A. Ralston
I generally liked this quick read of a historical mystery. Alex, a modern historian, gets an unusual assignment from an Irish convent to research some of their most ancient relics,... Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by The Strife of Love in a Dream
Great story though I am sure most of it is fiction. Would like to have had a summary of non-fiction factsPublished on April 22, 2013 by sr rock girl
In fifth-century Ireland, Brigid is Ireland's first and only female priest and bishop.
This storyteller weaves a good yarn. Read more
Sounds like an interesting read.... I'd heard about the book on another website and came to this page intending to buy it for my Kindle. Read morePublished on July 17, 2011 by Reader 7
Heather Terrell manages to create a story that bounces back and forth between ancient history and present day in a way that doesn't lose the reader. And what a story it is. Read morePublished on February 2, 2011 by L. Mountford
Wish you could travel to Ireland at a moments notice? Interested in history, religion and culture? Brigid of Kildare fulfills all of those needs with a beautiful style that will... Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Joshua Wilcox