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Bookish appraiser Alexandra Patterson uncovers the secret history of a renegade saint in Terrell's subdued third novel (after The Map Thief). In need of funds to spread their saint's message, the Sisters of St. Brigid decide to sell off a clutch of gold and jeweled relics. In her assessment of their value, Alexandra discovers an ancient manuscript that just might be the lost Book of Kildare, an illuminated manuscript that surpasses in beauty the Book of Kells. She confers with Trinity College professor and old flame Declan Lamb, who backs her hunch. As these contemporary amateur sleuths uncover the manuscript's mysterious origins, Terrell traces in a second plot line the life of Brigid and her faithful scribe, Decius. Despite a promising premise, Terrell's matter-of-fact storytelling and dry weaving of past and present leaves little mystery or magic for readers to pursue. (Mar.)
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"Brimming with historical detail, Brigid of Kildare is authentically told with a fascinating premise. Through interwoven and parallel stories, Heather Terrell imagines the discovery of one of history's lost Celtic treasures in an immediate and highly enjoyable fashion."—Susan Fraser King, author of Lady Macbeth

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345505123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345505125
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heather Terrell is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. While practicing as a lawyer, Heather dreamed of a fantastical job unraveling the larger mysteries of time and uncovering the truths lurking in legend and myth -- and found it when she tried her hand at writing. She first wrote the historical novels The Chrysalis and The Map Thief, which will appear in more than ten countries, as well as Brigid of Kildare. She made the transition to young adult fiction with the series Fallen Angel -- and continues it now with The Books of Eva.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 23, 2010
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Heather Terrel's "Brigid Of Kildare" is a warm book about friendship, discovery, and religion all wrapped around the historical setting of the distant past. The author follows the life of Saint Brigid, the possibly apocryphal Saint of Kildare, Ireland, and her attempts to not only win the souls of the pagan Irish for God, but also keep an independent Ireland from the clutches of the Roman Catholic Church while also looking to endear the church to the particularly Irish brand of Catholicism. In the present, we follow Alexandra Patterson as she works with the Sisters of St. Brigid to appraise relics that they would like to auction to raise funds for the convent. Along the way, Alexandra discovers the hidden 6th century Book of Kildare, a priceless illuminated manuscript pre-dating the Book of Kells, and two other scrolls of period written by a scribe named Decius. As the plot continue, we learn more about the lives of Brigid & Decius and their growing bond as well as Alexandra's efforts to date the manuscript and scrolls without violating either the Sister's trust in her or her belief system.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CelticWomanFanPiano VINE VOICE on February 21, 2010
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Wow! This book is why I rejoice in the fact that I'm an Amazon Vine member. A true treat to the reader this book is seamlessly told through the eyes of three different people. It opens with a letter from the Roman spy/scribe, Decius, and then leads us back in time to the early childhood of Saint Brigid (or should I say Bishop?) of Ireland. We are then effortlessly on the part of the author, brought to the present day through the narrative of Alex, an accomplished appraiser of antique relics. While at first I was a little hesitant to read a book that places much emphasis on the banned gospels that have received much attention since the publication of the blatantly inaccurate, even for historical fiction, Da Vinci Code; I discovered to my pleasantness that the author doesn't go to the length of discrediting the original Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John but rather instead embarks upon a story of the origination of the First image venerating the Virgin Mary. And it is all done in such an intriguing manner. The story opens like a mystery novel and never fails to keep the reader's interest. The author comes across as intimately knowledgeable of detailed history concerning, Rome, Ireland, and early Christianity. And she manages to imbue her novel with rich historical details in a manner that is entertaining, easily understood, and grasped by the reader. I couldn't put this book down and read it in one sitting. Even though, this makes the second novel about Brigid of Ireland that I have read. This one is by far the best. And it instills one with an appreciation for the strength and bravery of Celtic Women and how that model of womanhood can be inspiring today. I consider this book a must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on February 1, 2010
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Brigid was one of the pantheon of Irish god and goddesses the Christians wanted to drive from the hearts and minds of the Irish people. It was ironic then that a girl named after this pagan goddess would be selected by none other than St Patrick himself to lead the Irish people into Christianity. This Brigid would become a leader in the growing Christian community, and her activities would come to the notice of the Vatican. In order to investigate rumors of heresies being spread in Ireland a young scribe was dispatched to observe and report on Brigid's activities. An account of those activities has been hidden away not resurfacing until the present day, drawing another woman into the story. The three plot lines entwine through the novel, much like the intricate borders on the ancient illuminated manuscripts that feature so prominently in this story.

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?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David H. Birley VINE VOICE on March 4, 2010
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First a cautionary note. This novel, while not primarily a "faith promoting" story, will probably have greater appeal to people who are inclined towards religious belief than it will to those not so inclined.

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.
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