8/12/13

Brigid of Ireland - Cindy Thomson

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
In 5th-century pagan-dominated Ireland, Brigid is born a slave to her own father and is separated from her mother. Desperately seeking love and acceptance, Brigid becomes a believer in Christ. Knowing how the Irish people cling to superstitions and fears, can Brigid overcome them? Will her hatred for her father and a scheming evil sorcerer destroy her faith? Set in the era of St. Patrick, this fantasy-filled novel will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God's will and the desire to save her family.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Cindy Thomson is a former kindergarten teacher and avid amateur historian, based in Ohio. Her strong Irish roots prompted her to undertake the research for this novel. This is her first novel; she is already working on a second.

"I'm a full-time writer dedicated to telling the legacy left to us by those went before.
I write historical fiction, genealogy-related articles, history articles, and short stories. I'm also a baseball fan. My favorite team is the Cincinnati Reds, but I have a soft spot for the Cubs who haven't won a World Series since my cousin pitched for them in 1908."

Visit Cindy at her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
This book was just OK for me. It was not the best but it was certainly not the worst. I normally love historical fiction, but I like more American based history and more like the 1600's - 1800's so this was different for me. I did enjoy it, it was interesting but like I said, not really my comfort zone.

"Brigid of Ireland" was a real person, check her out on wiki - HERE. The thing is, I didn't know she was a real person till I was finished and did some research. I previously did not know of any Irish history of any kind. There is nowhere in the book that tells of any research she did for the book or anything saying that it is based on historical facts. It took me a while to figure out that the "Patrick" she was talking about was "St. Patrick", if I known all this ahead of time I think it would have made a difference. She did give a list of characters and terms used, which I liked. Also a map would have been helpful.

Part of the problem, for me, was that this book felt more like fantasy than historical fiction. I don't know why. It just read like a Fantasy book. All the miracles she was performing didn't seem like miracles to me, they seemed magical. Now someone else could read this and get a totally different feel about it! It got pretty good reviews on Amazon.

The story moved right along, it wasn't slow or boring at all. It was also a quick easy read making it also a good teen read.
I didn't really care for the ending. It seemed more of a non-ending to me. There were a few loose ends. And what did end seemed abrupt and confusing.

I liked Brigid and her band of characters. The character development was pretty good.

So all-in-all this was a pretty good read, especially if you like Historical fiction, Ireland history, or Christian history. A very clean read - no swearing, no sex (duh!).

My mom gave me this book to read a while back, so this is one from my shelves.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

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