Niki Phillips has written a great novel following four generations during the twentieth century. With attention to detail she has brought all the characters to life. Whether it is about life in Ireland or war torn Europe (during both wars) her subject has been researched in depth.
Sad and horrifying in places but warm and humorous in others the story is uplifting, twisting and involving. A terrific read which I found impossible to put down until the end. Highly recommended.
The author has traced the fortunes and tragedies of two Irish families through the first half of the 20th century. The characters in the Butler and Flynn families are well developed, creating an empathy that takes the reader through the triumphs and setbacks of the family and the larger society over those tumultuous years. Her research demonstrates that some deus ex machina plot twists did indeed occur, demonstrating that truth is as at least as strange as fiction. An excellent read; I look forward to future efforts by this author.