I also had Irish ancestors who came to Canada (and French ones, also), so that made the story all the more meaningful to me. It gives great insight into what immigrants went through once they came here. It was not easy! Those that survived had to have come from strong stock and Daniel O’Connor was tough. I feel luckier after reading this book, knowing what they went through, in order for us to have what we have today.The Paradise Tree is available internationally from Amazon.
Perhaps because this is based on a true story of her ancestors, but I felt a lot of emotion reading Daniel’s story. The author has a knack of bringing out these feelings in the characters and in the reader. The people in the story felt so real to me and almost like they could have also been my ancestors. She brought them to living and breathing life on the pages and I laughed and cried along with them. On top of that, the historical details add so much to the story and it appears that a lot of research went into the book. I found it completely fascinating from beginning to end.
If I wasn’t a fan of Elena Maria Vidal before(I was), I definitely am now. She knows how to evoke strong feelings from the readers of her books. She makes them feel and think and live other lives through the people she writes about. When I keep thinking about a book after I’ve finished it, that’s a win. (Read more.)
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