From Deirdre Fitzgibbon

I found the book an enjoyable and interesting read. From Fr. Michael’s letters it was easy to imagine what life was like living in remote areas in New Zealand and Australia.

His letters give a vivid account of the difficulties he encountered emotionally and physically in carrying out his pastoral duties. The blatant discrimination against secular priests and the unwillingness of the hierarchy to address or acknowledge their concerns gave rise to discontent and anger.

The obvious political and patriotic views of Fr. Michael and other Irish priests for an independent Ireland leapt off the pages.

Although Michael was well thought of and respected within and outside his pastoral care, his own discontent and personal struggles brew beneath the surface.

An enjoyable read, a mystery story that kept me rooting for Michael and engaged to the final page.

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