I loved Breda's objectively told life story from being raised on a farm within a very large family in the Ireland of yesteryear (no running water or electricity), to a fairly brief stint as a nun in religious life, to a long and successful career as a teacher in the New York City school system, to present day being a grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren. Among many other interesting and humorously told vignettes, she gives the listener a wonderful picture of her impressively strong mother who wouldn't stand for the local schoolmaster mistreating her son and had no qualms about telling the local priest she was moving her son to another school - which was unheard of in those days! She valued reading so much she made sure to carve out an hour a day to read non-fiction books from the local library - amidst working on the family farm - milking the cows, baking the bread and raising a family of 13 children. I also loved her sister Kathleen's talking about how close all of the siblings have been throughout their lives and who love nothing better than being together. Treat yourself to Breda's most enjoyable story!
Jan. 22, 2022 by Pat Macken on This Website