In my heart of hearts I like cheerful stories with happy endings. This book definitely doesn’t fall into that category at all yet it haunts me with its beauty.
Perhaps the Story of Lucy Gault seems even more poignant to me because I also watched the movie Five minutes of Heaven starring Liam Neeson during the time I was reading this book. Both tales relate the torturous aftermath in individual lives on both sides resulting from incidents in Ireland sparked by group hatred of the rival group. Shattered lives never became what they should have been. Instead guilt ridden self recriminations cripple each person’s future with an overwhelming longing the past could have been different. Ultimately each story finds some measure of peace but you can’t help but wonder how differently all their lives would have been if not for a hate motivated moment in time.
I doubt I’ll forget either of these stories.