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All Those Things Revealed

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  47 reviews
In 1822, Ireland’s ancient traditions are under attack, including the most controversial one of all, that of the Priest Woman, or Cailín an Tsagairt.

Constanza Delamar lives in a part of Ireland where ancient traditions are viewed with nostalgia, by people who are eager to move beyond them. A personal tragedy changes her life and she finds herself in a remote village where
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published December 8th 2017 by M. Maureen O'Callaghan
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Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Historical fiction has become one of my favorite genres. I loved the Irish history of this book however it was difficult to determine truth from fiction but that is a credit to authors writing. There are aspects of the story that sound true but don't appear in any history book I've read previously unless it is being presented by the author as it was carried down through oral history.
This book carries the weight of the strong religious traditions so prominent in Irish culture. I don't mean just
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

I was captivated from the beginning. I was not expecting everything to be factual so I had no problem with not being certain which parts were true and which not. I can remember as a child listening to relatives from Ireland. I grew up being afraid that I would hear the cry of a banshee. I knew who she was and what her cry meant. I heard other tales, too. I was constantly on the look out for fairy folk and knew that leprechauns were hiding whenev
Delia Jones
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this ebook in a Goodreads giveaway.

I enjoyed the book. The majority of it is written in the past, a story being told by a mother to her daughter. It reflected many of the views of the time in the early 1800s in Ireland. (Females roles in society, blame for sexual assault are a few examples.) There was a part about the Priest Women, who were the wives of priests that I found interesting. As someone fascinated by history, I tried to do a bit of searching about this, but to no avail. I don't
Emily Housworth
Feb 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Just received the ARC! Review to come.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received an ebook copy of this book for free through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads.

All Those Things Revealed is a fascinating look at Irish religious tradition, told through the scope of a woman whose personal struggles in many ways reflect those felt by her neighbors, and particularly the religious figures who try to uphold old beliefs deemed blasphemous by the greater Catholic population. It begins with Constanza, a fifteen-year-old young woman, in a happy and modestly prosperous family. He
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I liked reading this story as it was fairly engaging and an easy read, but it did have a few shortcomings. There were a couple of sections written as "info dumps"; a way to impart a lot of information by putting it in a letter, story, or other vehicle that requires no real interaction between characters. While it's not all bad, it is a somewhat lazy way to give the reader details you want them to know without having to work them into the story. I thi ...more
Karen Raper
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
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I received this book from the giveaway section and this is my honest review. For me the book started slowly and kept that pace. I usually enjoy books with historical backgrounds, but this story just felt drab and dreary. I could not connect with any of the characters in the story.

Jonathan Choi
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Erasure of faith and erasure of identity are two similar but completely separate phenomena. The former is often sudden, precipitated by some calamity or even a windfall of sorts. The latter is gradual, taking place over years, the weathering wind of time stripping down you down and remaking you in another's image. It's a transformation, an acculturation to the dominant norms, beliefs, and ideas that seems benign at first. In this book, the realization of this struggle to retain culture and conse ...more
Jeff Underwood
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it

I enjoyed this book. I liked its flow. I learned from it too. I didn't realize a banshee was female. And even though the author didn't edit well and waaaay overused commas and repeated words continuously, there was a hypnotic rhythm to that too. The beginning was a bit befudling but the plot of a family history well told and surprise ancestry tying the knot at the end was worth any other flaws. The Irish religious traditions, though sadly restrictive and tediously complex, were very inter
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received this book through the #GoodreadsGiveaway.
I remember, when I was a young child, my aunt, who immigrated from Ireland, saying the Catholic church in Ireland was different than what she found here in America. After reading "All Those Things Revealed" now I understand. This was a part of my heritage I had no idea existed. Some things are never "Revealed", because you were too young at the time, and now the person who raised your curiosity is gone from this earth.
I enjoyed the historical
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on a Goodreads Giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Loved this historical novel set in Ireland. O'Callaghan wrote in a way that made me feel like I was listening to a grandma tell her family history. She looked at how the Catholic Religion was seen during this time and the Ceile De. It's a book that will get you thinking of your own families past as well. This is one of many qoutes I found in the book that I found profound:. 'All of the truths that we possess belong to us. They are
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I often receive ARCs, and many of them are unfortunately terrible, but thankfully that was not the case with this one.
This is a story that takes places in Ireland in the early 19th century, and told through the eyes of a 15-16 year old girl. The author does a pretty good job of taking us to that era, not only in her descriptions of the places and the people, but also the traditions, and customs. I would like to say more but I fear I may spoil the book if I do so, but I did enjoy it, and would re
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an e-book copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

I am sad to say my experience with this book was rather disappointing. I waited throughout the entire book for that moment when I would finally connect - find the rhythm, flow of the story, connect with a character, develop a sense of where the story was headed - but this never happened.

I am a huge fan of Historical Fiction and have found stories of Ireland's history very interesting lately. I understand not every story, author
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Is there more?

I would like to thank Goodreads for this free copy.
The story was enjoyable but there seems to be a lot missing. The first few chapters are unclear as to what is happening and who is talking. Then I let it go and followed the details which created a good story. At chapter 7 I got lost again for a bit. The tale had an interesting story line. However, it just ends and I’m very confused as to the point I was supposed to get in the last few pages. I think this could be a good book but i
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well-told tale

of lives in Ireland over two generations over the turn of the 19th century. Note: Received in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I’m curious how the book came to be (diaries and oral traditions of ancestors of the author? library researches? &c&c...) I agree with other reviewers that the many misspellings and grammatical errors cause reading hiccups that could have simply been avoided by having someone else, a good copy editor, go over the book with a fi
Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
M. Maureen O'Callaghan weaves a story like only an Irishman - or woman! - can do. She takes the reader back in time to a time just before the Great Famine, to a time when Ireland herself was fighting to keep her heritage. This story is told from the viewpoint of Constanza, as she tells her daughter and her daughter's intended the story of both their ancestors and how the families are weaved together.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Family secrets and Irish traditions combine to tell a wonderful story of love and betrayal in Ireland of the 1800's. As two young people contemplate marriage, they are told of family connections they had no reason to suspect.

The story is well constructed with characters that come alive and an insight to the history of Ireland and the Church of Rome.

You will want a few tissues handy.
Ginger Pollard
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it

This was a Good reads win for me. It starts out very slow, which is why I think it has so many bad reviews. As the story moves along it definitely gets better. It turned out to be a good story about Ireland. The ending is quick, but I think that a drawn out ending would have been too long for this story. An enjoyable book.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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There is a lot of information about Catholicism in Ireland, and the traditions of Celtic priests marrying. The story is told by a main character to her daughter and the daughter's intended, but I did find that it became a bit confusing for me at times.
I received this book from Goodreads for an honest review, and do appreciate the opportunity.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Irish historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, no question. Although I think the flow of the story could have been improved with more editing, I really felt for the main character. I appreciated that her struggle and that of the town mimicked each other. Overall, it was a win for me but didn't feel as finished as it could have.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. I wasn’t sure what to expect because the cover was rather plain. But I was wonderfully surprised by the story. I don’t know much about Irish history and don’t know how accurate it is, but I loved the characters. It has some tragic moments that captured my heart.
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Great story

What a great story, I enjoyed it very much. A rather quick read chock full of interesting and little known Irish history. I recommend this book to anyone interested in family, love, Irish history and folklore.
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful storytelling

I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. I found it a wonderful story. When I had to put it down for other things, I found myself thinking back to what I had read and counting the minutes until I could pick it back up and read some more. Enjoy!
Kelly Knapp
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young adults and adults
Recommended to Kelly by: Won as part of the Goodreads firstreads giveaways

This book captured my attention and never let go. It is a story within a story describing some of the legends and history of ireland, specifically the ceile de, Irish priests and their illegal wives.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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I liked the story, but I didn't like all the history that was thrown in there. I mean, I love history. I really do and I'm fascinated with history. This story would have been fine without quite so much of it in detail. It all came together in the end though.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Goodreads, Kindle and Ms o'Callaghan for a story that looks to my heritage. Call me nostalgic. Thanks for a great little read dealing with all kinds of issues that make you think abouyt how far we have come. Tnanks
Barbara Ranous
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to review this book ... I appreciate it.

This is a well-written fictional story with some very interesting history blended in about Ireland. For me, it was a delightful reading experience.
Barb Wild
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction and this being set in Ireland with a female lead to make changes is a positive. N having traditions is a wonderful thing. Sometimes you have to work with what is given you in life to make chane happen.
Kate Caldwell
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you Goodreads for a copy of this. Ugh I really wanted to like this but it’s just not great writing and there were a few things that felt very off for historical fiction. I think it should be billed as YA. Cool idea but not the best execution.
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