by Patricia Falvey
Like Emma Woodhouse or Scarlett O’Hara, Sheila McGee starts out as a character who’s hard to love.
It’s true, she’s had a rough life: abandoned by her father, neglected by her unstable mother, and trapped working long hours at the local mill while dreaming of a glamorous life in London or America… only to come home to fight off her uncle’s wandering hands. Is it any wonder Sheila can’t wait to shake the dust of Northern Ireland off her feet?
It’s World War II that provides the catalyst for change, as Sheila transforms from a girl who can’t wait to leave into a woman who finally realizes that home is where she’s been all along.