Dear James Author:Jon Hassler When St. Isidore's Elementary in Staggerford, Minnesota is closed, Miss Agatha McGee, who has taught there her whole life, is thrown back on her friends to sustain her. She finds her friends wanting. Fleeing unhappiness at home, Agatha sets off on a pilgrimage to Italy, unaware that her old soulmate and nemesis, Father James O'Hannon of ... more »County Kildare, Ireland, is waiting to meet her. There, in the golden light of Assisi, Agatha and James begin to rebuild their friendship . . . and their love.« less
In this engagingly unorthodox love story, Hassler once again demonstrates the fine, old fashioned gifts of solid storytelling, skillful character portrayal, and uinvarnished good writing that have won him a loyal following.
This is my first Jon Hassler book and it won't be my last. He's a wonderful writer who deserves more attention than he has received. The story is feel-good without being sappy, full of humor and human nature, believable. Handles adult subjects in a modern way without being objectionable. Don't pass it up!
This book was made into a wonderful TV movie starring Angela Landsbury. BUT the BOOK is much BETTER then the movie. Then end of Miss Agatha McGee lifelong teaching career at ST. Isidore's Elementary brings her to a new stage of life. Written with humor, the reality and sensitivity of growing older this is a must read book.