This is such a well-written book with wonderful, fully-dimensional characterizations. Miss Agatha Mcgee is so familiar, I felt I actually knew her and I found myself so entirely invested in her trip to Ireland, hoping for love, at 68 years old. There is both a dignity and delight in this rich book. I have read that others compare this book (series) to Jan Karon's Mitford series -- in my opinion, it is at a much higher level and far more compelling than Karon's books.
This book introduced me to the wonderful Agatha McGee. Hassler includes her in several other novels, but this is the best. McGee is an elderly woman who feels that life has passed her by. She begins a correspondence with a man in Ireland and things take a different turn. Not a romance per say, but a very good book.
This was the first Jon Hassler book I read but it wont' be the last. It was wonderful.
My introduction to Jon Hassler's writing; recommended by a librarian friend before going to Ireland. It made the trip that much more enjoyable and gave me a deeper love for the country. I since have read other books by him and recommend STAGGERFORD, GRAND OPENING and GOOD PEOPLE. My favorite Mn writer next to F.Scott Fitzgerald.
This was my first Hassler book and I immediately fell in love with his characters and his writing. Agatha McGee is not your average spinster. She is looked upon as rigid and unbending, but to those who really know her she has a heart of gold. In A Green Journey she becomes disheartened with the modernization of the Catholic Church and begins a correspondence with another disgruntled Catholic in Ireland. What happens next is just amazing! I've since read three more of Hassler's books with Agatha as the protagonist. You are going to love her!
I read this book out of order by reading Dear James first. That did not remove the enjoyment of the book. I found myself laughing out loud over the mishap of a priest and a bishop going to the hospital after eating mushrooms. A great old fashioned read as Jon Hassler always delivers.