About the book . . .The Irish Child is a heartwarming story of the unusual courage and unspoken love of an aging woman who has been left to rear a grandchild in a country plagued by relentless insecurity and hunger. Her incredible perseverance to weigh every decision and choose survival is as astonishing as her unmerciful disgust for the indolent and greedy. She chooses isolation and self-restraint, rejecting the criticism of all who wonder why she is anxious about the unexpected, and worse, continually stubborn and determined to have her way. They fail to understand that her self-discipline and resolve are her trappings for survival and necessary to overcome all threats to her beloved granddaughter’s future.The Irish Child, Brónach, [pronounced bro-nah] hated her sorrowful name and as a child, believed that subsistence was barely possible and indolence was the norm. But over time, the two stubborn relations not only survive but thrive.When finally, a beautiful life of unbelievable riches unfolds before their very eyes, they both mistakenly end up on a ship bound for Hamburg, Germany during World War I.