REVIEW: ONE HUNDRED NAMES, BY CECELIA AHERN

18505788When Kitty Logan, a journalist, makes a huge mistake in a TV story, the repercussions are numerous. In fact, they are creating ongoing havoc in her life, beginning with a huge lawsuit, the loss of her position on the TV show, and possibly the loss of her job at the magazine Etcetera, created by her mentor Constance.

To add to the pain, her mentor Constance dies. But beforehand, she points Kitty in the direction of a story she wishes she had told. She refers her to a list of names in her files, but has no other instructions for her. Before Kitty can come back with the list for more information, Constance is gone.

One Hundred Names: A Novel is a story about the truths that lie in the stories behind a random set of ordinary people, each of whom has something extraordinary to share. By putting together the story, Kitty hopes to reclaim her career and redeem herself.

Where does Kitty’s journey lead her? What life lessons does she glean from the stories of others? And how does her persistence lead to a magical outpouring of love and comfort from her story subjects that will also encompass her with the same feelings?

Set in Ireland, taking the reader from Dublin to Cork, the story carried me along, intrigued by Kitty’s process of reclaiming her life. Recommended for those who are fans of the author, and for others who love a feel-good story about the magical moments available in everyday life. 4.5 stars.

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