It will soon be clear to any reader of this book that the author loves Ireland and that writing this travel guide was a labor of that love. Just reading this hugely informative work makes one long to “go home” to the Emerald Isle, whether you have any Irish heritage or not! Indeed, Christy Nicholas tells us that Ireland is “her soul’s home”.
The book starts with a rundown of the history of Ireland, both mythical and historical. The beginning is a tad flowery and hard to get through if you’re not into that sort of thing (but that is a false start. It’s a wonderful book).
After that, we hear of her personal journeys, followed by the practical aspects of planning your trip.
Next, we got from town to town as she fills us in on the sights and attractions of each that are to be found off the beaten tourist path.
All this information is interspersed with her photos of the marvelous landscapes. There’s a small section on getting the best camera shots, too. The additional resources listed at the end of the book are worth the price alone.
Anyone even thinking about visiting Ireland should read this book before going and keep it with them while visiting to help plan each day’s journey. After reading this book, I feel I might need to “go home” to Ireland also.
I received a free digital copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.
This is not your traditional travel guide. In fact I had to ask myself multiple times throughout the first part of the book if I was reading a travel guide, a history book, or a personal memoir? This isn't necessarily a bad thing, just a bit confusing at first. This book is however a very enjoyable read packed with interesting stories and information on the history of Ireland. Useful information on traveling to Ireland and help with planning a trip does come later in the book.
A free copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.