Mary Thorpe Pays Tribute to Grandmother, Roots in New Book

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‘That’s Just How it Was’ chronicles life of author’s grandmother, calls to mind struggles of immigrant life

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Bridget Nolan was born on September 12, 1884 in Ireland. During her lifetime she battled poverty, found love and witnessed the births of several grandchildren, including Mary Thorpe. Thorpe pays tribute to her grandmother and immortalizes her grandmother’s lifetime in her new book, “That’s Just How it Was” (published by AuthorHouse).

Thorpe begins her book with an in-depth look at Ireland’s history during the time of her great grandparents’ birth. Citing numerous noteworthy events, Thorpe follows Ireland’s history until 1884, when her grandmother was born. She uses the past to frame her grandmother’s upbringing, emphasizing the difficult and almost hopeless landscape that many people were born into in Ireland in the late 1800s.

By retelling her grandmother’s triumphs against all odds, Thorpe hopes to inspire readers of all ages and walks of life, while helping them understand the difficult circumstances of 1800s Ireland.

An excerpt from “That’s Just How it Was”:

“Crossthwaithe Park had wrapped itself around her like a comforting blanket, like only wealth can do. Bridget did appreciate everything that her Master had taught her and she owed all her cooking skills and sense of knowledge, with regard to spices, herbs to the cook. All of this learning was to allow her to move forward in her new life, and she was going to need all of these skills to be able to draw on over the years.”

“That’s Just How it Was”
By Mary Thorpe
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 280 pages | ISBN 9781491889862
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 280 pages | ISBN 9781491889855
E-Book | ISBN 9781491889879
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mary Thorpe made the decision to return to education and undertook a course of study at Langley College Berkshire. Having then gained the relevant qualification to gain entry into university, she then applied for and was accepted onto a university course studying social sciences, which included social work and higher education.

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