My name is Mary Thorpe and I am the author of "That's Just How It Was." I believe my book will hold a great deal of interest for Irish emigrants and their descendants, wherever they may be.
“That’s Just How It Was is a moving family tale through which much can be gleaned about life during the push for Irish independence… This is a satisfying, emotionally involving read.”
-- Clarion Review
“Authors of family memoirs often overload their narratives with minutiae that puts nonfamily members to sleep. There are no such encumbrances in Mary Thorpe’s biography of her remarkable grandmother, Bridget O’Rourke. Thorpe…carefully blends Bridget’s story with the events of her day, some of the most pivotal events in Ireland’s history.”
-- Blueink Review