The Doondah Veil

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Áine is worried that her gifted little brother will ruin her First Holy Communion with his non-stop flow of chatter. His obsession with a Makem and Clancy song could spoil things for everyone. She devises various plans to make sure he is not in the church on her special day. Tractors and magic play a crucial part. More
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About Avril O'Reilly

I have decided to create Auntie Books on Smashwords. They are very short books for aunties ...we can drop in and visit our nieces, nephews, kids of friends....whip out the smart phone and read an entire book while the attention span lasts. An Auntie Book should be no more than 1,000 words. I am delighted that Smashwords lets me make Auntie Books.

My full length book about the First Holy Communion has been translated into Spanish for the Latin American market. It is on Smashwords as "Kathleen y el Helicoptero de la Primera Comunión'. I am finishing up a book of short stories about communions too.

My next project will be all about a special family member who is sometimes overlooked. More details on that to come! I have started a series about life in an Irish village school on Smashwords. My book about the escapades of the Spoiled Little Madams is on the way too.

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The Doondah Veil
Here is an excerpt from The Doondah Veil where Aine tries a risky plan to save her Communion day.

The ending of The Doondah Veil
Will Olan ever stop talking. Aine is sure he will ruin her Holy Communion day with his endless chit chat. Aine's Uncle John offers to help but what can a farmer possibly do?

The Doondah Veil- Part One
Here is Part One of the Doondah Veil in which we learn how Olan's obsession with a Makem and Clancy song may endanger his sister Aine's First Holy Communion day.

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Reviews of The Doondah Veil by Avril O'Reilly

AMC2007 reviewed on Oct. 25, 2014
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I seem to be in the minority here, I was incredibly disappointed with the ending to this story. I will certainly NOT be reading this to my niece who I downloaded it for. This could have taken a great turn and taught a wonderful lesson, but it fell short.

I kept hoping for a lesson on respecting all of God's creatures, teaching Aine that no matter what disruptions he causes her brother is special and loved by God. And not just because he's "gifted" but because he's created in the likeness and image of God, as is she. I kept waiting for Aine to learn that her brother isn't simply a nuisance to be 'handled' or 'taken care of'.

That would've made a great Catholic story. Instead, this story just reinforced Aine's selfish behavior to the point that the entire family joined in.

The Eucharist, is the Body and Blood of Christ, that's what First Communion...EVERY communion is about, Jesus. The sacrifice He made and makes at every Mass. So, wouldn't it have been more prudent to teach Aine that sometimes we need to make sacrifices too, albeit, much, much smaller than His? But a sacrifice nonetheless.

I would much rather be reading a story like that to my niece than one about finding a way to get what you want, even if it's selfish. I'm very sorry, I hate to be so negative, and I hope the others are better. I really was hoping this would be good, and I'm holding out hope that the others will be.
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Joe Cortez reviewed on April 14, 2013

When I saw the illustration for The Doondah Veil, some of my Holy Communion memories came to my mind.

For the catholic people, this is one of the most important celebrations. Of course, being a child, you think about it as a very, very special day.

The short story is what Avril O'Reilly, the author, calls an "auntie story": something that has the proper length to be read over a quick visit to your nieces or nephews.

In the book, Aine is very excited about her special day: her Holy Communion. But when she discovers that his gifted little brother will be at the church with the rest of the family, things start to look… not so good.

If you have siblings, I bet sometimes you wished they were far away from you on a special event, even if you loved them a lot!

So I’m pretty sure you will enjoy reading about how Aine wants to avoid the presence of her little brother at the church. Avril O'Reilly uses a nice dose of humor to write about it and gives us an unexpected, but happy ending.

This is a nice story to share with your own kids, and of course with your nephews or nieces, since it is an "auntie story."
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Gerty So reviewed on Nov. 12, 2012

I loved your book. It was so good.... I have two other sisters and it seems that i could never talk freely. I enjoyed your book a lot.... Highly Recommended....
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