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Summer With the Leprechauns: A True Story by Tanis Helliwell

This book contains No Pictures, nor doodles, nor sketches of the Leprechaun nor any other elemental, only a few snapshots of the area she vacationed in.
The typeface is good
The writing style is relatively easy to comprehend.
A woman’s account of spending a summer in a cottage inhabited by a family of leprechauns. She spends a great deal of time interacting with the elder male Leprechaun and also has many experiences with a few other elementals too.
The book’s basic premise is that the leprechaun is studying her because the elementals want to become more like humans and want humans to become more like elementals.
This book had been reprinted 6 times from 1997 to 2006

This book is Ms. Helliwell’s account of spending a summer in a cottage in Ireland in the late 80’s. The cottage is inhabited by a leprechaun & his family. The leprechaun tells her many things and takes her on etheric journeys to meet other elementals too. The basic premise is that the leprechaun is studying her because the elementals want to become more like humans and want humans to become more like elementals. Apparently, the elementals think humans are creators because we have freewill.

I can’t figure what her idea of freewill is because the leprechaun ate or didn’t eat when he wanted, appeared or disappeared when he wanted, spoke or didn’t speak when he wanted, took liberties in personal manner when he wanted, expressed a full range of emotions just like any creature with freewill has and plus the leprechaun had a more efficient means of travel.
The only part that the elementals didn’t have a choice over was their careers or caste as she calls it. The elementals, according to the leprechaun, are born into a caste and can’t choose any other direction in life. Yet, he was given the rare opportunity to choose to change his caste to the study of humans. He also had to answer to authority figures and follow what they told him to do or not do.

According to Ms. Helliwell’s Leprechaun, Humans are creators and elementals are not. Elementals tend every aspect of our world, including human bodies. They make the fauna and flora grow, they make the flowers bloom and the berries ripen and everything. They control every aspect of the earth from sky to core.
Here’s the kicker, anything the elementals desire or want whether biological or physical they can create or manifest out of thin air…
The idea of humans as creators is a bit confusing because we humans cannot create anything biological nor physical out of thin air, so, who is closer to being a creator in the aspects of creating?

Ms. Helliwell stopped short of using the word God. Her overall mention of the supreme authority regarding all beings and all things could easily be translated as God. Because she refers to Jesus Christ a few times and reads her Bible, there is a basis to connect the dots.

Just a note here: If you’re writing a book on your experiences: Why would you claim to have spent over 10 years of seeing elemental beings and not once either try to get a photo, doodle out a picture, hire someone to draw a picture or find a picture/figurine that resembles the elementals, to publish in your book?

This book has alot of good things in it. I’m glad I own it and glad I read it. I recommend it, if you enjoy more modern takes on the fae or nature folk legends and lore.


Summer with the Leprechauns by Tanis Helliwell has been redone as an authorized edition

The new cover photo shows Ms. Helliwell standing in front of the actual cottage.

I have this book on my wish list and haven’t read it yet.
So, I’ll post the description from it’s listing at Amazon.com:
An astonishing true story about one woman’s journey to Ireland where she lived in a cottage with leprechauns. These seldom-seen beings taught her about the evolution of elementals—the race to which leprechauns, faeries, elves, trolls belong. They explained the importance of humans and elementals working together for the betterment of both of their races and the Earth. Far more than a faery tale, this book is a classic that has been published in eight languages. Now the author has re-edited her book so that the reader can hear the leprechaun’s voice in all his mischievous wisdom. You also learn about body elementals that keep you alive from lifetime to lifetime and about the beings in the center of the Earth who are helping our planet. And all this with a great sense of humor as Helliwell captures life in a remote Irish village with an insight into the people that is infectious.
Summer with the Leprechauns