Thirteen-year-old Bridget, orphaned in New York City of several decades ago, moves with her young brother to a Canal town on the Delaware. Here the young girl feels keenly the loneliness of living with a great aunt she has never seen and of adjusting to a new grammar school. Eager to compensate for her plainness and to prove her right to a new home, Bridget, at first, is overly competitive. She goes through adolescence with intensity, even contemplating taking the veil, but with the help of warm friends, a wise priest, and her own gifts, realizes that hers will be a worldly life based on human love and dedication to the written word. A story which takes its plot from the natural rhythm of growing-up, This Was Bridget reveals a character richly human and multi-dimensioned. Although Catholic readers will find this a particularly meaningful story, Bridget will win friends from non-Catholic groups as well.