An Irishwoman's Tale  -     By: Patti Lacy
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An Irishwoman's Tale

Monarch Books / 2008 / Paperback

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Mary Freeman has come a long way from the Irish family that didn't want the "little eejit." Now living in Midwest America, she's married with two teenage daughters---but still haunted by those early memories. What will it take to bring Mary face to face with her bitter past---and with God? 320 pages, softcover from Kregel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0825429870
ISBN-13: 9780825429873
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Far away from her Irish home, Mary Freeman begins to adapt to life in Midwest America, but family turmoil and her own haunting memories threaten to ruin her future. It takes a crisis in her daughter's life -- and the encouragement of Sally, a plucky Southern transplant -- to propel Mary back to the rocky cliffs of her home in County Clare, Ireland.

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  1. Laura Frantz
    Kentucky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A book of the heart
    November 26, 2010
    Laura Frantz
    Kentucky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    You can always tell a book that comes from an author's heart and this is one of those exceptional novels that does. Being of Irish ancestry, I was intrigued by this book from the beginning. Womens' fiction is somewhat new for me as I tend to read mostly historicals, but I'm so thrilled I found Patti Lacy! This hardly seems a debut book as it is embued with so many wonderful emotional and spiritual threads. The characters are realistic and heartfelt - the conflict beautifully resolved. I could go on and on. If you want a lasting blessing, reach for this book and then give a gift and pass it along to others. I am a now a huge fan!
  2. Myra Johnson
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A story that will linger
    October 7, 2010
    Myra Johnson
    Charlotte, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've always wanted to visit Ireland, and Patti Lacy's book only deepened that desire! Descriptions of rugged cliffs, pounding surf, and too many shades of green to name are the recurring backdrop to this deeply moving story of a woman's lifelong struggle to come to terms with her identity and find a lasting sense of self-worth. Cast out by the Irish family that didn't want her, sent across the ocean to live with relatives who are dysfunctional in their own way, Mary Freeman can't seem to find peace. Her emotionally gripping journey finally takes her back to Ireland to confront her past.

    Ms. Lacy handles difficult subjects with tenderness and grace, weaving spiritual truths into a heartrending story that will linger long after you close the book. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.
  3. Edna Tollison
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 2, 2010
    Edna Tollison
    Mary Freeman's memory has always haunted her, since she was sent away by her mother to an aunt in the United States. She was born in Ireland and knew that she was hit by her step father, so was her mother, but she could never understand why and she never knew who her father was. She was sent to any older couple that had no children and her new father loved her and she him but her new mother was not loveable. Mary started college but fell in with the wrong crowd and started drinking, drugs and everything else, so she dropped out of college.Mary grew up and married and had two girls of her own, but as the story takes place she is keeping her mother that has altimeizer's and one of the girls hate her because she is always being mean mouthed. This also got to Mary and she started hearing voices in her head and was told she need to go to a phsycologists, she just could not go until she found out some more things about her past. She had gone back to visit her real mother, before she had married, but was sent out again and she had only wanted to end her life but something held her back.Mary had a good friend Sally and she felt as though she had to tell someone her story beside her husband as she had told him everything. She started talking to Sally and almost the entire book was about her telling her story to someone else. It was a great book and kept my interest.This book was sent to me by Kregel Publication for review.
  4. Stephanie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 6, 2009
    Stephanie
    I love all things Irish, and Mary Freeman's story is no exception. At first, I thought I was going to get bogged down in it because most of the story is one long flashback, which writers are generally told not to do. However, Mary's story kept me turning the pages, anxious to know when she would go back to Ireland, what she would find there, and how it would affect the rest of her life. The relationship between Mary and Sally is great, and Patti gives us just enough of Sally's POV to make her a fascinating character. The other characters in Mary's life, American and Irish, make a wonderful cast. As for Mary's life itself, Patti does a wonderful job of letting us see a lot of harrowing events, but she draws Mary as such a strong woman, and gives readers just enough hope, that we don't feel as if we're getting a "downer" of a story. In fact, Mary's acceptance of faith was one of my favorite parts for just that reason. This is an epic story of a real woman, a real life, and a real God, and how He is faithful to us, even if that faithfulness is subtle. Superb work, Patti--I will read Sally's story ASAP!
  5. Sherilyn
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 14, 2009
    Sherilyn
    I highly recommend this book! The author makes the characters come alive in this story, and you will get carried away by their story. I love how God answered Mary's prayer for a best friend.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Patti Lacy
Located in: Normal, Illlinois
Submitted: June 24, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Before God called me to write, I taught school, coached tennis, stenographically reported depositions, and worked as a homemaker! Then a wonderful story was gifted me on the front porch of my home in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 2005, picked up my "pen," started writing, and have been busy every since.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Through Christ's own model of forgiveness, "Mary," the woman who inspired this story found a way to forgive two unloving mothers, one whom she nursed through the ravages of Alzheimer's for well over a decade. And it was only through God's help that the shattered pieces of her fragmented life were arranged by God into His perfect pattern.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  A fictional illustration of Romans 8:28, God working good in the lives of those who love Him, who call on His name.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Other than master's training, I'd never written. It was a giant step to trust God in this writing endeavor. Then God sent Mary and me to those rugged cliffs of County Clare, where divine meetings occurred nearly every kilometer of the way.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Lynn Austin, Maureen Lang, the great classical writers, such as C.S. Lewis and A.W. Tozer. I also enjoy literary fiction. A couple of inspiring recent releases include Melanie Dobson's The Black Cloister and Lisa Samson's Quaker Summer

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  You have your own unique story, just waiting to be captured on paper! I can't wait to read it.

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