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!
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.
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.
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!