Bravo to first time author, Patti Lacy! The story, the characters, the plot all gel to make An Irishwoman's Tale a book worth reading. Based on a true story, Patti has woven the elements of fact and fiction to take the reader through the life of Mary, a poor Irish girl whose life is a series of rejection and poor choices. But it is also a story of an unlikely friendship, of unselfish forgiveness, and God's amazing redemption. In this fast-paced world where reading is a luxury few can afford, this book, filled with deeply drawn characters, is definitely worth your time.
My Mom has always said that every family is weird in its own way. The older I get the more I know she is right. Each of us are built of day to day experiences, family influences, hereditary quirks, with bits and pieces of our own individuality mixed into the soup. Often life is served with a side dish filled with hidden calories that represent addictions, family secrets, pain and suffering that our families try to hide from us as children.As Mary Freeman watches her oldest daughter begin to tempted into some very real addiction, she begins to feel pulled and evaluate her life. It is a journey she doesn't want to walk and one she has never shared with anyone because of the pain she has shoved so deeply into her heart. But like so many moms, she would walk through fire for her child. Her journey carries her to the cliffs of Ireland and through a painful path of discovering her past and the truth behind why she was sent away as a small child. Why her mother rejected her. Why she was raised in an emotionless home. Discovering the whys of her past were painful, but hold the key to the future and the freedom for not only herself, but her family.I began reading this book, but then I became immersed in it. Grab a cup of coffee, find a quiet chair and let this book move your heart and soul.
Patti has taken women's fiction to an amazing place. This story takes us across an ocean, to a place that is painful to go, but a relief to reach. It brings us to a friendship sown of heartache and reaped in shared tears. I hurt for Mary as she would inch closer to opening up to her new friend Sally and then ached as she would share her past and open raw wounds. Patti has a unique tale to tell and a beautiful style with which to tell it. If you like women's fiction then this book is a much have for your personal library. She will transport you to places you wish you were (like Ireland) and take you back to places you wish you had never been (like being an unwanted, unloved child) and when you are done, you will take a deep breath and wish you had Sally's story to pick up and start reading so you wouldn't have to say good-bye to the characters you have just gotten to know.
The story is about one woman's search for who she is. She has kept people at arm's length her entire life, until Sally, a plucky Southern transplant, invades her life. Mary tries to resist, but finds herself sharing her story with Sally.Mary grew up in Ireland in the 1950s before being sent to the United States against her will. Her story is pulled out of her piece by piece by Sally. And it's a story that twists and turns through the grit of life. A past that isn't perfect. A past filled with pain. A past Mary can't escape.While classified as general fiction on the cover, I think it falls firmly in women's fiction. While that's not a genre I naturally gravitate towards Patti's characters and writings kept me reading. In the depths of the story I wondered how healing and forgiveness could come. And when it looked like it had arrived, the book took another turn. It was a page-turner in a women's fiction kind of way.Most of all, it's a story of redeeming love -- and that's a feature that's often missing in books.