The author weaves an amazing and emotionally engaging tale about a woman's quest to know her "people" from Ireland; to know her blood kin. She never really felt wanted, at least not since she was shipped to America and planted in another family with no explanation as to why she was sent away. I found her internal conflict to be totally believable, and the retelling of her life showed a slow progression of her developing faith that probably follows what most people experience who find Christ in their adult yers. I was so drawn into the story and Mary's quest for answers that I kept picking this book up and when I wasn't able to read it I found myself thinking about the story. Well done. "An Irishwoman's Tale" was a truly beautiful read for many reasons. I love it when I feel so drawn into a story that I am transported in my mind to a different place. I felt like I was Mary in the book as she relived the memories from her early years through adulthood. I especially loved when she got to the part where she was a wild child in college. What a great portrayal of that era and the lifestyle that went with it. It included very realistic dialogue and situations with men, etc. I loved the honesty in this story. I loved how Mary slowly began to allow people to get close enough for her to love them back. I loved how her early days as a new mother were portrayed. Very gripping and real. Wonderful stuff! I can't say enough good things about this book. At first I wasn't sure if I liked the set up of the story being told to another person, but it all wove together so well that I wouldn't change a thing. Fantastic debut novel!
Disturbing! Heart-wrenching! Fabulous and outstanding!An Irishwomans Tale is not for the faint of heart, or for those who want a quick, fun read. This book is daunting, yet captivating. It is soul-searching, heart breaking, but healing. Lacys characters are alive with emotions pain, joy, confusion. Mary, the protagonist, will capture your heart as you take every agonizing step with her to her homeland of Ireland and her glory when she is accepted and loved by her lost Irish family and Christ.An Irishwomans Tale is a multi-generation saga of betrayal, hurt, pain and restitution. Walk with Mary along the craggy Irish sea coast, hug her long lost grandmother and Aunt Jo as she finds peace. Soak in the beauty of Marys Ireland, then return with her to Midwest America and, hopefully, peace for her soul.Lacys story is woven intricately and delicately with passion and sensitivity. Although it sometimes seems complicated, it is so rich in detail that the reader is captivated by its eloquence. When your heart starts to ache you may want to put this book down for a respite. But, you wont, because Marys tale has captured your heart.A must, a marvelous read. Cry, laugh and enjoy.
A debut novel?? Impossible! Patti Lacys An Irishwomans Tale is an achingly haunting and poignant novel that far exceeds the bounds of a debut novel. Mary Freeman has a great lifea devoted husband, two bright daughters, a successful business and ministry to the homeless, and a best friend who makes her laugh. Everything she needs for a happy and fulfilling life except the peace to enjoy it.From emotional abandonment by her Irish mother at the age of five to searing emotional rejection from an adoptive mother wrestling with her own demons, Marys life has been ravaged by paina pain that her close friend, Sally, unwittingly taps into, unleashing a floodtide of memories too deep to see but never forgotten.Befitting a seasoned storyteller, debut novelist Patty Lacy takes the reader on an unforgettable journey into one womans tortured past where, through the healing grace of God, she discovers the key to a future of hope, peace and forgiveness. A stunningly beautiful tale sure to capture the heart of womens fiction readers and beyond.
It is not often that you run across a novel with the kind of depth I found in An Irishwomans Tale. I believe part of that is because this book was based on an actual womans story. And what a story it is. Marys tale is full of pain and rejection, poor decisions and regret. But her story is also full of hope and forgiveness. Patti adeptly tackles all the various elements of this multi-generational story. She isnt afraid to delve deeply into human nature. I especially appreciated her ability to portray hope and salvation, as well as redemption of past pain into ministry. I believe the thread of repeated rejection will ring true with many readers. Patti paired the ache of rejection with hope of Gods never-failing love. Pattis novel can even help readers who may relate with the elements of mental illness detect hope in the midst of torment. This story carries you across continents and seas. Its a saga I believe readers of many ages will appreciate as theyre transported to Ireland again and again.
In this stunning debut novel, we meet Mary Freeman, a nurturing woman who wants to take care of her family and have a bit of peace in her life. But caring for her ailing mother is wearing on her, as is her concern for her youngest daughter. When Mary prays for a friend, she never expects God to answer so quickly or with such a unique woman.An Irishwomans Tale is two stories in one: the tragic heartbreak of young girl who endures one rejection after the other, and a beautiful, healing friendship between two very different women. Like the threads that make up fine Irish linen, Lacy weaves Marys story, combining the past with the present, until both converge and take Mary back to where it all started.Lacys lyrical writing style is perfect for this tale which takes us from Ireland to America and back again. Get ready to settle in with this one, because once you start, youre not going to want to put it down.