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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An Irishwoman's Tale by Patti Lacy is up on CFBA with a review posted!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

An Irishwomans' Tale

Kregel Publications (July 8, 2008)


Patti Lacy


Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a B.S. in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She has two grown children with her husband, Alan, and lives in Illinois.


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.

A shattered cup. Cheap tea. Bitter voices asking what's to be done with the "little eejit." Mary, an impetuous Irishwoman, won't face the haunting memories--until her daughter's crisis propels her back to County Clare. There, in a rocky cliffside home, Mary learns from former neighbors why God tore her from Ireland forty-five years earlier. As she begins to glimpse His sovereign plan, Mary is finally able to bury a dysfunctional past and begin to heal. Irish folk songs and sayings add color to the narrative.

Watch the Book Trailer:

If you would like to read the first chapter go HERE

My review:

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 years. 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 in the end that I wouldn't change a thing. Fantastic debut novel!

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