ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
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An Irishwoman's Tale is about a woman (married with two kids) who had a very difficult childhood full of unanswered questions. As she recounts her story to her new friend, Sally, Mary finds healing and the answers she has so desperately been needing.
Patti is a wonderful storyteller and I loved how she gave us glimpses back and forth into Mary's past and present. There are so many people in this world who grew up with pain and dysfunction who never get closure on their past. Mary is one of those people, but she finds it when she finally lets herself be vulnerable in trusting a new friend with her story.
If I were to change anything I would have not revealed as much of Mary's childhood in the beginning of the book (specifically, how her father treated her). It seemed obvious to me why she was sent away and if that information had been saved until the end it might have had an even greater impact to the story.
Even so, it was a good story and Patti did a wonderful job telling it. I recommend it, and be sure to click the link above to read the first chapter.