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Mother's Only Child

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Maria Foley's dream of studying at the prestigious Grafton Academy in Dublin falls apart when her father is paralysed in an accident and it is left to her to look after him. When her true love marries another, she doesn't blame him, for who'd take her on now?
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Published June 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 27th 2006)
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Heather
Sep 27, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Maria Foley, a young Irish woman, loses her chance to go to a prestigious clothing design school when her father gets in an accident and her mother loses her mind. Through another awful circumstance, she loses Greg Hopkins, the man she loves, and ends up marrying the disreputable Barney MacPhearson.

Although this seems classifiable as a romance novel, I felt like the focus was on Maria's relationships with her family and the drama between her and her brutal husband. It started out slowly, but bec
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Janice Webb
Dec 21, 2013 Janice Webb rated it really liked it
This was an easy book to read with an interesting story set against the background of WWII and the post-war years with all its difficulties. It is the story of a young woman (who seems very mature for her years) and the problems she has to deal with in her marriage to a violent man. I enjoyed the book, but was a bit irritated by the grammatical and other errors, which could have been avoided with careful proofreading.
Elaine Watson
Mar 24, 2016 Elaine Watson rated it really liked it
An enjoyable light read of the hardships of a young Irish girl whose life would twist and turn but not for the better. From her scholarship to a design school through to her marriage to a bully and the aftermath. The love she missed out on but found again in a most unexpected place. The only problem is the writer gets a bit confused between the two main female characters but it doesn't really spoil the story.
Deidre(Dee) ~ Happy Grandma ~
I loved this story so much, that I decided to keep the book, instead of giving it away. The story starts in the small town of Moville, in England, and follows the life of Maria Foley. It is a must read, and one that I found hard to put down.
Barbara
Sep 20, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Brutal. The story goes from one tragedy to another; most of which would never happen today. Thank you for all the women who fought for the rights we now enjoy. Still a ways to go for full equality, but at least the fate for all isn't so bleak as it is for the characters in this book.
Robyn Coyle
Jan 27, 2013 Robyn Coyle rated it really liked it
Good read but ashame many mistakes like using the wrong character's name in some places and many grammar errors. I would of loved to have done the "editing" on this book.
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