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A Midwinter's Tale (Family Saga #2)

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Stationed in Bamberg, Germany, in the chaotic aftermath of WWII, pint-sized Charles "Chucky" Cronin O'Malley can't seem to keep himself out of harm's way. Whether it be with black marketeers, border patrols, or even his commanding officer, Chucky always seems to land in impossible scrapes, relying on a quick wit and blind luck (or is it Heavenly intervention?) to save his ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 15th 1999 by Forge Books (first published 1998)
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The first book in teh O'Malley series (as I think of it) is like an introduction to all the characters. It covers the first 20 years of 'Chucky' O'Malley's life and the comedy of errors that sets him up for life. There's lots of history involved as well as some just good general fiction.

As usual, the characters in Greeley's book are not without flaws but have a wonderful cast of family and friends around to support them. In this case, Charles does a lot of supporting of others himself. Relation
This is the rollicking tale of Charles Cronin "Chuckie Duckie" O'Malley as he transitions from his high school adventures and misadventures to more of the same after he joins Army and contends with his assignments as a member U.S. Constabulary Corps in post-World War II Germany.

I first read this book about 14 years ago. When I saw the CD version, I thought I might enjoy it again. I had forgotten how VERY MUCH I like the novels of Andrew M. Greeley. I REALLY liked this first in the four-part ser
This was one of the few Andrew Greeley books I never read. As usual, his stories of growing up in Chicago, Irish families and Catholicism are intertwined with Greeley's sense of humor. I also enjoyed the story line of the main character's childhood during the Depression and his coming of age in Germany, post WWII.
Jane B
Greeley always does a great job with his character development, but I felt as though this book could have used more work on a central plot. Enjoyed the WWII background....
I was fascinated that this was written by a Catholic priest. It is written from a young man's point of view (mostly about his time in the military), and describes the funny and awkward situations he encounters. It was fast-paced and I really enjoyed it. I would have given it a 5 star rating if it weren't for some of the language and several sex scenes. The plot was great.
This book brought back many memories. Also the main character, Charles and myself had many things in common.
Red hair "Red"
Same age
Packard auto, Philco radio, WGN, South Shore train
Army overseas
Rank Sgt
Company Clerk
Study accounting
Released Fort sheridan

I enjoyed the book; however, the plot got a bit unbelievable.

I was able to identify with this book more than the average reader because I grew up Irish Catholic in Chicago. Although the times in the book were of an earlier period it was nice to read about the parishes that still exist in Chicago...and of course reading about the good April who reminds me of my mother and grandmother.
Pat Baratta
First book in The O'Malley family story. I love generation books and this series was excellent. You do not have to be Irish to enjoy it, but it helps.
Slow starting but just before half way through it grabbed hold of me and I couldn't put it down! This is a tremendously uplifting story!
Another wonderful story Of Chucky Ducky .. and the O'Malley clan ...
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Andrew Greeley was a Roman Catholic priest, sociologist, journalist, and author of 50 best-selling novels and more than 100 works of nonfiction. For decades, Greeley entertained readers with such popular characters as the mystery-solving priest Blackie Ryan and the fey, amateur sleuth Nuala Anne McGrail. His books typically center on Irish-American Roman Catholics living or working in Chicago.

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