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An Irishwoman's Tale

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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. It takes a crisis in her daughter's life -- and the encouragement of Sally, a plucky Southern transplant -- to propel Mary back to the rocky cliffs of her home in County Clare, Ireland.

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Paperback, 311 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Kregel Publications
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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 for...more
Having been forced out of her home in Ireland, alone, and sent to America at a very young age, Mary has snippets of memory that she tries to make solid with a couple of trips back to Ireland. All she gets are hints; no one ever comes right out and says what really happened, or anything concrete about her history. Her mother is vague, a neighbor is vague, her grandmother is vague. Only an aunt near the end finally gives her some information, and it's still not enough to satisfy a reader. Deaths,...more
Deborah Piccurelli
Aug 19, 2008 Deborah Piccurelli rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Every woman.
This is a wonderfully poetic book. I highly recommend it. Patti Lacy is a master story teller, and also expert at character development. Knowing it is based on a true story really haunts me. I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
Gripping true story about a 5 year old girl sent to another country to call someone else "mom". Throughout the years Mary remembers her Irish roots, her "mam" and the cliffs of her homeland that call her home. Ireland is a mysterious land and has always been a destination on my bucket list. This is a gripping novel about a child the grows into adulthood yearning for the closure of her past, who needs answers to questions plaguing her and now her family. Her ability to have a friend is non-existe...more
Boring........ although the cover and title looked promising.
Completely melodramatic
Jules Q (Nolatari)
An Irishwoman's Tale is the story of Mary, torn from her mother at 5 years old and sent away from her Irish homeland to live with a couple in America. Through the years, Mary yearns to understand the events that define her life, and she longs to find the love of family that always seems to elude her. From a scared young girl to an angry and bitter young adult, Mary is a spitfire of a character. Even in her later adult years, she feels conflicted about herself and her past, seeking only to make p...more
Myra Johnson
I've always wanted to visit Ireland, and Patti Lacy's book only deepened that desire! Descriptions of rugged cliffs, pounding surf, and too many shades of green to name are the recurring backdrop to this deeply moving story of a woman's lifelong struggle to come to terms with her identity and find a lasting sense of self-worth. Cast out by the Irish family that didn't want her, sent across the ocean to live with relatives who are dysfunctional in their own way, Mary Freeman can't seem to find pe...more
Renae Bowman
I was hooked at the Prologue. This author takes the reader on an astounding journey of one Irish girl's plight. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept my interest and was compelling. A few slow spots, but overall a good read.
Ramona Anderson
Good read

Good read

I loved the descriptions of Ireland. It took my mind and I did not want to put the book down. I learned a little about myself reading this one.
I so wanted to like this book. As I got deeper into the story it dragged and felt like it would never end. Many pieces felt like they were rushed together to get to the ending. It was hard feeling for the characters.
had an anti-Catholic tone.
An Irishwoman's Tale is an emotional all night read. Mary was born in Ireland, and sent to live with family in the United States. She always felt unloved and unwanted. She keeps these feelings locked inside, causing inner turmoil.

Beautifully written, Mary comes to terms with her inner struggles, feelings of abandonment, feeling unloved and unwanted, and just different than everyone else. Surprises await with each page as you will learn more and more about Mary's past, and how she copes in the pr...more
What is most compelling about Patti Lacy's debut novel is her characters. As Mary Freeman struggles to understand the decisions that were made for her when she was a child, and her friend Sally supports her as she is also drawn into the tale, the reader quickly comes to care about Mary as much as Sally does. Reminiscent of the storytelling in Fanny Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, An Irishwoman's Tale will keep you reading to the end.

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Karen Robbins
Aug 06, 2008 Karen Robbins rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Be prepared with plenty of reading time before you pick up An Irishwoman's Tale and open it to the first page. Patti Lacy has a character you will immediately grow to love, Mary, the Irishwoman. Lacy takes you step by step through this woman's struggle to understand and come to terms with her past from growing up in the Chicago area to her roots in Ireland. An excellent read--the kind of quality writing that makes you want more. And, as Dennis Hensley says on the backcover, "Solid storytelling."...more
This was a good book!
Catherine Richmond
What a powerful, gripping story - even more so because it's true! At age 5, Mary's stepfather demands she be sent away. Without explanation, Mary is sent from Ireland to Chicago. Her new mother is cold, her new father is busy with extramarital affairs. Mary wonders about her heritage, but returning to Ireland raises more questions than answers.
Patti Lacy has done a wonderful job weaving the true story she knows so well into this fictional tale. Its message of redemption is one readers won't soon forget. It will live on in your head for weeks to come, whispering the truths of forgiveness and grace.
Erin Baker
A capitivating tale of a Irishwoman's childhood as she learns to find herself and God. It was listed as a Christian novel. I went through it quick!
I didn't get much from this book - just thought it was so-so. I agree with the reviewer who says it's 'completely melodramatic.'
Kathy Cooper
Great book, it was a story within a story. Loved the use of the Irish accent throoughout the telling.
For a debut novel, this is a winner. Very well done, Patti!
Mary Lou
Would not recommend to anyone
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Patti Lacy, a Baylor University graduate, taught community college humanities until God called her to span seas and secrets in her Kregel-published novels, An Irishwoman’s Tale and What the Bayou Saw.

2011 brings two new Patti Lacy novels to bookstore shelves. The Rhythm of Secrets will release with Kregel in January; Bethany House will publish Reclaiming Lily in October.

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