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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A captivating novel about forbidden love - Cathleen Brogan is a young widow, struggling to bring up her family in 1960s north London. Times are tough for the Irish immigrants who live there, their hardships comforted by local Catholic priest, Father Jerry Brogan. Over time it becomes clear that Cathleen feels more for Father Jerry than perhaps she should. She hopes confess ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Severn House Publishers
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Cathleen Brogan thought life was going well; she is married to the love of her life, Mick, they have two beautiful daughters, and while they might not live in the lap of luxury they aren't on the streets begging for food either. But when her husband suddenly gets sick, she never expected the worst to happen....Burying Mick is one of the hardest things Cathleen has ev
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I had no idea how I was going to review and rate this book. A good Confession was some kind of challenge for me because it’s out of my ‘comfort-zone’, but sometimes it’s a good thing to try new things. Let’s just say I had a shaky start because I began crying from chapter 1 (and I hate crying), but that was bound to happen when you start a book with a death.

I’m torn, it would have been easier if I had not liked this book . I really enjo
Sheryl Browne
Aug 01, 2011 Sheryl Browne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes to read to escape
A Good ConfessionI’ve just finished A Good Confession and what a hugely satisfying read it was. Set in the late nineteen fifties/early sixties, the story centres around the forbidden relationship between a Catholic priest and a young widowed mother, both risking condemnation if ever their secret should be discovered. Switching between the sooty streets of London and the tranquil beauty of Ireland, the story is evocative of its era, cleverly weaving in a back-story of the Irish community and Iris ...more
Eileen Field
A really powerful book. Had me in tears – several times – and kept me guessing. I really didn’t expect the ending but when it came I felt yes, it was right and the only way it should end. Really believable characters. As for Father Jerry, well he is the kind of priest you could imagine falling in love with. In places it’s really funny but there’s also a sinister death so don’t expect a conventional hearts and flowers romance. I didn’t read it in one go but only because I have a family. I rushed ...more
I read it in one sitting and was gripped from start to finish! Brilliant book!
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