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A Good Confession

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
When sweet-talking Mick Brogan dies, his young wife Cathleen struggles to bring up their daughters in their rented rooms in 1960s North London. She is comforted by Father Jerry, her husband’s cousin and a priest generally acknowledged by the Irish community to be both a saint and the spit of Gregory Peck.

As their friendship develops, Cathleen fears that they are growing to
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Severn House Publishers
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Jan 20, 2015 Tripfiction rated it really liked it
Novel set in Ireland (a perfect snapshot of rural life)

This delightful, read-at-one-go novel provides a perfect snapshot of life in rural Ireland in the early 60’s and also a poignant view of the difficulties faced by Irish migrants coming to London in search of work. A Good Confession is superficially a simple story, well told and easy to read and yet it is also disturbing. For those of us who have lived through the early 60’s, it serves as an unsettling reminder of all that was awful about tha
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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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May 23, 2010 Caroline The HEA Lover rated it really liked it
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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 it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2009 Eileen Field rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 04, 2009 Vickie rated it it was amazing
I read it in one sitting and was gripped from start to finish! Brilliant book!
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