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All Things Irish

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  222 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Do bad things really happen to us for a good reason? Escape into the ALL THINGS IRISH shop in Door County, Wisconsin and laugh exploring why--as you indulge in outrageous Irishness, friendships as thick as Aran sweaters, and a quirky Wisconsin fishing village of diehard Scandinavians that wants to run the shop out of town. Meg McKenna spent the last decade avoiding her cra ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published January 30th 2012 by Writers' Press
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Bart Bart
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As I got into ALL THINGS IRISH, I found myself laughing. A lot. This isn't a book with jokes but loaded with fascinating characters that were relatable and quirky, crazy (and anyone who knows me, knows I know crazy...) and colorful, the kind of people you absolutely want to spend time with. This is a story about family, and I have always written about family. It's universal, everyone gets family and everyone's is screwed up to one degree or another. Well, Michael Loynd writes about Mo McKenna, o ...more
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
This was my first (and hopefully not last) book that I was honored to read through the giveaways. Michael, if I could have given your book more stars I would but I will tell you that I will be telling all of my friends and family to read it because I fully enjoyed myself reading this little treasure. I will make sure to put it out on my book shelf by the books that I read again and again and again because I will definitely want to devour this book several more times. It is funny, exciting, sad, ...more
Michael Loynd
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My inspiration for ALL THINGS IRISH came from my wife, who worked one holiday season at this wonderful little Irish shop and came home each night with the most entertaining, laugh-out-loud, put-a-smile-on-your-face stories. This O'merican subculture was so fun, I couldn't wait each night to hear the latest. The women who worked there were a bewitching, tight-knit cast of characters unto themselves, both strong and hilarious, who lived and breathed all things Irish. Then I recalled another peculi ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really liked the story but had a hard time getting past all of the typos - things like "rot iron" instead of "wrought iron".
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! If you like Fannie Flagg, Garrison Keillor, and Alice Hoffman, you must read ALL THINGS IRISH. Mo McKenna is the funnest character I've read in a long time. Outrageous, funny, and off-her-rocker Irish. I want to go to Door County and hang out in her shop, along with all the rich colorful friends and Lake Wobegon villagers that try to run her shop out of town! Michael Loynd tells a wonderful tale about family bonds (that sometimes drive us crazy), reunited first loves, and about ...more
Mar 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own-book
I kissed my four-leaf clover in hopes of this part Eire lass winning a copy of this book.
May the road rise up to greet us all!
Wear the green and you'll be seen. Brings Eire luck so pucker up!
I have just started reading this book...awesome so far...entering so I can give one to my book addict sister-in-law! Can't get enough!
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just received this as a free book and haven't been this excited to read a new book in ages. It sounds so fun and different from the heavy stuff I've had to read lately. I'm ready for a change so thanks to Michael Loynd for putting it in front of me! I'll submit a review when I'm finished.

This is a review from my daughter. She'll post this on her page and when I get a chance I will post a review of my own.
I'm happy I finally got a chance to read this one! Once I was able to pick this up it was
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me a bit (pleasantly). The story was a bit more complex and interesting than I was expecting. Meg departs L.A. for Door County, Wisconsin to help her mother with her newly opened Irish shop which is not doing well. The local Scandinavian Historical group is harassing them excessively because they feel an Irish shop is out of place in the context of their town’s history. Meg gets reacquainted with her old flame from her teen years and sparks fly..things get complicated, Meg’s ...more
Arthur Davis
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A book about an Irish family's female members and their relationships is well outside the scope of books I usually read. That being said, I really enjoyed "All Things Irish." The characters were deep, richly developed, and I genuinely cared about them. The character of Mary Lou was spot on to the New England Irish that I have spent my whole life with and I really enjoyed her. The setting of Wisconsin is a place I have never visited but Loynd transported me there and I could picture it all vividl ...more
Jason Lassen
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book!

I'm normally not a reader of fiction but this book was highly recommended to me by a friend and I can't thank them enough for doing so. The character development was so well constructed I fell in love with them all right from the get go. One of my favorite characters is Door County itself. I've never been to Door County but after reading the book I wanted to move there and open my own Irish shop. I found myself re-reading passages and laughing out-loud over and over
May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm happy I finally got a chance to read this one! Once I was able to pick this up it was hard to put down. This is a story about life, family, forgiveness and love. Not too heavy but still enough to engage your brain. The characters are real and not made to seem perfect. I love the crazy Irish stuff... paper in the bread... painting the car like the Irish flag... all the superstition is just fun to read. It's written with accents and that also makes it fun to read. You can almost hear them spea ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this in a FR giveaway. This book was great and such a quick read! It was really funny, but not in a filled with jokes kind of way, but in a crazy characters that you could know in real life kind of way! The characters are all so interesting and I really liked every single one of them (except Caitlyn's husband). It was emotional as well, sad but happy at the same time. I would definitely recommend it! I'm also part Irish, so it was so interesting and fun to read a book with Irish characters ...more
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was fortunate enough to have been a First Reader winner of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this bittersweet story and it made me laugh out loud, right along with shedding a few tears. I could identify with the characters and I had a hard time setting the book down. If you enjoy a good read about a quirky family with all the ups and down, than this will be a book for you. I highly recommend it.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received this autographed first reads book free from good reads.

A lively, humorus, romantic, appealing, story of Meg McKenna and her mother's "All Things Irish" shop in Door County, Wisconsin. The Irish shamrock-shaped world of bad Irish luck and Celtic witchery that has brough nothing but heartbreak. Wisconsin's fishing village of Scandinavians want to run the shop out of town. Meg returns to save the shop with unexpected surprises, friendship, laughter and more Irish bad luck.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I persevered with this to be fair to the author and give the book a chance to grab me and also because I didn't have anything else to read at the time. The author has obviously tried to create quirky characters but they just weren't believable to me and the way he represented their speech made me cringe. I certainly hope no one was actually paid to edit this book because it was full of spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
Susan Johnson
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
This was a fun read about a mother and daughter who open an Irish store in the midst of a Swedish Historical city in the north of America (I wasn't sure if it was Wisc. or Minn). They are not welcomed with open arms and it is their struggle to find acceptance with the town and each other that makes this book so charming. I smiled almost throughout the book and even the tragedies were handled with a gentle hand. It's a great way to spend the day reading this fun adventure.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a laugh, this book had me chuckling and sometimes right out guffawing. The only complaint I have are the love scenes. If I read the word tender or any variation thereof ONE MORE TIME *shakes fist* I don't believe in writing a whole synopsis of the book - that's what the book description is for, so suffice to say it was quite entertaining with kooky and irreverent characters aplenty.
Oct 14, 2012 added it
I can't give this book a rating, because I didn't finish it. And I VERY very rarely don't finish a book.

Perhaps because I'm originally from Wisconsin spent 14 years in Green Bay and spent a lot of time in Door County that the setting and locale of this book really rubbed me the wrong way. I understand it's fiction, but melding a number of villages together as one fictional village, yet leaving actual businesses intact by name, but in the wrong place, was just disorienting.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
I'm still on my Irish reading kick.... Meg Mckenna's mother is a kooky Irish woman that has opened an Irish store RIGHT in the middle of a Wisconsin town known for its Scandinavian charm. The locals want to run it out of business and Meg wants her mother to not be so Irish. Circumstances happen that force Meg to come to her mother's aid and run the store. This is a light chic-lit with a little Irish charm.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked this book very much. Just when you thought "Oh, it is becoming predictable" the author throws you a curve ball. Funny, bitter sweet, great characters. I do look forward to another book by this author. The worst part was the spelling and grammar mistakes, I hope the next book will be better edited in that regard.
Kelsea Dawn Hume
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
I won this book through First Reads.

The story of a very enthusiastic Irishwoman who sets up shop in a quaint Wisconsin village. Cute, with an oddly liberal amount of tragedy. I really enjoyed the descriptions of Irish and Nordic-Wisconsinite traditions.

Read If:

1) You want a taste of Wisconsin.

2) You grudgingly love your large, crazy family.

3) You're a fan of small-town tales.
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, kindle
Mo McKenna was born and raised in Ireland. Now a widow with grown children she sells her home in the Midwest and moves to a quaint, very
Norwegian town in Wisconsin and shocks her new neighbors by opening a shop, All Things Irish. Her neighbors are not amused!

Humorous, poignant.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Poorly edited (lots of spelling mistakes) but engaging novel. Read it on the basis of its Irishness not realising that it was also a light romance novel. Enjoyed it even though aspects were cliched. Nice to read something heartwarming and light.
Nancy Luebke
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an ok read, There is a little bit humor and some sadness. There were times it was hard to understand some of the Irish accents as written. Might need a hanky at the end.
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
This one was a bit out of my normal "Irish" read. But this story is a good story with a good dose of Mom's Irish guilt and perseverance.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a fun read. The characters were quirky and it was it wasn't predictable.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Won a copy through Goodreads' First Reads program.

A great feel good story with relatable characters and a believable setting.
Mary Alaga
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I might have enjoyed it if I hadn't had to stop and translate the authors phonetic Irish brogue and New York accent. Tiresome.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Different type of story, and a little hard to follow until you get to know the characters, then it's fantastic!
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Michael Loynd is the author of ALL THINGS IRISH: A NOVEL, and the upcoming GOSSIPING WITH A WITCH (the inspired true story of Alice Roosevelt Longworth). Married to his high school sweetheart, they live in St. Louis with their four children.
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