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Le Choix d'une Mère

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,215 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Anéantie par la liaison de son mari qui a conduit à l’éclatement de leur famille, Kate remonte peu à peu la pente et commence à entrevoir le bout du tunnel. Mais lorsque l’on diagnostique un cancer à Jess, sa fille de douze ans, c’est, pour elle, l’épreuve ultime. Elle a un fils de dix-huit ans nourrissant une haine profonde pour son père, un fils de sept ans désorienté et ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 17th 2018 by Milady
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Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: penguin
3.5 Stars

My first Sinead Moriarty Novel and I was pleasantly surprised by the emotions this one stirred up in me.

Having been left devastated and homeless after her husband's affair and the break-up of their family, somehow she has pulled through. Though times are still tough, she's beginning to see the start of a new life.But when twelve-year-old Jesssica is diagnosed with cancer, Kate's resilience is put to the ultimate test.

A thought provoking realistic story with a twist in the tale that I
Margaret Madden
Kate is just beginning to get her life back on track after a difficult few years. Her husband, Nick, has left her and their three children for a younger model and a new baby son. She has lost the family home and her dignity. Now herself and the children are living with her elderly father and are beginning to adjust. All this changes when her twelve-year-old daughter, Jessica, is diagnosed with leukemia.

There is no worse fear for a parent than the suffering of a child. Kate is knocked for six wi
I received a copy of this book from Penguin Ireland in exchange for an honest review.

Kate is dealing with a lot as she moves out of her home following the breakdown of her marriage. With three children to support and an ex-husband preoccupied with his new, younger girlfriend and baby she's terrified of what will happen next and then her only daughter Jess is diagnosed with cancer. As Jess gets sicker but the family come together in support, Kate may have to face up to one of the hardest things s
Inishowen Cailín
A beautifully written story; Funny, heart warming and heart breaking. A real page turner. This emotionally charged book had me reaching for the tissues.
Namrata Ganti
Sinéad Moriarty brings us a thought provoking and heart wrenching story of love, loss and family. Kate, mother of three, is forced to deal with the break-up of her marriage. Her husband had an affair and moved out, deciding to marry the other woman. The first part of the story shows us how Kate and the children cope with this, the impact this has on the children, and how they all pull together to support one another.

The bonds between the siblings is very strong, and even though they act out in d
Aishling Murphy
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally enjoyed this book. From start to finish, this story is about Katie and her family and all the ups and downs of being a mother and some more.. You will need Kleenex for this book it's devastating in parts,totally heart wrenching and deeply moving A great read. ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the book even though it was sad most of the time. The characters were relatable and well made. It's a shame that no one really caught a break but that's what made it realistic as well. ...more
Renita D'Silva
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this author - she never disappoints! I adored this book. Poignant, emotional, heartrending, taking us on a heartbreaking but hopeful journey. I loved all the characters, felt for them. A beautiful story, one I highly recommend.
Heart-breaking novel set in DUBLIN

This is not an easy read; it’s troubling and heart-breaking in equal measure and yet it’s quite un-put-down-able. Be prepared to get through a lot of tissues.

Kate, the good mother of the title, has been abandoned by her husband, Nick, who has gone off to live with his young girlfriend and new baby. Kate and her three children have to leave the family home, since they can no longer afford to live there, and move back in with Kate’s dad in the Village Café. Condit
Oh lord SInead Moriarty does it again. This is a real page turner it made me laugh cry and gasp in horror. I love it when a book does that too me it doesn't happen very often.
Katie's husband has left her she has to move in with her dad, and her three children are acting in different ways trying to deal with their dads affair.
Life deals them all a devastating blow when 12 year old Jess is diagnosed with cancer. Without spoiling the story for everyone things get harrowing and emotional. There is
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have loved every book I have read from Sinéad Moriarty. I'm a big fan of her writing style and I always enjoys the story lines. I hate to say this wasn't one of my favorites. I didn't hate it, the book just wasn't one of my favorites. I didn't fall in love with the characters and Nick was simply horrible.

The book opens with Kate moving out of her dream home with her three children. She's moving back home to live with her father. Her husband Nick decided to have an affair with a much younger w
Megan Jones
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate is a single mother to her three children; Luke, Jess and Bobby. They have recently had to move in with her father and are struggling with the adjustment. Things are beginning to go okay for the family and then Jess is diagnosed with cancer and their world falls apart. As Kate struggles to hold her angry family together she is faced with doing the unthinkable.
I should start with a warning, and that is that this book will make you cry buckets and I mean buckets. Moriarty has written an extre
Samantha March
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good Mother by Sinead Moriarty will make you cry. You might not cry easily, you might not get emotional over books, but I don’t doubt this books ability to make the tears flow. The story follows Kate and her family – three children and divorced husband – who are still adjusting to life in a broken home after the marriage dissolves via infidelity. But the harder news is just on the horizon – quickly on Jess, the middle child and only daughter in the family, is diagnosed with leukemia. The res ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The front cover of Sinéad Moriarty’s The Good Mother says that if you love Jojo Moyes, then you’ll love The Good Mother and the blurb is right. Just as Kate is finding her feet, after discovering her husband is leaving her and her three children for another woman, she suffers the worst blow of all when her beloved only daughter, Jess, is diagnosed with cancer. Moriarty’s writing is heartfelt without being schmaltzy, as she introduces us to a wide cast of characters who feel real and true. I love ...more
T.J. Fox
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-drama
Holy crap! This was an amazing book. Do NOT read unless you want to cry and have a full box of tissues handy. Or maybe two. Seriously.

At the very beginning, I struggled to get into this, but I’m honestly not sure if that was the book or just me as I was feeling incredibly antsy when I started this. It took a bit of getting tossed from one character’s perspective to another without warning before I was able to sink into the flow. But once I was there, I did not want to put it down, even for the n
Beth Hommes
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this Sinead Moriarty. The story was wonderful, horribly sad, but still wonderful. The character development was excellent. The dialogue between family members was so well written it was heartbreaking. Though a few of the situations were a reach, the major ones provided insight into real-world dilemmas. Some of the minor characters provided comic relief. I look forward to reading more of Moriarty's books. This would be a good selection for a book club. ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A controversial subject. Nearly in tears a few times during the book. Tears of happiness and sadness. Read the book if you get the chance.
Ann Weisz
This book completely disappointed me. I read it based on the high Goodreads rating - a rating which usually is accurate. I found it trite, repetitive and akin to a Danielle Steele type novel. There are so many predictable scenes e.g the white butterfly appearing at the birth of the baby and the son scoring a try in the last minute of the rugby final etc. Nonetheless, it is an easy read (albeit a very forgettable one which focused on a tired subject matter).
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably should have been a tear jerker, but it dragged a little in spots for me.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Good Mother, written by Sinéad Moriarty, is a beautifully written story that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Whenever I sit down to read a book by this author, I know I am in for a treat, and this book definitely exceeded my expectations.

Kate has been to hell and back...her husband, Nick, has left her alone and homeless to raise their three children while he moved on with his life and another woman. Left with nowhere to go, she ends up moving in with her father. She
Tanya Stewart
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally an unparalleled journey!

This novel starts off commonly enough with the breakup of a family through a difficult divorce. It's relevant and honest in it's realistic view and grabs you from the start, especially if you're a child of divorce or have become a single parent through it. And that's just the beginning of a fabulous and heartwarming, heartbreaking journey as Kate, Luke, Jess, Bobby and even Nick an extended cast of equally as well developed and colorful cast of charact
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
This book. It needs a warning.

It's been a while since I've read one of Sinead's books so I was so delighted when this came throught the letterbox. (Thanks Penguin.) It took me so long to write this review because I needed to get over all the feels this book gave me.

In the beginning of the book Kate is moving out of her home and in with her dad after a difficult separation. In the midst of all the chaos her daughter Jess is diagnosed with cancer. I'm not a parent, but
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of this author I was delighted to see a new book out as other books I have read by her have given me a good chuckle and left me feeling lighthearted. This isn't that kind of book and I suggest if you read it, you're feeling in a steady mood and have a box of tissues handy.

Sinead Moriarty gives us a powerful and emotional story making us laugh and cry and becoming part of this family who end up being torn apart when twelve year old Jess is diagnosed with cancer. Not many authors have the
Nikki Houghton
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Will Be Well........ is a sentence that repeats itself over and over during this heart breaking, beautifully written novel.
I loved this book. It would have earned 5 stars but for the (fatal) flaw of Bobby’s diary which I found shameful, quiveringly embarrassing. An absolute no-no.
Moriarty is no Roddy Doyle (mind you, Roddy is no longer Roddy tbh) nor is she as incredible as her Aussie namesake however this book is remarkable. The story is flat out fabulous, the characters are incredibly wel
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book deals with a very painful subject not only about health scares but also about the changes each person in a family goes through during a divorce. You could feel Kate's despair at the destruction of her marriage but she somehow stayed strong and didn't count on Nick.. She was strong in some ways, but so very weak too. She accepted all that Nick did and didn't lash out, even though I feel she should have.
Nick, her husband, was a very unlikeable character. There was no redeeming his lack o
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It was all downhill starting on page 398, but i mean that in a good way...sort of.
If you read the book, you'll know what I mean.

This was gut-wrenching to read as the mother of a 12 year old girl. BUT, that being said, I've been waiting to read a book like this my whole adult life. I've always wanted to read something that would evoke strong emotions, and this one actually made me put it down a couple of times.

I have been searching for a story like this much so, that I thought i migh
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I bawled at the end. Such a masterpiece of writing. Sinead Moriarty takes you into the novel and there is no leaving!! Her style of writing is lovely. With this book, you get an idea of every character's feelings and their emotions. It's one of those books you won't forget in a rush. It focuses on such a sensitive subject matter but is written just right. It explores the human mind and morals. Also there is some of the Irish humour thrown in for good measure. I really would re ...more
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is an excellent read! It is smoothly and expertly written (strong, precise vocabulary and wording along with thorough revising for clarity and careful editing for mundane structural errors.) The plot is complex, intricately weaving several story-lines into a whole story. The themes the novel explores are deep and thought-provoking; the characters are fully developed and compelling. I became totally absorbed in this read and hated for it to end. (I understand that this novel has also been pu ...more
Melba Hard
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an emotional rollercoaster.

This book appeared to start slowly but oh boy did it make up for it!
All the characters were so strongly portrayed ,each of them an individual apart from the twins that is.
This was such a sad story but there was laughter and love in there too. I especially loved Bobby's diary entries especially the one about the immaculate conception. Who would want to teach even year olds about that nowadays!
Such a difficult subject to write about but some humour to lighten it up
Karen Mackin
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down!!!

Amazing! I laughed, I cried (a lot), then laughed some more! I felt like I got to know every character personally. I really connected with some, felt animosity towards others, but watched them evolve and change to where I understood them better! This is one amazing love story that as a mother really touched my heart and soul! Be prepared to read this by keeping the Kleenex close at hand!
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Sinéad was born and raised in Dublin where she grew up surrounded by books. Her mother is an author of children’s books. Growing up, Sinead says she was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and then being published. From that moment on, her childhood dream was to write a novel.

After university, she went to live in Paris and then London. It was at the age of thirty, while wo

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