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SOMETIMES A WOMAN DOES WHAT SHE HAS TO DO TO PROTECT HER FAMILY.

Peggy Lynch has too many children and too much to do. Unlike the pampered wives in her affluent Long Island suburb, Peggy’s not married to a doctor or a lawyer. She’s married to an uneducated Irish immigrant twelve years her junior, and has to work two jobs to help make ends meet. In between the carpools, th
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Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published July 30th 2019
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Gina
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Somehow, Bernadette Walsh always seems to rip my heart out. Yet, I always come back for more. Johnny Be Good is no exception. This story of a mother and daughter, their turbulent years together, the pain of loss, and a mother's never-ending love is at times sweet and poignant, but also vicious and brutally honest. Veronica and her mom, Peggy, have never seen eye-to-eye. Ronnie, the youngest of five siblings, is given little attention by her mother because her brother Johnny has behavioral issues ...more
Jena Henry
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! You know that feeling- when you are walking out of a movie and you are still lost in the story and it’s hard to snap back to real life? That’s what this women’s fiction did to me. Call it all the usual adjectives- brutal, searing, honest, painful- you will never forget Peggy, Sean, Veronica or Rose.

Author Bernadette Walsh describes her books, “While I've hopped around genres from humorous romance to serious women's fiction, all of my books to date have a common theme: strong women handling
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Jennifer Newell
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about a family and how they managed to hurt each other even when we did not mean too. Peg is a 31 year old woman who is attracted to a immigrant man 12 yrs her junior Sean. One thing leads to another and Peg is pregnant and Sean does the right thing and marries her. Peg and Sean’s life together is complicated and they have 5 children together. Veronica is the youngest of the five and she seems to be her brother Johnny is always picking on her. Veronica’s life is a struggle with J ...more
Jayasri KS
When a mother regrets her life choices when it comes to her children, what she'll do? What if it's too late?

Here the mother, Margaret regrets everything she did with her 2 younger children, she tries to set things right. It was too late to save her marriage but she can salvage whatever relationship she has with her younger daughter.

I liked the characters and the writing was fluid. But I loved the theme of this book. While reading this book I realised that how parents are important i
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Helen Manoli
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reading material,like the way the book is divided into character section,one for veronica and the other for Peggy.Each character contributes to the story which centers around just two of the children,the ones that in some way have been damaged by Peggy drinking.
An awsome storyline dealing with binge drinking and the spiral effects on family.
Gail Herrmann
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book written by Bernadette Walsh. I love when I find an author that I am interested in checking into the other books she has written. Definitely the case with this. She writes a brutally honest story based on a mother/daughter relationship. A story of love and loss. Thanks for the opportunity to read an advance copy.
JoAnn
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johnny Be Good is a great book. I enjoyed the plot and the well developed characters. The author is new to me and I enjoyed her writing and will read more of her books. I received an arc from the publisher and this is my unbiased review.
Edna
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book. It was different from my normal read. A touching story.
Thanks, NetGalley for the advance copy to review.
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When Bernadette is not annoying her fellow commuters on the Long Island Rail Road with the tap-tap-tapping of her computer, she enjoys eating chocolate and indulging in her favorite mind candy -- reality TV.

While Bernadette has hopped around genres, from paranormal romance to humorous romance to serious women's fiction, all of her books to date have a common theme: strong women handlin
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