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The Liberation of Brigid Dunne

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  33 reviews
From the internationally bestselling queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction (The Sunday Times, London), a heartwarming novel following three generations of women as they each learn that its never too late to live your life to the fullest.

Marie-Claire has just made the shocking discovery that her boyfriend (and business partner) is cheating on her. Reeling, she leaves
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Atria Books
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Prologue
PROLOGUE Christmas Eve

She pulls her shabby black woollen coat tighter around her and wraps her scarf snugly against her cheeks. It is bitterly cold, her breath forming an opaque mist in the frosty moonlight. The stony path that leads from her grandmothers cottage down to the farmhouse is slippery with ice, and she skitters and slides, grabbing a furze bush with her woollen-mitted hands to save herself from a fall. She pauses to catch her breath.

Venus, a radiant golden jewel,
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Even though there was a lot of religious aspects throughout I didn't feel preached to, this book showed both the good and the bad side of organized religion. It was very honest and I learned a lot. I found myself rooting for each character, even the flawed ones. The storytelling was believable and real. There was nothing sappy about it so I felt like I was in a land of truth and reality. The feeling each character had were heartfelt and I found myself identifying with ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a story of generations of Irish women coming together as a family to settle old grievances and glory in the progress that has occurred in Ireland vis-à-vis womens rights. Though I generally love books set in Ireland, Maeve Binchy, etc. I found this very bleak and full of years of misery.

Though much is eventually set rights, I couldnt relate to any of them. I do think womens reading groups will be able to explore the roles of women, especially the consequences of pregnancy in
Brenda McNorton
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read. Really like it.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This stories are told from Brigid, Imelda, Keelin and Marie-Claire point of views. I got lost sometimes! Too much going on lol For the first 30% I wanted to DNF this book so bad. Gosh it's pretty boring but I had to finish it anyway because I feel guilty if I didn't finish a book that I got for free.
It was a good story and it's not that bad you know.

Thank you Netgalley, author and publisher for The Liberation of Brigid Dunne ARC!
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Review to come.
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) Im always up for a story about multiple generations of women in a family, and I love stories set in countries other than the US. And this one definitely delivered on that front! However, the back cover description is pretty misleading because it mentions nowhere that the book is almost 50% about the Catholic Church in Ireland and misdeeds done by the church. Im not upset that the book contained this content, but I might have picked it up with a different understanding of what ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Probably one of my least favorite Patricia Scanlan books. It's not bad, as such, I just didn't enjoy parts of it. I don't really like religious stories and one of our main characters here is a nun, with a second family member training to become a nun. I did appreciate that it challenged a lot of things within the church, it was quite feminist in many ways. It's just not a setting for a story to appeal to me personally, but I give Patricia Scanlan full credit, I read the whole thing still and I ...more
Lydia Lewis
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I actually received an advance copy of this, which did in fact thrill my soul. I really liked the for 3/4 of the book. There is a very fine line for me between what I feel is story and character driven and when the author's voice and opinion seems to invade. This once crossed the line at the end for me.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having studied in a convent from the age of four plus, I have a liking for anything convent or monastery like and this one fitted the bill.

Starting in Toronto Marie Claire seems to have it all - a career going places, a very handsome boyfriend with whom she sees a steady future ahead and everything looks rosy until she overhears a telephone conversation and her world is shattered. Determined to go out with chin up she moves away from Toronto back to Ireland to the comfort of what she knows best.
Thanks to NetGalley and author Patricia Scanlan and Atria Books for this ARC.

If you like generational family, especially women's, stories then you will like this one. It is set in Ireland and follows 3 generations of women. All have troubles and have survived troubles but each in their own way. Some are more bitter, resentful and angry than others and they take turns with those feeling as well. The Catholic Church caused a lot of pain to them and yet oddly seemed to save them as well. The oldest
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a story of several generations of Irish women. I really enjoyed this novel. Enjoyed the interaction between all the women and the emotion it created. I will definitely look forward to reading other novels by Patricia Scanlan. Thank you Goodreads for the opportunity to read this ARC. I am recommending this to my book club.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very powerful story of religion, family, betrayal and healing.

The structure of this book was great, I enjoyed how it shifted from present day to the past and was divided into telling the stories of Brigid, Imelda, Keelin and Marie-Claire, they all led very different lives but were connected.

Imelda reminded me of my late nan, she was stubborn and had a sharp tongue, much like Imelda but then I also got a shock when I realised I myself am like Imelda. I bear grudges too easily and I push people
Kathleen Gray
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four women, three generations gather together for the first time in years- what could go wrong? Marie- Claire, her mother Keelin, her grandmother Imelda and her great aunt Brigid all have strong opinions. Each of them has a secret too, but the most important ones lie with Brigid, who is a nun. Scanlan explores not only family dynamics but also how the Catholic Church impacted women's lives in Ireland. More character driven than plot driven. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Fans of the ...more
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great characters, vivid setting and great story. I loved this book and was sad when it ended.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Aislinn Kelly
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a big fan of Patricia Scanlan for many years and I was delighted to get an opportunity to read her newest book, The Liberation of Brigid Dunne. I can happily say I wasn't disappointed, this novel is another triumph from Scanlan, who simply never fails to deliver in her writing. I read this book over the course of a day and I can't wait to read more from the author in the future.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for this ARC
Collette Mcgaahan
I started off just loving this book and especially all the female characters The plot was quite engaging but about half way I felt it was just going on too long. The changing of times and locations was good but the necessity to move the story along sometimes meant the more interesting parts of the womens lives were missed out. So although that sounds like a contradiction I do think huge chunks could have been left out and more of what the women really went through included.
I dont want to give
Shaz Goodwin
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding read (and it's got me on the trail of Mary Magdelene again :) )

Review coming soon.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this insightful drama very much. The storyline flows at a great pace, and the characters are well fleshed out. Highly recommended!
R J Mckay
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: top-shelf
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

The Liberation of Brigid Dunne' is an emotional journey through the lives of four women, all in need of redemption and all needing to forgive themselves before moving on with their lives.

The story is about four women of differing generations, all from the same family. All four have long held secrets they have managed to keep closely guardeduntil the 80th birthday for Reverend Mother Brigid. Then they all starts to unravel in
Trish at Between My Lines
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Patricia Scanlan is one of my all time favourite authors. When I first read her books, in the late 1980s, I felt for the first time that here was an author writing about a world that I could relate easily to. So I've been a long time fan, and her writing style has altered over the years, but what hasn't altered is that I can still readily relate and empathise with her characters.

This is a book about a nun. Not what I was expecting! But I fell in love with the characters, and watching them make
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of certain authors for years. Rosamunde Pilcher, Maeve Binchy, and Patricia Scanlan. Ever since her early book series City Girls on to today. Francescas Party will always be my favorite and is a re-read every year or two.I love that she is still writing the Irish sagas that I have come to love and The Liberation Of Brigid Dunne is no exception.

The novel follow three generations of women. Reverend Mother Brigid, her sister Imelda, Imeldas daughter Keelin and grand-daughter
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Liberation of Bridget Dunne is a gem of a story. Within the pages of a family drama is also the story of the actions of the Catholic Church in the Irish Republic. The author shines a bright light on the many crimes the church committed against women as it clung to its patrimony... controlling morality, sexuality, and information. The historical facts are presented within the pages of an extremely well written and interesting story as three generations of Dunnes go about living. This is not a ...more
Zee Monodee
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Loved this story which kept me enthralled - really felt like I 'connected' to each of the characters and felt like I was in their shoes and mind while I was reading and just couldn't stop turning the pages. Strong, solid, deep, doesn't shy away from issues (I was surprised it went this much into the Catholic Church and how the lives of women in Ireland were/are affected by it)
I am not giving this five stars because of the butchered French in there. An actual Frenchman saying 'Bon nuit'?
Derek Moore
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about tree generations of women. Marie Claire just learned that her boyfriend is cheating on her. She decides to leave Toronto and head to Ireland to celebrate her great aunt, Reverend Mother's retirement. Three generations will all be together. Marie Claire's mother Keelin, her grandmother Imelda and Marie Claire. Keelin and Imelda have never gotten along. Imelda is a bitter old woman who deliberately ruins the party. All these women must face what happened in the past. Is it ...more
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Whenever I hear that Patricia Scanlan has a new book coming out I always am so excited to read it. Having read all her previous books and loved them all I couldnt wait to start this one. Whilst I read and finished this book unfortunately at times I felt it dragged a bit . Maybe it was all the characters and trying to keep tabs on who everyone was , it just wasnt what I expected from this author. The story was really good in places but did find myself skim reading quite a bit on the last few ...more
This book tugged at my heart. I didn't grow up in the Catholic church, but it definitely had rules similar to Catholicism. So I mostly understood the religious thoughts. However, this is not a religious book. This is a book about family and how events happen that change people and their about family. I loved it! The family (mostly women) was completely torn apart by events. It was amazing to read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for a beautiful read in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-com
Great family saga! I thoroughly enjoyed this book about 4 strong women, the secrets they keep often from each other. Heavily featured themes include the Catholic church (often in a negative light) and abortion rights in Ireland. I did think the book was a bit too long, and did not think the various pilgrimages the women undertook added to the story. ...more
Aida Alberto
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy well told family sagas definitely pick up this winner of a book. Emotional with a touch of tornado as four generations of women come together for a family celebration and it's anything but a celebration. This story will have you cheering and cringing at the same time. Happy reading!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Library Request. It was a good read, focused a great deal on Irish catholic nuns and about the generations of family discord. It was enjoyable. ...more
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Patricia Scanlan was born in Dublin, where she still lives. Her #1 bestsellers include Apartment 3B; Finishing Touches; Foreign Affairs; Promises, Promises; Mirror, Mirror; City Girl; City Woman; City Lives; and Francescas Party. She has sold millions of books worldwide and is translated into many languages. Patricia is the series editor and a contributing author to the award winning Open Door ...more

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