Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Book: An Irishwoman's Tale

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

An Irishwomans' Tale

Kregel Publications (July 8, 2008)


Patti Lacy


Patti Lacy graduated from Baylor University in 1977 with a B.S. in education. She taught at Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois, until she retired in 2006 to pursue writing full time. She has two grown children with her husband, Alan, and lives in Illinois.


Far away from her Irish home, Mary Freeman begins to adapt to life in Midwest America, but family turmoil and her own haunting memories threaten to ruin her future.

A shattered cup. Cheap tea. Bitter voices asking what's to be done with the "little eejit." Mary, an impetuous Irishwoman, won't face the haunting memories--until her daughter's crisis propels her back to County Clare. There, in a rocky cliffside home, Mary learns from former neighbors why God tore her from Ireland forty-five years earlier. As she begins to glimpse His sovereign plan, Mary is finally able to bury a dysfunctional past and begin to heal. Irish folk songs and sayings add color to the narrative.


This is one of those books where the cover blurb is slightly misleading. It says that Mary will go back to Ireland so I expected that to be a major portion of the book. It's really only the last couple of chapters.

But other than that "expectation" this was a fantastic book! The story is told in flashbacks, but they are in first person. It really deals with how your experiences can color the way you see life and how you deal with certain circumstances. And also how what we may believe (and is not necessarily true) can really affect us negatively when it didn't have to.

The book is based on a true story and I have a suspicion that the author is the friend that Mary is telling her story to in the book.

If you would like to read the first chapter of An Irishwoman's Tale, go HERE


  1. This looks like a good book. I will have to read it after I get through the month of November and writing my 2nd novel. I still want you to give me input on the first one but it will have to be after I finish this one so I don't get side tracked.

  2. Krista:
    You're right about Sally!
    Her story comes out in May.
    Thanks for having me at your blog.



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