Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Irishwoman's Tale Review & Giveaway

An Irishwomans' Tale
by
Patti Lacy


I had the pleasure of reading this book earlier this year before it's release. Patti is a talented writer who has taken on a gritty book. The story is about one woman's search for who she is. She has kept people at arm's length her entire life, until Sally, a plucky Southern transplant, invades her life. Mary tries to resist, but finds herself sharing her story with Sally.

Mary grew up in Ireland in the 1950s before being sent to the United States against her will. Her story is pulled out of her piece by piece by Sally. And it's a story that twists and turns through the grit of life. A past that isn't perfect. A past filled with pain. A past Mary can't escape.

While classified as general fiction on the cover, I think it falls firmly in women's fiction. While that's not a genre I naturally gravitate towards Patti's characters and writings kept me reading. In the depths of the story I wondered how healing and forgiveness could come. And when it looked like it had arrived, the book took another turn. It was a page-turner in a women's fiction kind of way.

Most of all, it's a story of redeeming love -- and that's a feature that's often missing in books.

Leave a comment and I'll select a winner for a copy of this book. If we have more than 15 comments, I'll pick two winners.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




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.



ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

Watch the Book Trailer:


If you would like to read the first chapter of , go HERE

65 comments:

Kara S. said...

Wow! The book trailer is really really good. I want to read the book!!! I'd love to win a copy. =)

Katy Lin :) said...

this book sounds fabulous! please count me in as well! :)

traveler said...

This novel sounds so fascinating and wonderful. Thanks for this lovely giveaway.

AmandaK said...

That book sounds amazing. I would even share it when I got done with it because it sounds so good!

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Lisa said...

The book sounds fantastic. Congrats to you also, a published writer that is awsome.
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Neen said...

I'd love to read this book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

koopermom said...

This sounds like something I won't be able to put down! Enter me please!

Amber said...

I am from Midwest America myself ;) and I would love to see a new perspective on my home. Please enter me and thank you for this giveaway!

sweetsue said...

You write a great review! I would love to read this book-please enter me!

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James and Andrea said...

This is really neat. What a beautiful and intriging story. I hope I get a chance to read it!

Kimberly said...

Sounds very intersting and a great read. Thanks for the trailer and link to the first chapter.

Thanks for the giveaway too!

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

EllyBean said...

I'd love to win this...sounds like a wonderful read!

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Natasha said...

I'm always looking for more great books to add to my must read pile and this one looks great! I would love to be entered if I'm eligible (I'm from Canada), thank you!
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Stephanie Reed said...

I heard an interview with Patti on KNEO. Sounds like a good book.

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Annabeth said...

This sounds like a great book! I would love to win it!

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Aldara said...

the book sounds great. I would love to win!

Lexie said...

I admit the book trailer has me interested now. I wanna see why Mary was sent off from home and how she reconciles her past to her present. Thank you!

Lexie.cenni (@) gmail.com

Paige said...

That looks so interesting. I'd love to win a copy.

Killlashandra said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for a chance to win a copy to read.

tami said...

i would like to give this to my dd for christmas! hope i win!

Mrs. Sprinkles said...

I'm always looking for good new fiction. Thanks so much!

Come enter my Amazon giveaway!

meddlingkidd said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jen
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Victoria said...

That book trailer is amazing! I can't wait to read this. utgal2004 at yahoo dot com

mom huebert said...

That sounds like an interesting read. I like anything irish.

Nancy said...

I have always been fascinated by anything having to do with Ireland, and this book is no exception. Thanks for the giveaway.

Faerie Mom said...

I want to read it! It looks great... I hope I win! If not, I will just have to buy it, huh?

jenna said...

I'd love to win!
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Tyna said...

I love that trailer! Pick me!!!

Crystal M. said...

This book sounds wonderful... I'd love to read it. Please include me in your giveaway.
~Crystal M.
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drala said...

I enjoyed the book trailer.

Tara said...

I would love to win!! Love to read good wholesome books!!!

Tara
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Wendy aka Misswendiki said...

I love fiction about Ireland. Sign me up!

Daintry said...

Gosh how I miss Ireland! I got a chance to visit and want to go back! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

fancyfeet48 said...

always ready for a good book.

Jennifer said...

This book sounds really good, thanks so much for the giveaway!

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Jody said...

Being as Ireland is my favorite place on earth (I've been 3 times) and my daughter's middle name is Clare (for the county) this immediately caught my eye. If I don't win I will rush out to buy it.

JLHalsted(at)hotmail(dot)com

bren j. said...

The book sounds really interesting. I'll have to add it to my Amazon wishlist if I don't win it. Thanks so much for hosting a contest!

The Lady Riposter said...

This sounds like it's really good. Thanks for the chance to win!

samsakara said...

Looks like a great and wonderful book. Thanks for offering such a great read.

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kat c. said...

i want to read this book! and i bet my mom would like to read this as well! =)

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Marigold said...

I would love to read this book. Thank you for the chance at winning!

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suburban prep said...

What a wonderful sounding book.

momofmhasr said...

I love to read books like this. thanks for giving a copy away.

Melissa B. said...

i love Irish tv shows and movies, so I think I'd really like this book.

windycindy said...

Hello, I have been reading good things about this book! I think books that have a storyline that revolves around women and their relationships are quite interesting. Please enter me in your drawing.
Thanks, Cindi
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Carolyn said...

This sounds like an awesome read. I am of irish descent and I love to read historical fiction and non fiction

thanks for sharing

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Chi said...

I would love to check this out! Thanks for the contest :)

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Meg Marie said...

Count me in!

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

This book looks awesome. I love a story of redeeming love.

burrhippie said...

Sounds like a good read. I am always on the lookout for good reads.

daytoncat said...

This sounds like something I would really enjoy reading! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Chicago Saver said...

Thanks for the great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

The first chapter is gripping. I'd really like to read the rest!

jen
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patti said...

Wow, we have an Irish lover or fifty here! Wish I could charter a ship and talk all of ye to the lovely coast o' Ireland to see Mary's beautiful cliffs.

Thank you for your interest in my debut novel. These sweet comments greeted me after a looooong Amtrak ride to visit my mom.
Hugs to all of you.
Patti

rebornbutterfly said...

Sounds like a great book!
-sarah

Vintagesquirrel said...

This truly sounds like a great read. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

Jesica said...

Sounds like a book I'd really enjoy. Thanks for the chance

Anonymous said...

I would love to read the book
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Alyce said...

I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book!
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Carole said...

This book has been on my desired list since it first came out. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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Becca said...

I like women's books!

Jinxy and Me said...

Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

Tiff said...

This book sounds wonderful, thanks for the chance to win!

Elsie said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book, the sooner the better!

Thanks for the review, I can relate!


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patti said...

Thanks, Cara, for having me on this informative and interesting blog! And thanks, readers!

Patti

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