An Irishwoman's Tale

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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. It takes a crisis in her daughter's life -- and the encouragement of Sally, a plucky Southern transplant -- to propel Mary back to the rocky cliffs of her home in County Clare, Ireland.

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Overview

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. It takes a crisis in her daughter's life -- and the encouragement of Sally, a plucky Southern transplant -- to propel Mary back to the rocky cliffs of her home in County Clare, Ireland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825429873
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 7/8/2008
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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. Visit Patti's website at www.pattilacy.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Gripping and Glorious

    Don't be fooled by the serene cover, for this book will grip you like a rip-tide and not let go until you've soaked in the very last word. From the intense storyline that begins with little Mary, sent away from her Irish family to live in Illinois, to the imagery and complexity of characters, you will be locked in, anxiously waiting to find out what happens next. You will follow Mary through much heartache and turmoil through flashbacks told by grown Mary, now married with two daughters and an ailing mother. As the story moves along, you will discover the fragmented pieces of Mary's life and those who shape it. The book is a true page-turner, a phrase I'd normally reserve for thrillers or mysteries. You will find yourself wanting to climb right into the pages and rescue one character, hug another, slap another and pray for them all. As for me, I feel blessed having read it and will happily spread the word to friends and family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    a reminder of how God turns ashes into beauty

    An Irishwoman's Tale" is the story of Mary, torn from her mother at 5 years old and sent away from her Irish homeland to live with a couple in America. Through the years, Mary yearns to understand the events that define her life, and she longs to find the love of family that always seems to elude her. From a scared young girl to an angry and bitter young adult, Mary is a spitfire of a character. Even in her later adult years, she feels conflicted about herself and her past, seeking only to make peace with the unpleasant memories that haunt her and a God who seems to have forsaken her. The story speaks of yearning, of resentment, of turmoil and, ultimately, of the power of forgiveness. It is an engaging tale that is relatable on many levels, and it will remind you of the power of God to turn ashes into beauty.This debut novel by Patti Lacy is based on a real-life story and is the first in a proposed series about strong women coming to terms with events of their pasts. In fact, "An Irishwoman's Tale" will introduce you to the main character of Lacy's forthcoming second novel, "What the Bayou Saw". It is a fitting beginning for this new voice in women's fiction, and you will long for more the moment you complete this first story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2008

    Enthralling Debut Novel

    Mary Elizabeth, a lonely Irish girl, grows up to be a lonely Midwest woman despite a good husband and lots of God-given talent. It is those brogue-laced voices, calling her back to the cliffs of her memories. When a Southerner moves to Mary's town, Mary sees a chance to get that best friend she always wanted--and, thanks to God, much,much more. You will love the Irish scenes and the Irish songs. Thank you, Ms. Lacy, for an unforgettable book!

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

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    Amazing Story

    Bravo to first time author, Patti Lacy! The story, the characters, the plot all gel to make An Irishwoman's Tale a book worth reading. Based on a true story, Patti has woven the elements of fact and fiction to take the reader through the life of Mary, a poor Irish girl whose life is a series of rejection and poor choices. But it is also a story of an unlikely friendship, of unselfish forgiveness, and God's amazing redemption. In this fast-paced world where reading is a luxury few can afford, this book, filled with deeply drawn characters, is definitely worth your time.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    This one is a keeper!

    The author weaves an amazing and emotionally engaging tale about a woman's quest to know her "people" from Ireland; to know her blood kin. She never really felt wanted, at least not since she was shipped to America and planted in another family with no explanation as to why she was sent away. I found her internal conflict to be totally believable, and the retelling of her life showed a slow progression of her developing faith that probably follows what most people experience who find Christ in their adult yers. I was so drawn into the story and Mary's quest for answers that I kept picking this book up and when I wasn't able to read it I found myself thinking about the story. Well done. <BR/><BR/>"An Irishwoman's Tale" was a truly beautiful read for many reasons. I love it when I feel so drawn into a story that I am transported in my mind to a different place. I felt like I was Mary in the book as she relived the memories from her early years through adulthood. I especially loved when she got to the part where she was a wild child in college. What a great portrayal of that era and the lifestyle that went with it. It included very realistic dialogue and situations with men, etc. I loved the honesty in this story. I loved how Mary slowly began to allow people to get close enough for her to love them back. I loved how her early days as a new mother were portrayed. Very gripping and real. Wonderful stuff! I can't say enough good things about this book. At first I wasn't sure if I liked the set up of the story being told to another person, but it all wove together so well that I wouldn't change a thing. Fantastic debut novel!

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  • Posted October 20, 2008

    a reminder of how God turns ashes into beauty

    "An Irishwoman's Tale" is the story of Mary, torn from her mother at 5 years old and sent away from her Irish homeland to live with a couple in America. Through the years, Mary yearns to understand the events that define her life, and she longs to find the love of family that always seems to elude her. From a scared young girl to an angry and bitter young adult, Mary is a spitfire of a character. Even in her later adult years, she feels conflicted about herself and her past, seeking only to make peace with the unpleasant memories that haunt her and a God who seems to have forsaken her. The story speaks of yearning, of resentment, of turmoil and, ultimately, of the power of forgiveness. It is an engaging tale that is relatable on many levels, and it will remind you of the power of God to turn ashes into beauty. <BR/><BR/>This debut novel by Patti Lacy is based on a real-life story and is the first in a proposed series about strong women coming to terms with events of their pasts. In fact, "An Irishwoman's Tale" will introduce you to the main character of Lacy's forthcoming second novel, "What the Bayou Saw". It is a fitting beginning for this new voice in women's fiction, and you will long for more the moment you complete this first story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Be ready for a ride

    Patti Lacy did a wonderful job painting a picture of Ireland in addition to the theme of forgiveness. I got lost in the emotions Mary was experiencing, and that's what makes me want to read a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    A book with take away valu

    There is something quite fascinating about Ireland. I've read some historical stories about this grand country. So I eagerly began to read this Irish woman's tale of trying to find herself. Who is she, this woman named Mary Elizabeth? Why did her real mother send her away, why was her adoptive mother cold towards her. I was spell bound as I read through 311 pages until Mary Elizabeth, her friend Sally, and I found closure. And Mary Elizabeth learned that God was with her, all those years. I especially like to read about relationships between parents and children. Patti Lacy's writing held me spell bound throughout the story. I highly recommend An Irishwoman's Tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    A most inspiring read!

    A young Irish girl is bewildered when she¿s sent away not only from her family, but from her homeland as well. Raised by foster parents, she is troubled most of her life, but never tells a soul until one day, she finally lets go of everything inside when she tells a friend. This sets off a string of adventures when the two women head for Ireland in search of answers, healing and closure. The story is true but written as fiction, though the details are so real, so vibrant, it¿s difficult to distinguish between the two. Patti Lacy was able to capture the feelings and emotions of young Mary¿s life from the time she left Ireland at only five, to her discoveries when she returns as a mature woman. Having never been to Ireland but wishing I could travel one day, I found the descriptive prose to be quite enlightening. Lacy has a talent for bringing her story from the crevices of her mind, to life on the pages you and I read. From the beginning, you won¿t want to stop reading this story of love, hope, sadness and compelling journey through the life of Mary O¿Brian as she finally opens up and then searches for answers and closure. One of the best written novels I¿ve read and sure to grab your attention and hold it while you travel across the globe with Patti Lacy as she propels the story of Mary O¿Brian from Ireland. A most inspiring read! Cindy Bauer Christian Fiction Author-Speaker-Reviewer Member of ACFW Inspirational Fiction ¿ Good for the Soul!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    An Engaging Read

    I'm not usually one to pick up a women's fiction novel, but I am Irish and love reading about the shores I've never seen 'yet'... This book grabbed my attention from the first page and held it to the last. Mary's struggle to accept her past, herself, to find her place in the world and in her family, is gripping and real. The themes were vaguely reminiscent of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, to me, especially in Mary's struggles with her imperfect parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    Powerful and Gripping

    My first inclination after reading this book is simply to say 'WOW!' Set in Ireland and Illinois, An Irishwoman's Tale combines the quality of writing, intense storytelling, imagery and complexity of characters one would expect from a seasoned, best-selling author. It is a true page-turner, a phrase I'd normally reserve for thrillers or mysteries. It draws you in, serene at first like the peaceful photo of Ireland on the cover, then grips you like a riptide and there's no putting it down. You want to climb right into the pages and rescue one character and hug another and slap another and pray for them all. Believe me, you won't want to stop until your eyes soak in the very last word. I anxiously await Patti Lacy's next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Stunning Debut Novel!

    In this stunning debut novel, we meet Mary Freeman, a nurturing woman who wants to take care of her family and have a bit of peace in her life. But caring for her ailing mother is wearing on her, as is her concern for her youngest daughter. When Mary prays for a friend, she never expects God to answer so quickly¿ or with such a unique woman. b An Irishwoman¿s Tale /b is two stories in one: the tragic heartbreak of young girl who endures one rejection after the other, and a beautiful, healing friendship between two very different women. Like the threads that make up fine Irish linen, Lacy weaves Mary¿s story, combining the past with the present, until both converge and take Mary back to where it all started. Lacy¿s lyrical writing style is perfect for this tale which takes us from Ireland to America and back again. Get ready to settle in with this one, because once you start, you¿re not going to want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    Bravo! Wonderful Story.

    With a riveting voice, Patti Lacy paints vivid scenes, and reveals the effects of abandonment issues in this heart-touching story. An Irishwoman's Tale is a novel you'll want to share, but keep, at the same time. It's that refreshing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    An Irishwoman's Tale

    Patti Lacy has done a wonderful job of bringing to life this tale of deception, mystery and a life-long quest for truth. Based on a true story, we follow the life of Mary as she travels from Ireland to America and back again. Recommended reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Forgiveness and Grace

    Patti Lacy has done a wonderful job weaving the true story she knows so well into this fictional tale. Its message of redemption is one readers won't soon forget. It will live on in your head for weeks to come, whispering the truths of forgiveness and grace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    Storytelling at its best

    Be prepared with plenty of reading time before you pick up An Irishwoman's Tale and open it to the first page. Patti Lacy has a character you will immediately grow to love, Mary, the Irishwoman. Lacy takes you step by step through this woman's struggle to understand and come to terms with her past from growing up in the Chicago area to her roots in Ireland. An excellent read--the kind of quality writing that makes you want more. And, as Dennis Hensley says on the backcover, 'Solid storytelling.'

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    Posted November 1, 2008

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