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An Irishwoman's Tale

By Patti D. Lacy


"She's got to go. The little eejit's got to go."
Mary Freeman's earliest memory has haunted her since childhood: An old oaken table, bitter faces guzzling bitter tea, a brawl in a dilapidated cliff-side cottage about her future.
Far removed from her beloved Ireland...and the family that didn't want her, Mary has survived, even thrived, in the roles of entrepreneur, wife, Christian, mother, and community servant, but her first memories...and the ensuing dysfunction...continue to haunt her.

A crisis in her youngest daughter's life and the encouragement of Sally Freeman, a plucky Southern transplant, propel Mary back to the rocky cliffs of County Clare, Ireland. Her harrowing journey unveils her tragic past and forces her to let God shape her future.

"Patti Lacy's ability to span multiple generations and link two continents helps readers explore the external setting of a wild land while simultaneously studying the interiors of her characters' hearts and minds. Solid storytelling." Dennis E. Hensley, Author of The Gift.

Book Takeaway:

Despite living with not one but two dysfunctional mothers, a friend's love and God's grace can allow a woman to save not only her in-crisis daughter, but herself.


Year Title Description
2008 Foreword Magazine Finalist, Book of the Year Religious category

Why the author wrote this book:

A brave and spirit Irishwoman shared her secret after a book discussion group meeting on a snowy Midwestern day. For years, the story percolated in my soul. Ten years later, the Spirit whispered, "Write it, Patti." Kregel believed in my Mary's story and published the book in 2008.


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