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.
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In Review: My Mom has always said that every family is weird in its own way. The older I get the more I know she is right. Each of us are built of day to day experiences, family influences, hereditary quirks, with bits and pieces of our own individuality mixed into the soup. Often life is served with a side dish filled with hidden calories that represent addictions, family secrets, pain and suffering that our families try to hide from us as children.
As Mary Freeman watches her oldest daughter begin to tempted into some very real addiction, she begins to feel pulled and evaluate her life. It is a journey she doesn't want to walk and one she has never shared with anyone because of the pain she has shoved so deeply into her heart. But like so many moms, she would walk through fire for her child.
Her journey carries her to the cliffs of Ireland and through a painful path of discovering her past and the truth behind why she was sent away as a small child. Why her mother rejected her. Why she was raised in an emotionless home.
Discovering the whys of her past were painful, but hold the key to the future and the freedom for not only herself, but her family.
I began reading this book, but then I became immersed in it. Grab a cup of coffee, find a quiet chair and let this book move your heart and soul.
Rating: Five Cups of Coffee!