One Year

One Year

eBook - 2015
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In a heartfelt story set in a picturesque small town in Virginia, Mary McDonough portrays three generations of women in a modern Irish-American family as they navigate marriage, motherhood, and independence. . . The Fitzgibbons--especially the women--have long been the backbone of Oliver's Well, Virginia. Matriarch Mary Bernadette is still striking and tireless at seventy-five, with a generous heart that belies her sometimes sharp tongue. Her husband, Paddy, owns the local landscaping business, daughter Grace is a nun, and son Pat and his wife Megan are successful lawyers. Her grandson, PJ, and his new wife, Alexis, live in a charming cottage behind the main house. Church, family, tradition, and the local historical society--everything Mary Bernadette cherishes is in Oliver's Well. But below the surface, there are fractures. Megan sees the strained relationship between her husband and Mary Bernadette, who has never quite recovered from the painful loss of her first-born son. Megan too is torn between gaining her mother-in-law's approval and living life on her own terms. Alexis loves PJ deeply yet chafes against his grandmother's influence in their marriage. Then a looming scandal brings unexpected tragedy, compelling the Fitzgibbons to determine the depth of their loyalty, find their strength--and repair the bonds that have held a town, and a family, together for so long. With warmth and an abundance of insight, Mary McDonough artfully captures the shifting dynamics of family life--and the revelations they may bear just in time.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780758293503
075829350X
9780758293497
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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wendybradley
Feb 26, 2018

I can cope with those Irish family stories, ranging over a number of volumes - there remains something warm and fuzzy about those books. This is the Americans trying to copy the style. I expect the word 'cute' sums this book up. To my disappointment I found I had picked up not one but two in this series. Oh dear!!

I'm back to reading large print due to an eye problem. Is our current supplier of books to Yarra Plenty Library in receipt of a very special deal from an American publisher of large print books? I seem to be unable to find many titles not published in States or seeped in Americanisms. Please library, once upon a time large print came from the United Kingdom and were reprints of the BEST of popular writing, not endless divel.

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1_Great_Book
Jun 11, 2015

Enjoyable read. Tends to get a bit family intensive at times, but a tale successfully told.

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