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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

One Year by Mary McDonough - Book Review

About The Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

First of all ... Cover Love!  The cover drew me in, the story made me stay!

I love stories with family relationships at the heart of the tale, and Author Mary McDonough weaves this tale of an loving, if not complicated Irish family that is rich and entertaining.

McDonough's characters are three-dimensional and fully realistic - you can feel the love, the emotions, and yes, the frustrations that the family goes through during a year in their life that changes so much.  I love the setting of Oliver's Well - it's quaintness a fitting backdrop for the comings and goings of the Fiztgibbon family. 

But it's McDonough's writing style that is the star of this debut novel from the beloved actress of "The Waltons." I have no doubt that this will be just the first of many well-anticipated books from Ms. McDonough and I happily await them.

I Highly recommend "One Year" for those who enjoy a rollicking good family story.

About The Author:

Best known for her portrayal of Erin on TV classic The Waltons, McDonough gives readers an intimate look behind the scenes of one of the most beloved shows of all time, and reveals an inspiring story of challenges and personal triumph.
Mary’s book, Lessons from the Mountain, shares her story of growing up as a child star and how she reinvented herself after the show’s long run.

Check out her website at www.marymcdonough.com for more info on her books and projects.


This book is from my personal collection. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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