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The Misremembered Man by Christina Mckenna
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The Misremembered Man

by Christina Mckenna

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    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson (Limelite)
    Limelite: Love a long time coming to mature protagonists. More idiosyncratic characters, this time English. But without the tragedy of Irish Catholic orphans. Instead, the author draws a bead on racism, but more gently than McKenna targets the nuns and priests.
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I laughed, smiled, cried...followed the journey by rickety car, bicycle and yellow pointy shoes. A story of love finding you in a very untraditional way...but take note it is not a romance. ( )
  whybehave2002 | Aug 11, 2016 |
I hated this book...and I tried to like it..kept thinking surely it will get better, half way in, I gave up...boring...to the max...! ( )
  Laineybelle | Jun 5, 2014 |
Tailorstown farmer, Jamie McCloone and virginal spinster, Lydia Devine of Killoran are a pair of Irish lonelyhearts who are ripe for love even though neither of them has an inkling of how to go about getting it. Gentle encouragement by their friends pushes them out of their ruts and into the risky world where change could mean the destruction of Jamie’s fragile soul or the humiliation of Lydia’s mother-beaten one.

Comedy and tragedy take their turns on the stage, with a twist thrown in at the end that turns on Lydia learning a secret about her past that is really no surprise to the reader.

McKenna writes with ease and tenderness, bringing her idiosyncratic characters to life in a charming way. This is a book one good friend could read aloud to another sick in bed with a head cold. Nothing difficult or symbolic here; it's simply heartwarming, but kept from being saccharine by delivering a punch to the Catholic orphan-slave “factories” run by the nuns and priests until the mid 1990s. Neither light nor heavy, and flavored with "Broguish" gab. In short, a very Irish tale. ( )
  Limelite | Feb 13, 2014 |
Despite the excessive dialogue, I managed to continue reading. The novel does have a couple humorous moments, but they are much too far along. I was able to guess the conclusion prior to the end. It was a decent story, but prepare to wade through a lot of heartbreak and excessive verbiage to get there. ( )
  poetreegirl | Jan 11, 2014 |
This is a really enjoyable book. The plot is pretty obvious from the beginning, but the characters are very real. You really develop and emotional connection with them, and just want to see them end up happy at the end. ( )
  grandpahobo | Aug 23, 2013 |
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Jamie McCloone's early years in a grim, cruel orphanage have left him wary of people and anxious of change. Now in his early 40s, he has no dreams of changing his lonely life as a bachelor farmer until his kind-hearted neighbours, Patrick and Rose, decide he is in need of a wife.… (more)

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