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.
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(Friday, May 29, 2015)
One Year by Mary McDonough
Loved the author's other works about the life of being on the Waltons's family TV shows. This one I like mostly for the different ages being covered.
As a family event is occurring we are able to hear from the three main women and their perspective on the day and how it effects them.
Things with the historical society effect them all as one hedge fund conniver wants into their circle and he brings money to the table...
Love how the family all come together in times of need, medical help and just to be there for others. Surprised at the reversal of Mary's outlook on life after a discussion with her eldest son.
I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review