Sally G. (Saint Johns, FL)
We read the Coming of Age books but this is the opposite. This book is the Autumn of Age. It is a great story of a Mom with six daughters all different personalities of course. What has happened to make Mimi a little withdrawn and why do her girls think there is some secret that is with held from them.
This is a book for Mothers and Daughters and even has an edge of romance to the story.
Teresa R. (Evansville, IN)
Actually, somewhere between a 3 and a 4
I liked this book... Thought that it was well-written and held my interest. It just seemed like a mix between chick-lit and something much deeper. For me, there wasn't enough story development surrounding the Irish customs - just a few more paragraphs could have better explained the step-mother's background and Irish culture. I just couldn't make the shift for modern day problems ... Assisted living, adult bossy children to old Irish folklore and customs. It peaked my interest enough to research the customs, but I felt more explanation was needed in the book to create the segue way between the generations.
Roe P. (Massapequa Park, NY)
Mimi Malloy finds herself
This book is not the sort of book that will make you feel good...but it will show you how you can learn to live with many misfortunes that come your way. Mimi is entering senior-hood and with her large family of sisters and daughters she reflects on her past and begins to remember some of the incidents in her life that she might have liked to forget. It seems a family member has started a search about their family-tree and they get Mimi involved, much against her wishes. Mimi is a staunch and stubborn Irish woman and sometimes feels like her family is taking over her life... telling her how to live, etc. By the end of the story you will learn just how much her family really means to her. Along the way a new love interest comes along ...We are introduced to many characters, both dead and alive. You will learn about some Irish beliefs that I suspect are still called upon today. There is a family mystery involved and by the end of the story everything is resolved.
Carol T. (Ankeny, IA)
Mimi survives - and thrives
My mother was born nearly the same year as Mimi, the middle of 10 children, 7 of them girls. She has never talked about her childhood and steered us away when we tried to ask. She had no missing sisters and her parents lived to ripe old age, but there is something about that era that keeps many people from discussing - or even remembering - it; whether the reasons be deep family secrets or the hardship of growing up on a farm during the depression. Hurrah for Mimi and the women in her family who, however, unwillingly, face the past so they can face the future.