Saturday, October 4, 2008

Patti Lacy and An Irishwoman's Tale...


I got the chance to meet a wonderful lady at ACFW. She is bright, pretty and like a breath of fresh air when she enters the room. She breezes about with a trademark beautiful green scarf that makes you think immediately of Ireland. I believe there is a reason for that. Her name is Patti Lacy and her first novel released last month and it is called, "An Irishwoman's Tale".

Patti has taken women's fiction to an amazing place. This story takes us across an ocean, to a place that is painful to go, but a relief to reach. It brings us to a friendship sown of heartache and reaped in shared tears. I hurt for Mary as she would inch closer to opening up to her new friend Sally and then ached as she would share her past and open raw wounds. Patti has a unique tale to tell and a beautiful style with which to tell it. If you like women's fiction then this book is a much have for your personal library. She will transport you to places you wish you were (like Ireland) and take you back to places you wish you had never been (like being an unwanted, unloved child) and when you are done, you will take a deep breath and wish you had Sally's story to pick up and start reading so you wouldn't have to say good-bye to the characters you have just gotten to know.

I will highlight "An Irishwoman's Tale" more at the end of the month, but I'm going to start a giveaway for a copy of this book now. So leave a comment telling me what about Ireland intrigues you or why you might want to visit there someday (and of course your email address) and I will enter you in the drawing!


Carly said...

well... I think I'd like to see all the old ruins of Ireland and historical landmarks and such. please enter me for the drawing!

fecarly1 at yahoo dot com

SJ said...

I'm so jealous you got to go to ACFW! That would be SO fun!

Great post on Patti! I have been to Ireland (years ago) and loved it...would love to go back and see more.

Dont enter me in the drawing, though. My CFBA copy should be arriving soon. :o)

Thanks for visiting my blog (That Book Addiction)! I've enjoyed reading through yours!


Martha A. said...

I would love to visit Ireland, probably because I would love to travel anywhere, but it has such a sad history, I would love to fall in love with it now.

kalea_kane said...

I am part Irish, and I have always wanted to go to Ireland. I think mainly I want to see my roots. I would especially like the opportunity to see St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. I am also seriously interested in going to a real Irish Pub. I am a mutt as far as my ancestry goes, but the largest part of me is would be cool to explore that side. :)



patti said...

It's such a blessing to know these wonderful ladies love the land o' a thousand greens like I do.
I wish we could pack up our stuff and head to lovely Erin today.

Isn't this a GREAT blog?

windycindy said...

Hello, I have a friend who lives in Nova Scotia. A few years ago, she traveled to Ireland just for the authentic music and pubs. When I think of Ireland, I think of lovely moors and Irish dancing! Her story would be great to read during a cool Fall evening in front of our fireplace. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks.....Cindi

Lora Lease said...

Yes, I love Janna's blog! Go, Janna! :)

I have always wanted to visit Ireland, as one of my biggest passions is History, and Ireland has an amazing history! I would love to visit the castles, walk upon the moor, attend a festival, visit ancient monuments & a pub.

Please enter me in your drawing.

Cheryl said...

I have seen many pictures of Ireland and it seems so picturesque. I would love to visit there someday. Please enter me in the drawing. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Theresa N. said...

I'd love to go to Ireland for the beauty of the country alone. +The people, the language,..
Theresa N

traveler said...

I am fascinated with the beauty, history and the entire scenic uniqueness of this great place. What a great novel you are featuring. Thanks.

ellie said...

Ireland would be an absolute dream come true for me to visit. The lure of this country due to the historic sites, charm of its villages and lovely setting.

patti said...

When you do plan your trip, don't forget the wild Connemara region.

If you'd like to hike with a holy purpose, trod the rocky path St. Patrick climbed hundreds of years ago when he fasted and prayed at the top of Croagh Patrick for his country. A clear day will reward you with a view of over 360 dots o' green amid an azure sea.

hippmom said...

What beautiful country, I can only imagine. I have a strong Irish heritage - I would love to visit there someday.

Jolene said...

Years ago I read "How the Irish saved civilization" and was fascinated with the St. Patrick story. I think it would be interesting to walk where he walked and see what he saw

Please enter me in the contest


lisa said...

I think I need to get into the history of this country...I'm sorry to say I know very little about it! I do know the scenery is breath-taking!

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

patti said...

As Jolene said, a great start would be How the Irish Saved Civilization. Then I'd read Angela's Ashes for the sheer artistry of the language and the use of words. It's a triple-Kleenex box story, though...

Lucie said...

I would love to visit Ireland because the land is so lush and green. Beautiful! Also I am part Irish and I love listening to the accent of Irish people.

Please enter me. Thank you!


LucieInCA [at] aol [dot] com

Carole said...

I have always loved anything to do with Ireland - it's people, music, the beautiful countryside, etc. Here's a few things that come to mind:

1) Movies - Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Finnian's Rainbow

2) Riverdance

3) The story of St. Patrick

4) Celtic Woman

And I saved the best for last:
5) Keith & Kristyn Getty, who live in Belfast and wrote "In Christ Alone" and other great modern hymns.

I would love to read Patti's book. Thank you for this giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

patti said...

Thank you, Carole, for a great start-up list. Can you recommend a Getty CD?

I'm with you, Lucie. LOVE that brogue. Check out the book trailer at for a BEAUTIFUL Irish speaker (my friend Paula)
And top o' the mornin' to all of ye.

terry said...

I would love to visit Ireland to see its beautiful land, castles, and the people. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

terry said...

oops! Forgot to leave my email. azranch at internet-usa dot net. Thank you again.

Carla (Pioneerheart@PBS) said...

please enter me in drawing. :o)

~Carla pluumeria at cox dot net

Janna said...

And the winner is...

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com

But starting today you can sign up for another copy of An Irishwoman's Tale!