Book Review: The Liberation of Brigid Dunne by Patricia Scanlan

March 25, 2020 Book review 6 ★★★★

Patricia Scanlan is one of my all time favourite authors. When I first read her books, in the late 1980s, I felt for the first time that here was an author writing about a world that I could relate easily to. So I’ve been a long time fan, and her writing style has altered over the years, but what hasn’t altered is that I can still readily relate to and empathise with her characters.

Book Review: The Liberation of Brigid Dunne by Patricia ScanlanThe Liberation of Brigid Dunne by Patricia Scanlan
Published by Simon & Schuster on April 30, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Women
Pages: 528
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

One explosive family reunion. A lifetime of secrets revealed.

When four feisty women from the same family get together at a family reunion, anything can happen…
Marie-Claire, betrayed by her partner Marc, plans to teach him a lesson he will never forget. She travels home from Toronto to Ireland, to the house of the Four Winds, for her great-aunt Reverend Mother Brigid’s eightieth birthday celebrations. It will be a long-awaited reunion for three generations of family, bringing together her mother, Keelin, and grandmother, Imelda - who have never quite got along.

And then all hell breaks loose.

Bitter, jealous Imelda makes a shocking revelation that forces them all to confront their pasts, admit mistakes, and face the truths that have shaped their lives. With four fierce, opinionated women in one family, will they ever be able to forgive the past and share a future?

And what of Marc?
It’s never too late to make amends…or is it?

Spanning generations and covering seismic shifts in the lives of women, The Liberation of Brigid Dunne is a compelling, thought-provoking, important and highly emotional novel from a trailblazing author in women's fiction.

BOOKLOVE ReReadable Tear Jerker Well Written

First Line of The Liberation of Brigid Dunne by Patricia Scanlan

“1953

She pulls her shabby black woollen coat tighter around her and wraps her scarf snuggly against her cheeks.”

My Thoughts

The Liberation of Brigid Dunne is a book about a nun. Not what I was expecting! But I fell in love with the entire cast of characters, and watching them make mistakes, learn from them, grow and muddle through life as best they can really warmed my heart.

The family dynamics jump from troubled to happy families and back to troubled. Which I feel really imitates life. I also loved the background of religion in the book, going from blindly following the catholic faith to everything woo woo. I thought it was handled with sensitivity and truth and it made for a refreshing theme.

Thinking hard about the characters now, I can’t even choose a favourite character, I really appreciated the depth of them all. I do have a very soft spot for Imelda (sister of Brigid), even though she seems obnoxious at first glance, but I totally get her and understand why she is so prickly.

If you want a moving book that tracks multi-generational family life with humour and sorrow, and you enjoy watching strong women on a journey of self discovery, then I recommend #TheLiberationofBrigidDunne by @patriciascanl18 Click To Tweet

I think the biggest compliment I can pay this book is that it diverted my attention from Covid19, giving my head and heart a welcome time out. No small feat.

Rating Report
Characters
five-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read The Liberation of Brigid Dunne by Patricia Scanlan?

If you want a moving book that tracks multi-generational family life with humour and sorrow, and enjoy watching strong women on a journey of self discovery, then I’d highly recommend this book to you. Fans of authors such as Sheila O’Flanagan, Diane Chamberlain and Carmel Harrington should also enjoy.

four-stars

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6 Responses to “Book Review: The Liberation of Brigid Dunne by Patricia Scanlan”

  1. Mystica

    I read and have reviewed this today on my blog. It was my first read of this author and I did find the generation as well as social differences between the women very interesting reading.

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