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Published in the UK as A Family Reunion.

The number one best seller.  

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 her revenge to teach him a lesson he will never forget. She travels from Toronto, home to Ireland, to the house of the Four Winds, for her great-aunt Reverend Mother Brigid’s 80th 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.

©2020 Patricia Scanlan (P)2020 Simon & Schuster UK

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too long too sugary too many cliches

the characters were cardboard cut outs and very over written. the romance betwern Keelin and the priest was laughable...not for me

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Enjoyable but biased in favour of Repeal 8th

I loved the story and narrator did great job. As you found out more about Imelda you began to feel some sympathy for her. She her own worst enemy. However only the arguments in favour of Repealing 8th were mentioned. The No voters not mentioned and Mary Magdalene theories play large part in this book which I don't agree with. They were mentioned in Orange Blossom Days but not as much as in this. Fair enough if that Patrica beliefs but don't force them on her readers. I can understand talking of Repeal the 8th but both sides of argument should be mentioned and it was innacurate to say no dancing and just mood of quiet relief . That was not scenes shown on news. Patricia entitled to her views but not to force them on readers. She forgot to mention when saying that women had control of their bodies that half of babies being killed were women who had no choice.
If she had left her personal views out of book would have given it 5*.

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very enjoyable

Quite thought provoking with an unexpected twist near the end. Looking forward to Patricias next book.

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excellent

From start to finish, this is a fantastic read. The narrator really brings the story to life. Didn't want it to end.