by Ann Patchett
★★★★★ This story is so well written and so engrossing that the story feels like part of my own memories. I happily ran across the book as a freebie with Kindle Unlimited and settled in for a great read. One of my all time favorites.
★★★★★ Well written book. The story had rich characters and I liked how the author developed these characters over many years.
★★★★★ My first exposure to Ann Patchett’s writing was “The Magician’s Assistant” – and I was instantly hooked and had to find more of her work. She definitely didn’t disappoint with this story – her characters are believable and she really brings them to life!
★★★★★ I couldn’t read this book fast enough–just didn’t want it to end! First Ann Patchett book I’ve ever read–but it won’t be my last!! Highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good read.
★★★★★ As always, Ann Patchett is a wonderful story teller. This story is based on secrets and lies that braid the characters together in a way that is sometimes sweet and other times jarring. A great read!
In 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett launched her remarkable career with the publication of her debut novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. On this 25th anniversary, read the best-selling book that is “beautifully written . . . a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion” (Boston Herald).
St. Elizabeth’s, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs. But when Cecilia is born, Rose makes a place for herself and her daughter amid St. Elizabeth’s extended family of nuns and an ever-changing collection of pregnant teenage girls. Rose’s past won’t be kept away, though, even by St. Elizabeth’s; she cannot remain untouched by what she has left behind, even as she cannot change who she has become in the leaving.