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on 26 March 2015
I could not put this book down - I was very surprised to read that this is Christina McKenna first fiction - hope that there are many more books to read by this same author in the future.

Set in Ireland in the 1930s and 70s, James is a 40 year old orphan struggling with life and wanting a relationship, but doesn't know how to go about meeting a lady. Lydia, a 40 single lady living with her mother and knowing there is more to life wanting to discover more.

The back story - which is told every alternative chapter, of James is heartbreaking. This book was entertaining and emotional - I was hooked.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 September 2017
The redemptive power of love is explored through the story of the characters in this memorable novel.
Beautifully written in a setting brought to life through the writing of McKenna. Rarely do people's lives travel along the paths they have envisaged for themselves and that is the case with the characters in The Mmisremembered Man . The reader is drawn into their lives and and can almost taste their hopes and dreams as they, the characters, fulfil their responsibilities and go about their dating lives. A delightful read which gives food for thought and window into a different way of life .
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 9 August 2018
As soon as I started reading this book I realised it was a gem. The descriptive writing is beautiful in a way which seems only possible by an Irish writer. Her choice of adjectives is always surprising. I loved the characters and had trouble envisaging them. Her dialogue is also wonderful and had me laughing out loud. Interspersed between the humour and sheer slapstick is a very sad tale of abuse. It was sometimes difficult to read. The story is delightful and thankfully has a happy ending. The author does not hold back in her portrayal of the cruel practices of the Catholic church in its treatment of children in care. The Protestant church is not spared criticism either. I sincerely hope we see a lot more books by this author. She is refreshing, funny and insightful.
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on 19 March 2018
This book made me laugh, cry, and get angry. It is a romantic tale with an interesting twist.

McKenna takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster through the dark past of recent Irish history and the consequences inflicted on the two (2) heroes of the story.

There are moments of outrageous comedy in this book. As with any romance, coincidence is a vital component. McKenna constructs these coincidences with sufficient believability that the reader can forgive the author.

The cruelties suffered by Jamie and Lydia made me angry. These cruelties are based in Irish history and culture.

As the story reached its climax, I found myself crying as the world collapsed around Jamie and Lydia was coming to the rescue. This was very tense writing and well done.

This story could only have come of the place of Northern Ireland, and the time of the late twentieth century. McKenna has made these characters believable and the reader becomes heavily invested in their welfare.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 September 2016
This is the best read I have had for a very long time. If there was 6 stars, that's what I'd give it. A wonderful story, at times tragic and heartrending, in others laugh-out-loud funny. I adored the characters and their conversations, mannerisms and perspectives on life. I am now relishing devouring Ms McKenna's other stories with eager anticipation.
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on 23 June 2017
Raw and terrible truths wrapped in humour, gentleness, and deep humanity. McKenna reveals the suffering we should all be aware of with great skill - achingly sad yet ultimately uplifting. Crushing cruelty offset by the redemptive power of kindness and hope; along with a keenly observed capturing of time, place - the minutiae of life made this novel, despite its grim subject, a joy to read.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 February 2015
A beautifully written story, which is heartbeaking when the reader learns of the unimaginable cruelty that is inflicted on Jamie as a child and the effect it has on him as an adult. Rose and Paddy are his saviours, particularly following the death of his beloved Uncle Mick, and bring much needed relief to the story, especially after the chapters about Jamie's upbringing. Not that there is a blow-by-blow description, just enough to make you want to deal to the perpetrators of such heinous acts against defenceless children.

And then there is "Lydeea", an equally tortured soul. You can't help but be drawn to these characters in a story that is both tragic and funny and very real, with an ending that was not as I expected. Highly recommend this book.
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on 29 September 2015
"The Misremembered Man" is a sad but also amusing novel with the plot centred on the loneliness of two people who are affected by circumstances of their childhood experience. The writer handles the situations with skill and has an interesting manner of injecting humour into her language. The setting is Ireland where Jamie McLoone exists in a sterile life, living on a small farm inherited from the loved man he calls his Uncle Mick. Jamie has been abandoned as a baby, left in a shopping bag on the steps of St Agnes Little Sisters of Charity Convent in 1934. The Sisters show no charity as they treat children in their care without affection but with great cruelty. It is little wonder Jamie becomes the misremembered man as he has no name but is called 86 throughout his childhood in which he suffers sexual abuse as he's passed over to male discipline. He is eventually rescued around thirteen by Mick and his wife, Alice, who give him his name and love. Their deaths leave him to a lonely life of heavy drinking and loneliness from
which his only friends, neighbours Paddy and Rosie hope to rescue him by encouraging him to seek a wife. The result of this does lead to an hilarious situation .
Lydia Devine is a teacher in early middle age and kept very much frustrated by her domineering mother who treats her as a child. Lydia has never tasted alcohol, flown in a plane or travelled in a fast car. In a parallel situation, Lydia also has a friend who encourages her to break out, encouraging her to seek romance - the last thing Mother would want. The reader should not get carried to conclusions. The book is not all gloom but becomes an amusing insight into small-town life despite the situations outlined.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 July 2018
I won't go into the story line of this novel as that is outlined in the kindle purchase. This book was incredibly well written and has depth and understanding related to historical and complex life issues. To sum up a compelling to read.
I loved the book and will be seeking more from this very talented author.
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on 29 May 2017
A good holiday read with many funny moments that had me laughing intermingled with the deepest sadness of the pain inflicted on innocent children raised in orphanages by people who were supposed to care for them.
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