|What Matters Most BOOK SYNOPSIS|
Two long ago lovers have returned to Ireland in search of the son they gave up for adoption 20 years before. Bernie Sullivan, now Sister Bernadette, and Tom Kelly who will give up his life and fortune just to be near the woman he has never stopped loving.
This amorous tale also involves two young orphans who grew up inseparable at the St. Augustine's Children Home in Ireland, until fate steps in and breaks them apart. The grown orphan dreams of being reunited with the "only" family he has ever known. Miracle and love binds these four people together in a tender love story that lasts through time and the bewitching landscapes of Ireland.
|QUEENIE B SAYS|
Forever love defines these characters. It's like they are right out of a Reba McIntire song, only we are talking Ireland and the banks of Connecticut.
What Matters Most is a romantic read with a bit of mystery and treachery. I have to say that I was very disappointed, actually downright angry, at Bernie for giving up her child for adoption. I mean, here is a woman about to become a nun and she couldn't find a better place for her unborn child to go? And Tom Kelly, he loved her so much, he had family, why didn't he persist and take the baby on himself? He could have had a piece of his true love to raise at least. The fact that they left him in an orphanage was really awful. I find the characters weak and unforgivable because of this. Come on Sister Bernadette - buck up and raise your child!
When all is said and read, the love doesn't quite earn the trait of undying. Luanne Rice does a good job of defining the characters, but they are so flawed. Does she mean to do that?
|What Matters Most DISCUSSION QUESTIONS|
- Did Sister Bernadette,(Bernie) make the right decision giving up her baby for adoption?
- Why didn't Semus look harder for Kathleen once he was grown up?
- Why didn't Tom put his foot down and take the child himself, after all he was rich?
- Why did Kathleen give herself up to the drunken insincere rich boy Pierce?
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AUTHOR(S): Luanne Rice
TYPE OF BOOK: Fiction
NUMBER OF PAGES: 287
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2007
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