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When sweet talking Mick Brogan dies his young wife Cathleen struggles to bring up their daughters in their rented rooms in 1960s North London She is comforted by Father Jerry her husband’s cousin and a priest generally. Novel set in Ireland a perfect snapshot of rural lifeThis delightful read at one go novel provides a perfect snapshot of life in rural Ireland in the early 60’s and also a poignant view of the difficulties faced by Irish migrants coming to London in search of work A Good Confession is superficially a simple story well told and easy to read and yet it is also disturbing For those of us who have lived through the early 60’s it serves as an unsettling reminder of all that was awful about that periodThe novel opens with a tragedy young Cathleen Brogan’s husband Mick dies leaving her to bring up two young girls in miserable rented rooms in 1960’s London Mick has been working as a labourer and his death leaves her with virtually no income Life looks pretty desperate but then Father Jerry Mick’s cousin turns up to comfort her The Irish community regard Father Jerry as something of a saint and it isn’t long before Cathleen finds herself growing a bit too fond of him Seeking comfort from confession she doesn’t realise that she is actually baring her soul to the man she lovesIf this was all there was to this novel it would be simple indeed but under this haunting story there is a subtext Whelan manages a very subtle but nonetheless effective criticism of the priesthood She conveys the way in which priests in that period were revered to the point of idolatry by Catholic communities Sometimes it makes you laugh as when Kitty Cathleen’s mother gloats over the superiority of Father Jerry to her friend’s family priest “Father Pius Pity face in Patagonia” But Whelan also reminds us that this same reverence masked the corruption and cruelty which was an integral part of the Catholic Church at that time and the ending of the novel highlights the arrogance that it was all too easy for priests to fall intoWhelan is a very skilful writer; her characterisation is masterful and she has captured the cadences of Irish speech perfectly Cathleen’s mother Kitty is a delight not least because of her colourful turn of phrase But the real power is in her depiction of the less admirable characters The hypocritical headmistress of the girls’ school will live with me for some time and the hideous Thady is a superb creation The author I note is a prize winning short story writer and that doesn’t surprise me in the least This novel has the tight structure of a short story with not a single paragraph wasted and it is this that makes it such a page turnerA Good Confession doesn’t give the reader a sense of place so much as a sense of time The rural Ireland of the early 60’s is recreated powerfully; Whelan doesn’t spare the reader any of the elements – poverty prejudice ignorance and cruelty and all overlaid with a veneer of religion It might well prompt the reader however to visit Farran County Cork to see hopefully how much better it is now Lost Loves: Exploring Rama's Anguish talking Mick Brogan dies his young wife Cathleen struggles English Bites to bring up Naughty Men their daughters in Miserable Success (Short) their rented rooms in 1960s North London She is comforted by Father Jerry her husband’s cousin and a priest generally. 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This was originally posted on Book LoversIncMy Thoughts I had no idea how I was going to review and rate this book A good Confession was some kind of challenge for me because it’s out of my ‘comfort zone’ but sometimes it’s a good thing to try new things Let’s just say I had a shaky start because I began crying from chapter 1 and I hate crying but that was bound to happen when you start a book with a deathI’m torn it would have been easier if I had not liked this book I really enjoyed reading A Good Confession but it went against all the things I love eg the ending From the book synopsis I jumped to the conclusion that this book was mostly about forbidden lovewell it is but it’s not the main part of the book For me it’s about what happens after mourning for your husbandHow to go on with your life It’s about Cathleen’s journey to new beginnings Cathleen finds comfort in Father Jerry Brogan and it’s not until halfway through the book that things really change between them I loved reading about Cathleen and her girls and the scenes in Ireland looked ‘authentic’ I felt like I was there The writing style is compelling and Bridget Whelan succeeded in making me crave for this sense of community I was longing for IrelandI need to mention something that I wasn’t used too anywell let’s say I’m used to ‘explicit’ sex scenes lol I know you are too but this book is very ‘chaste’ There was a scene with a lot of potential but it went from ‘they kissed’ to ‘the next morning’argh out of the page Sex scenes are frustrating when you’re not used to it But that’s only my dirty minded opinion winkBridget Whelan did something impossibleshe helped me understand priests I never understood their motivations I’m not a religious person but by the end of the book I understood Father Jerry loves his congregation I’m not sure that’s the right word and they love him He care for them and like a good leader he helps them he’s not just praying for them he acts he starts helping single Irish immigrates write letters ‘home’ The fact that he loves being a priest and being part of a community is the reason why I accepted the endingWhat about the ending I’m the HEA loverthat being said the author made the best choice for the ending It’s not what I wanted but it was the most logical one I would have hated if thing had happened differently There’s hope at the end and that’s than Cathleen would have had otherwise See this is why this book was a challenge for me I’m left here rethinking my definition of a Happy Ever After The I think about it the I like Cathleen’s choice in the last sceneI was surprised by how easy it was to read A Good Confession I didn’t want to stop reading I was trying to rate this book but it’s so different than what I'm used to that I just can’t rate it in comparison to what I usually readI would give it 4 ‘Out of my comfort zone’ Bookies It’s a very good book and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it Unprincess! things The Quickening that can’t be said anywhere else not realizing Women and Partition: A Reader that she is confessing Rabindranath Tagore: The Renaissance Man to Tata Log the man she lovesWhen a Partition: The Long Shadow tragedy forces Cathleen back Tatalog: Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution to Ireland she must face Getting Granny's Glasses the Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits truth and accept The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight the conseuences of such a forbidden lo. 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