When All Is Said

By Anne Griffin

When All Is Said: A Novel by [Griffin, Anne]

5 out of 5 stars

What a lovely, lovely book! I really didn’t think that I could fall in love with such a curmudgeonly old man, but I did.

During the course of one night, we learn all about the life of Maurice Hannigan. As he sits at a bar in a hotel in Ireland, he raises his glass five times. One for his beloved older brother whose death he never really got over. One for his sister-in-law, who even with her mental issues, touched his life. One for his baby daughter Molly who never got a chance on earth. One for his son Kevin, who he talks to throughout the book and one for his beloved wife Sadie. Along with his feelings about all of them, we travel through his past, the things he regrets and how he got to be who he is. He is not a big old teddy bear and he knows it. All of his remembering is leading to a plan he has set into motion. A plan that left me filled with emotion as I read on.

I was in tears or near tears throughout this whole story. There was a lump in my throat. In my mind, I heard that lovely Irish brogue in all the words. There is a serene feeling in this story, a quietness that fit the character of Maurice. He is a wonderful character, flaws and all and this story will stick with me for a while.

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this wonderful book.


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