Naked Mommy

Rated 3.00/5 based on 8 reviews
Two brothers, once inseparable, now irreconcilable, brawl and bumble over the most beautiful woman in town. What they don’t know is that Nuala Macree is a ferocious eco-activist with her sights on a corporation buying up the rights to her beloved town’s pristine spring water.  The two battles lead the brothers to sense, manhood and hospital, and Nuala into a world of impossible resentments.

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About Aidan Parkinson

I'm from Ireland and I live in the US. I have written lots of plays, am a professional actor and Naked Mommy is the first of The Lake Trilogy. I have a lot of stories to tell and am hoping I still have enough time.


Review by: Quentin Stewart on Aug. 22, 2012 :
I found this book to be difficult to read and follow. It is difficult to understand if the author is putting down the Irish or if an Irish setting just seemed to be the best place to start. The three main characters are well defined and most of the story is told through their minds' ramblings. The thing that drew all of the characters outside characters to this place and time is the real star of the book and that is the lake and maybe more time should have been spent telling the reader about the lake.

Though difficult to read and follow at times it was an interesting read. In the end about everyone gets naked. But also I think everyone, main characters, gets what they want out of life. They all appear in this small Irish town and after the events there, all of them find what they were seeking, happiness. Interesting book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ezinwanyi on Feb. 07, 2012 :
Intrigued by the cover and the title. This book was wordy. It became laborious to read. I guess I was expecting that romance novel feeling but it wasn't that type of novel.

In this book, we are introduced to two brothers, Liam and Mel Caffrey that fall for the same woman. The brothers grew up together, but ended up on very different paths. Liam Caffrey is a budding criminal and his Mel Caffrey is man of faith.

Nuala Macree, a new mother, arrives in town to join an activist group protesting a corporate takeover of water rights. Both man are suddenly captivated by her beautiful and grit. Nuala comes with some baggage. She is a little cynical due to her failed relationship, but she has a baby boy in tow. I don’t think either brother really knew what they were embarking on, when they decided to woo her.

You have a monk who is “lost” and trying to find his way back, and then you have a common criminal vying for the affections of a militant lady who has an axe to grind.

The book had some humorous parts, but overall was too wordy for me. I had a hard time staying interested in this book as it went on. I didn’t connect with the writing style. Although I liked the way the story was told, as if each character was talking to me. This book might appeal more to someone who would enjoy the Irish references and could picture the scenery.

It was an okay read, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. I prefer more of the angst-filled romance.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Jan. 21, 2012 : (no rating)
Naked Mommy features to brothers who are in love with the same woman. What guys won't do for love!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: MrsFlicker on Jan. 03, 2012 :
Naked Mommy is a puzzling story. Its plot it not difficult. Basically, it presents the story of how three characters come together and interact--or don't act--as they move through life. Two brothers fight over a woman who wants neither. It is an old story. The puzzle, for me, lies in what the author leaves unexplored.

I am puzzled as to why the Irish background of the novel is left unexplored. The local language used in the story hints at setting, but it is not enough. Take the language out, and the story could happen anywhere that a naturally occuring, glacier-fed lake exists (New Hampshire, maybe?). So, then, why is Ireland important?

I am puzzled as to why Mel's rejection of a life-long choice was not explored more dramatically. It is one thing, perhaps, to no longer wish to be a priest. It is quite another to declare oneself "god-less". Why include the information only to ignore it in the end?

I could go on, but find it sufficient to say that, while I do not regret reading the novel, I am not sure that I would pick it up again. I am alos not sure what I would say to someone else about reading it. My best reason for suggesting that others read the book is to see if my puzzled reaction is unique or not.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Diane Johnston on Dec. 29, 2011 :
This is the story of two Irish brothers who become obsessed with the same woman, someone they grew up with who'd moved away and has recently returned with a baby in arms. Liam and Mel Caffrey are brothers who grew up close but now have very different lives. Liam is a local crook and Mel became a monk but has lost his faith and is home to pick up the pieces of his life and find a new road.

Nuala Macree has been traveling and living in Spain where she had an affair with a bullfighter, resulting in the baby. She's home in Ireland now because the affair ended badly and a big corporation is threatening to take over the local lake and water rights. She's an activist and has joined the local protest group against this happening. She's also very beautiful and has caught the eye of the Caffrey brothers, both of which are determined to have her for their own.

Liam has bought a big old house and is renovating it with the view to impressing Nuala and Mel is just trying to work out how to talk to Nuala without making a total eejit of himself and failing badly. The book ends with a party in Liam's house which ends in disaster, literally as well as figuratively.

The book is written mainly from the points of view of all three main characters but you get glimpses from the minds of several others as well, and is written in local vernacular, just as if you were listening to them think or speak. It's fun and lighthearted and full of quirky characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: breezywriter on Dec. 25, 2011 :
A story as old as time - - two men in love with one woman. To complicate things, the two men are brothers. I wasn't especially fond of this book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: trish earl on Dec. 19, 2011 :
What's wrong with two brothers falling for the same woman? Tons! Nuala has just moved to town and she has the cutest little baby boy. Caffery and Mel would sell their souls to be her mate. This book is a pleasure to read and won't leave you wanting. Definitely recommend.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ciska on Dec. 15, 2011 :
Aidan Parkinson is originally from Dublin but living in Boston. He writes plays and is an actor, mostly in the Irish theater circuit. Naked Mommy is his first novel. For more information in him and his works visit

The Naked Mommy tells the story of two brothers, inseparable as children but grown apart as adults. Liam Caffrey is a crook and petty thief who would love to settle and get a family life in his big house. Mel Caffrey grew up to be a monk but lost faith and has to move out of the monastery. At the same time another person is returning to town. Nuala Macree, eco activist and extremely beautiful. As soon as the men spot Nuala both plan on making her his wife, which causes even more tension between the two brothers than their different choices in live have ever done.
What they do not know is that Nuala only came back to town to help with a protest against a company wanting to make a water reservoir of the lake close to the town. While everyone is working to achieve their own goal, the town is awaiting a surprise as not expected.

The reason I singed up for this book at the member giveaway program on Librarything was because I could think what the title of the book had to do with the description. My curiosity was woken. In the first three chapters of the book you get introduced to the three main characters, they are put down pretty clear and you get an introduction in their goals, or lack of them, immediately. Fortunately for me you know the meaning behind the title after tree chapters too. The writer used a lot of 'local' words while telling the story. This does help setting the atmosphere along with the very descriptive ways of telling what the scenes are looking like. You really get the feeling you are sitting in a corner of a pub looking at people talking over a pint. Sometimes I was a bit overwhelmed though with the amount of details. It made me loose track of the story sometimes and I had to reread parts to get back on track again. The use of such specific words makes it harder to for people with a different mother tongue to read too (i am a native dutch)
Despite the heavy subjects, big cooperations taking over towns/ nature for their own profit, love and important life choices the author managed to keep the tone light and at points the book has a funny light sarcastic tone making fun of it all. This makes the book a nice entertaining read.

Some of the notes I made while reading:
The first chapter has a bit of a weird end. You got the feeling you are listening to a men thinking about his life and all of a sudden in three lines you are 4 weeks further.
Sr Teresa and Sister Teresa, after her introduction she is called Sr. Teresa for a while and at the end of the book she is back at being Sister Teresa.
The amount of details made getting into the story a bit of a struggle for me, needed to read more pages to get back in the flow of the story

Overall probably not a book I would read again but surely no loss of time either.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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