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Mary Pat Hyland is an award-winning, former newspaper journalist who writes novels and short stories set in upstate New York. In July 2013 she published her latest novel, a family saga called "The House With the Wraparound Porch." Her other works include the chicklit Maeve Kenny series: “The Cyber Miracles”; “A Sudden Gift of Fate”; and "A Wisdom of Owls". She has also written “3/17”, a St. Patrick’s Day riff on Dante’s “Inferno” and a Sept. 11-inspired suspense novel, "The Terminal Diner". Her work is inspired by authors such as Eudora Welty, Anne Tyler, John Irving, Maeve Binchy, Frank McCourt and Flannery O’Connor and influenced by her Irish-American heritage. Hyland’s interests include Finger Lakes wines, the Irish language, gardening and cooking.
on Oct. 26, 2014 :
The House With The Wraparound Porch, a novel by Mary Pat Hyland, opens in 1920 and ends in 2005 and tells the story of four generations of a family from New York's Keuka Lake area. The author brings to the reader a beautifully told saga filled with rich details and memorable characters. The heart of this story is family and the complex relationships within it. By using smooth prose, each character comes alive and the reader becomes engrossed in their quest for their own identity.
I found this to be a heartwarming story and well worth reading.
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(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 02, 2014 :
A good enjoyable family saga, compete with a picture of Fried Cakes at the end to leave you salivating late at night. A read again type of novel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)