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Saints for All Occasions [PDF / Epub] ★ Saints for All Occasions Author J. Courtney Sullivan – Thomashillier.co.uk A sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apartNora and Theresa Flyn A sweeping, unforgettable novel from The New York Times best selling author of Maine, about the hope, sacrifice, and love between two sisters and the secret that drives them apartNora and Theresa Flynn are twenty one and seventeen when they Saints for Epub / leave their small village in Ireland and journey to America Nora is the responsible sister she s shy and serious and engaged to a man she isn t sure that she loves Theresa is gregarious she is thrilled by their new life in Boston and besotted with the fashionable dresses and dance halls on Dudley Street But when Theresa ends up pregnant, Nora is forced to come up with a plan a decision with repercussions they are both far too young to understand Fifty years later, Nora is the matriarch of a big Catholic family with four grown children John, a successful, if opportunistic, political consultant Bridget, privately preparing to have a baby with her girlfriend Brian, at loose ends after a failed baseball career and Patrick, Nora s favorite, the beautiful boy who gives her no end of heartache Estranged from her sister and cut off from the world, Theresa is a cloistered nun, living in an abbey in rural Vermont Until, after decades of silence, a sudden death forces Nora and Theresa to confront the choices they made so long ago A graceful, supremely moving novel from one of our most beloved writers, Saints for All Occasions explores the fascinating, funny, and sometimes achingly sad ways a secret at the heart of one family both breaks them and binds them together.


10 thoughts on “Saints for All Occasions

  1. Always Pouting Always Pouting says:

    Nora is Theresa s older sister and constantly worries about Theresa, especially since their mother died Nora feels like it is her responsibility to take care of Theresa and so when Nora s fiance moves to the US Nora asks him to send for both her and Theresa Charlie, Nora s fiance, eventually saves up enough for both sisters to come over from Ireland and the two journey out together Theresa is excited for all the opportunities available to her and begins to pursue her education, meanwhile Nora Nora is Theresa s older sister and constantly worries about Theresa, especially since their mother died Nora feels like it is her responsibility to take care of Theresa and so when Nora s fiance moves to the US Nora asks him to send for both her and Theresa Charlie, Nora s fiance, eventually saves up enough for both sisters to come over from Ireland and the two journey out together Theresa is excited for all the opportunities available to her and begins to pursue her education, meanwhile Nora struggles with her new life and promise to marry Charlie Then when Theresa makes a mistake Nora steps up to take care of it and Theresa which means having to marry Charlie The story interweaves the past and the present, where Nora in the present day must deal with the death of her eldest son Patrick, who had always been her favorite and the fall out between her and Theresa I really enjoyed this family drama, I usually tend to enjoy family dramas for whatever reason The writing was really great and I loved both sisters The story felt like it lost some steam towards the end but it might be because it was building up to Theresa and Nora s reconciliation and so once Theresa actually showed up at Patrick s funeral and nothing really happened it felt anticlimactic It was realistic but I m not sure how satisfying it was but I guess there s never any neat closure in life is there I do think its really unfair of Theresa though to try and make the decision for Nora about telling Patrick because it doesn t feel like it s her place to do so any Even though she never gave him up willingly, I just feel like she should have been muchappreciative of what Nora did for her and gave up for her I don t think Theresa would have been able to take care of Patrick as well in the situation It was really enjoyable to read this though, even though religion tends to turn me off in books The plot line and ideas behind the book aren t unique ones but they re executed well.Also before I go I want to say that John is underappreciated and I m so sad about it, like why doesn t anyone else love John the way I do, John deserves all the love


  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    4.5 I has been quite a while since I have read a family generational novel, a family drama if you will, though in this the drama is kept to a minimum, at least in the telling Two sisters, Nora 21 and Theresa arrive from Ireland, they have traveled alone so that Nora can marry her boyfriend who had arrived previously Let s just say that things do not work out as planned and the two sisters will take different paths, but always connected by a secret.I loved the way this story was told, so natu 4.5 I has been quite a while since I have read a family generational novel, a family drama if you will, though in this the drama is kept to a minimum, at least in the telling Two sisters, Nora 21 and Theresa arrive from Ireland, they have traveled alone so that Nora can marry her boyfriend who had arrived previously Let s just say that things do not work out as planned and the two sisters will take different paths, but always connected by a secret.I loved the way this story was told, so natural and unassuming The way the author uses the framing of a death to tell her story of lives lived Fell in love with these characters, their past, their personalities, flawed and so very real, felt as if they could he family members we get to know them so well Parts take place in a contemplative Abbey and I enjoyed learning of the lives of the sisters who lived within Secrets, the complicated roles of family members, feelings, thoughts, the families we make and the families we are born to are all themes How an unexpected happening can affect our personalities and the roles we assume in the future The changes that result and that we must find a life despite our choices I loved so much about this book, a book whose situations called for drama and yet the author manages to hold back, not let the story descend into a soap opera Was quite sad to let these characters go, but so glad to have read their story


  3. Dem Dem says:

    Every now and then a book comes along that is so good you think the author must have written it with just ME in Mind Well I think courtney Sullivan wrote this book just for me as I loved every moment spent with this novel and I am starting to miss the characters already.image The Story of Irish Immigration is always close to my heart and I never tire of Non fiction accounts or Historical fiction done well and not too IRISHED up I think Courtney Sullivan gets it right, this was Ireland of the Every now and then a book comes along that is so good you think the author must have written it with just ME in Mind Well I think courtney Sullivan wrote this book just for me as I loved every moment spent with this novel and I am starting to miss the characters already.image The Story of Irish Immigration is always close to my heart and I never tire of Non fiction accounts or Historical fiction done well and not too IRISHED up I think Courtney Sullivan gets it right, this was Ireland of the 50s, this was Irish Immigration of the 50s and this was the Irish settling in America and raising their American Children in the 60s 70s and I have listened to numerous Aunts and Uncles stories over the years and Saints for all Occasions captures the Journey, the emotions and feel of the time for me The plot is well paced and entertaining and the characters are real Irish Women, living in fear of the church, of their families, their communities and mostly in fear of themselves Making do with..and putting up with just to safe face I loved the characters of Nora and Theresa and their complicated relationships with each other and their families I rated this Book 5 stars because its just a good old fashioned story, beautifully written, that touched me and I found myself looking forward to picking up this book every evening to learnabout the Flynn sisters.I think this would make an interesting book club as so much to discuss in this one view spoiler I think there is one teeny tiny error at the beginning of the novel, but its too teeny tiny to even mention hide spoiler


  4. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Death reunites Irish Immigrants..and not without a complicated story Since I m Jewish I had to work harder in trying to understand the title of this book For one thing I wasn t sure what Saints were referring to Seems to me with so many disheartening unhappy characters these Iris Catholics might have wished personal visits from their holy saints DEATH..of Patrick first born child was considered Nora s FAVORITE child We are told towards the start of this novel Red fl Death reunites Irish Immigrants..and not without a complicated story Since I m Jewish I had to work harder in trying to understand the title of this book For one thing I wasn t sure what Saints were referring to Seems to me with so many disheartening unhappy characters these Iris Catholics might have wished personal visits from their holy saints DEATH..of Patrick first born child was considered Nora s FAVORITE child We are told towards the start of this novel Red flags went up for me what type of mother so easily says they have a favorite child Then I thought about the name Patrick Saint Patrick Saint Patrick of Ireland American born My mind was going batty so I needed to stop thinking and just keep reading I was pulled in right away which I always appreciateIt s just that it took me a long time to stop thinking about Patrick because his birth was literally and figuratively life changing for many His death was tragic but we know so little about him We knowabout the pain his birth and death created for others those who loved him In the meantime there was a WHOLE LOT OF LIVING GOING ON WITH THE REST OF THE FAMILY Nora and Theresa are sisters They are different as sisters can be anybody who has a sister directly understands or a mother of two daughters knows this first hand too..So it s no different in Courtney Sullivan s novel Nora is the older sister considers herself responsible accountable and I might add contributed to her sister and children s suffering suppression and secrets As far as her husband Charlie he was pretty much chopped liver from the get go.He was an incidental underdeveloped character, but Nora needed a husband to make those babies His death didn t cause much pause in the grand scheme of this story The heart of this story belongs to the two sisters..so many lost years between them resentments withheld communications but mostly their love was suppressed by the circumstances of their choices and pride I really felt sad thinking about these sisters My own two daughters different as night and day aren t close I love them both they both have full active successful passionate careers live hundreds of miles away from each other Years go by without them having much of a relationship I can t force a close relationship on them all I can do is love them both and of course I wish things were a little brighter for them together.Me on the other hand I m connected at the hip with my sister I love her so much at times it hurts We know each other better than anyone in the world We share a history from our childhood not an easy one but one that only she and I know as we do THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT BOOKS ABOUT SISTERS that touch some of us YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE very deeply We look at their problems with bigger eyes Theresa the younger sister was muchorganically gregarious than Nora however once an Irish sin was discovered and I didn t see any saints coming to save the day , Theresa wasn t her perky bouncy dancing butterfly any longer She decides to runaway but promises to return First she becomes a teacher something Nora really had wished to be and later turns to her religious faith and finds solice as a cloistered nun But while Theresa becomes peaceful in her own skin having let go of anger Nora wore a scarf of bitterness At times Nora took off her bitterness scarf but it was never far away from her Sad really but I guess she represented a type of Irish women of the times Irish novels continue to expand my awareness through their history and culture I ve come to love reading about families and community from Ireland Just because Nora and Theresa stopped talking to one another for thirty years doesn t mean they weren t carrying around the heavy weight of each other.anger resentments sadness guilt fear memories upon memories egos and deep down love and forgiveness I suppose those SAINTS were floating around in this novel. very quietly Nora raised 4 kids Besides Patrick, her favorite who was drunk at the wheel of a car when he died each of her other adult children suffered quietly with problems and or secrets John, the politician.but working for the opposition party Bridgetwho was gay hasn t told her mother but really Nora was in denial she knew and Brianhe was a little lost in the world he was bartending for his brother Patrick, at the time of his death I got a lot of value from this book As a pure family relationship novel it was as excellent as any I ve read..but with the added element of this Irish Catholic World.It was inspiring to know that religious conservative taboos were changing and continued to change I was reminded again of how much I learned and enjoyed The Heart s Invisible Furies , by John Boyne..This story is very different yet both books gave me a deep appreciation to how far the Irish people have come in opening up their minds and hearts I don t know if I will ever understand the injustices in the Irish history but I am moved when I see growth There HAS been growth There is not a perfect happily ever after ending in this novel yet we see possibilities Cheers to the Irish Cheers to sisters families forgiveness and redemption..Wonderful novel


  5. Karen Karen says:

    4.5 for this Irish Catholic family drama Nora and her sister Theresa are very young and are coming over to America from Ireland, Nora on the promise of marriage to a childhood friend and Theresa to hopefully become a teacher Things don t go smoothly and we see such sacrifice, and learn about the unbreakable bonds of family.


  6. Cheri Cheri says:

    4.5 StarsLove, dreams, sacrifice and family are the themes at the core of Courtney Sullivan s latest novel,Saints for All Occasions,a story of two families from the small village of Miltown Malbay in Ireland, whose children leave their village for the hopes and dreams associated with a new life in America One family sends their son ahead to set his new life in motion, so that when his bride to be and her sister arrive, everything will be easier for them Beginning in the year 1957, this 4.5 StarsLove, dreams, sacrifice and family are the themes at the core of Courtney Sullivan s latest novel,Saints for All Occasions,a story of two families from the small village of Miltown Malbay in Ireland, whose children leave their village for the hopes and dreams associated with a new life in America One family sends their son ahead to set his new life in motion, so that when his bride to be and her sister arrive, everything will be easier for them Beginning in the year 1957, this travels back and forth in time between 1957 and 2009 Time enough for the young women who left to no longer be the wide eyed innocents they once wereOnce, a circus had come to Miltown Malbay Everyone gasped as an elephant ambled down the Flag Road Nora thought then that it was the most extraordinary thing she would see in her life, but she had been mistaken Nora is betrothed to Charlie, who has a plan to go ahead to Boston and get them situated, and then send for Nora Nora, who would have preferred not to leave her home in Ireland, and isn t quite sure she likes Charlie well enough to consider marrying him anyway, knows what is expected of her, and so she agrees to go, on the condition she can bring her younger sister, Theresa, telling Charlie before he set off for AmericaI could never to go Boston without my sister A year later, Charlie sends for twenty one year old Nora and her seventeen year old sister, Theresa, his letters filled with wonder over the advances of life in AmericaI ll never get used to how different it is You turn a knob on the kitchen sink and hot water flows right out There s no carrying water from the pump, or boiling it in the kettle to clean the clothes That s just one of a million little miracles that everyone here takes for granted You won t believe it, Nora I can t wait for you to see Where Nora is earnest and dependable, life is still a party waiting for her arrival to Theresa Life has a way of interrupting plans, and one party too many, one handsome man to lead her a bit astray and whoopsie daisy, a bit like an old rope skipping chant, first came lust, then came um and then came someone with a baby carriage A slight variation leaving out the bit about marriage A family secret that will be carried on for years begins, and fifty years later, Nora is the reigning matriarch of this family, with her four children grown, all raised and schooled in the Catholic Church Theresa no longer goes by her given name, but has chosen a quiet, cloistered life in an abbey in Vermont.Family stories like this can become too convoluted when too many generations are added in, we tend to get lost as the original family multiplies beyond our ability to follow, or, quite frankly, care This felt just right to me, with the addition of the children grown and beginning to add to the family with significant others spouses, children by birth or adoption in other words, a family There is some conflict, some heartache, but mostly there is a lot of love, with characters you will draw closer to, and love.Having visited with friends who live in Miltown Malbay on my last trip to Ireland, it was nice to read about a spot of Ireland I ve been to, which really added to the charm of this for me


  7. JanB JanB says:

    4 stars A multi generational family saga that follows two Irish sisters, Nora and Theresa, who immigrate to the U.S from Ireland at a young age One sister, the quiet, responsible one, arrives to wed through a pre arranged marriage, while the other sister is a free spirit Not surprisingly they take different paths in life, some quite surprising Decisions are made and secrets are kept that have a life long impact and threaten family bonds I love the way the author writes, in a quiet, unassum 4 stars A multi generational family saga that follows two Irish sisters, Nora and Theresa, who immigrate to the U.S from Ireland at a young age One sister, the quiet, responsible one, arrives to wed through a pre arranged marriage, while the other sister is a free spirit Not surprisingly they take different paths in life, some quite surprising Decisions are made and secrets are kept that have a life long impact and threaten family bonds I love the way the author writes, in a quiet, unassuming way that is deeply emotional I enjoyed the alternate points of view and fell in love with this family, flaws and all.Highly recommended


  8. Margitte Margitte says:

    Somewhere betweenBrooklynby Colm T ib n andDid You Ever Have A Familyby Bill Clegg,The Saints for All Occasions nestles comfortably into the family drama genre Nora and Theresa Flynn left Miltown Malbay in Ireland for Boston, America Nora, the serious, responsible, shy twenty one year old girl, promised to marry Charles Rafferty upon her arrival, but insisted on taking her seventeen year old sister with her since she promised her mother to Somewhere betweenBrooklynby Colm T ib n andDid You Ever Have A Familyby Bill Clegg,The Saints for All Occasions nestles comfortably into the family drama genre Nora and Theresa Flynn left Miltown Malbay in Ireland for Boston, America Nora, the serious, responsible, shy twenty one year old girl, promised to marry Charles Rafferty upon her arrival, but insisted on taking her seventeen year old sister with her since she promised her mother to take care of her siblings when the latter passed away many years earlier Thus began this family saga of two sisters in America, and the path their lives would take in the Fifties Jump to 2009, fifty years later, when Dora had four grown up children, and Theresa was Mother Cecilia in a rural Vermont abbey And Patrick died in a tragic accident And suddenly, there werequestions than answers for Nora s remaining children, John, Bridget and Brian Hidden behind their own intricate, multidimensional lives, they all cached a secret regret that was difficult to share with matriarch Dora who had the most secrets of them all One of them was the Miraculous Medal around Patrick s neck The medal she insisted he should take with him to his grave The simplicity of manner, in terms of prose style, becomes complicated when the subject of Roman Catholic symbolism are thrown into the family hardships It s not really hardships It islike each character s challenges to survive the family dynamics and their own social environments Each child took a different path, leaving the family with only one adopted grandchild from Chinese descend who were baptized as Maeve Rafferty Like most novels with a religious plot point, it felt too much like being drowned in a bucket of subject being tilted over the reader s head However, it was still interesting enough to speed read the endless religious politics behind the scenes and get on with the story The book dragged as a result The writing was excellent What I really loved about this book is the deeply humane characters and the analysis of each person s story In the end Patrick s death was like the rope in the harbor which snapped, causing them all to lose a few toes and forever limp slightly as a result The experience left themgrounded in their own lives, and changed the way they knew their mother Nora She was a woman who took care of them and their secrets in her own uncompromising, stern way, because that was what loves was in her book She did not teach them loyalty, she lived it, and saved them all from themselves Finally, life became whole again for them all A wonderful, heartwarming, beautiful, uplifting story The blurb describes the novel the best.RECOMMENDED


  9. Brandice Brandice says:

    Like J Courtney Sullivan s other three novels, I really, really liked Saints for All Occasions The story is focused around two sisters, Nora and Theresa, and the decisions they make that shape the rest of their lives, including other family members as they get older and the family grows The story alternates between the past and the present and this is executed very well It was easy to imagine and sympathize with the conflicting feelings from both sisters and their alternative points of view Like J Courtney Sullivan s other three novels, I really, really liked Saints for All Occasions The story is focused around two sisters, Nora and Theresa, and the decisions they make that shape the rest of their lives, including other family members as they get older and the family grows The story alternates between the past and the present and this is executed very well It was easy to imagine and sympathize with the conflicting feelings from both sisters and their alternative points of view each deeply feeling the sacrifices they made, while trying to also feel for and understand the other one s point of viewOne of life s contradictions how human beings were entirely resilient yet impossibly fragile One decision could stay with you forever, and yet you could live through almost anything I enjoy well done family dramas and Saints for All Occasions was no exception I liked the way the story finished, with the individual characters story lines, and the overall outcome


  10. Holly Holly says:

    This is the kind of book you will either love or hate You ll love it because it s like stepping into a real life family where you get to see all their faults and yet still the ties that still hold them all together Or you ll hate it because you keep waiting for a plot to go somewhere, for something dramatic to happen, for some kind of revelation Looking at my rating, I obviously fell into the love it end of the spectrum If there are two weaknesses I have when it comes to books, it would This is the kind of book you will either love or hate You ll love it because it s like stepping into a real life family where you get to see all their faults and yet still the ties that still hold them all together Or you ll hate it because you keep waiting for a plot to go somewhere, for something dramatic to happen, for some kind of revelation Looking at my rating, I obviously fell into the love it end of the spectrum If there are two weaknesses I have when it comes to books, it would be epistolary novels and character study novels This one is the latter I don t want to say too muchabout this, because the book s plot doesn t have much to spoil so it s best to go into this kind of blind But I will say if you like this kind of thing, check out my character study plot shelf, you might find some other books you d enjoy


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