Being Mary Ro
In the late nineteenth century, after disease and circumstance have left her alone in the world, Mary Rourke believes she is predestined to spinsterhood in her small community in Newfoundland. When a series of dramatic events brings a strange man to her door, Mary emerges from the comfortable isolation that she knows to follow her dreams in Boston. Those desires do not come without sacrifice and hard choices. When her past comes back to haunt her, Mary must decide whether there is room for both her aspirations and her heart—or if she must surrender one to have the other.
I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying Being Mary Ro. The material is suitable for mature young readers, contains small sketches (by Melissa Ashley Cromarty) and is an excellent first novel for Ms. Linehan Young.-- The Miramichi Reader --
"Being Mary Ro" is a story about independence.... Find out for yourself. Read "Being Mary Ro. -- The Beacon --
We’re only halfway through the novel when Mary pulls the trigger. The strength and courage required to shoot the pistol, is the same strength and courage that afterwards allows Mary to travel to … and pursue an independent career as a … I’m not telling. Find out for yourself. Read "Being Mary Ro." It’s first rate entertainment. -- The Telegram --
A charming book-- Bonnie Kogos, Sudbury Star --
The setting in terms of place and time are unique so that the story could not have been told in any other setting. The author clearly did her research into life in Newfoundland and in Boston around the end of the 19th century and wove those details wonderfully into her story.
I enjoy the way the author writes. Her style is straightforward without pages of eye-numbing, floral passages but detailed enough that we see the beauty of the island of Newfoundland and the glittering ballroom in Boston. The story absolutely clips along with no dull parts.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and a student of Newfoundland history. I have written a non-fiction book about life in 19th century Newfoundland and so as a result this book was bound to appeal to me. And it does. I loved every moment reading it and the smile has not left my face since finishing it. But being a fan of Newfoundland history isn't necessary for enjoying this book. It's an exciting story with dramatic events, a heroine who deserves every page devoted to her, and a tale of satisfying life changes.
Do yourself a favour and read this book.-- Goodreads Review --
Ida Linehan Young... does a superb job in developing the characters of this novel. Young Mary Rourke, initially portrayed as a victim whom we feel great sorrow for, demonstrates resilience and strength throughout the entire novel. At first fractured by the vision she has of herself, the reader is afforded an opportunity to be a part of her journey of self discovery and transformation. At the end of the novel, we cannot help but feel like proud parents and are relieved that Mary has found her place. She is relatable and is a reminder that we can all overcome the adversities of life. Being Mary Ro is the full meal deal! It will whisk you away to the Victorian era of the late 19th century but also contains drama and crime. And of course, no great story would be complete without a healthy dose of true love and romance.-- Fireside Collections --
Not only is “Being Mary Ro” by Ida Linehan Young an enjoyable read but, on a more personal note, it also gave me some incredible insight into my own family and how their lives must have been at the turn of the century in rural Newfoundland. Indeed, my great-grandparents arrived in Newfoundland from New York in the early 1900’s (one of their children later moved to Boston, married and had a family there); I’ve often wondered why and how and I feel like this book answered a lot of questions for me. I don’t often reach for historical fiction but I think this author may have completely changed that for me! I am very much looking forward to reading more by Linehan Young.-- Nicole Little - Author --
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