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 --