Mary Had Stretch Marks is a labour of love by Miriam Connor, who is Dublin-born, a mother of three, and someone whom I had the pleasure of meeting last August in Forres, Scotland, where she lives. In this, her first book, she chronicles the cancer diagnosis, illness and eventual loss of her dear husband, Shay, and the grieving and healing process she and her small children endured when his death left her a widow and them without their beloved daddy. Miriam possesses an openness and charm uncommon to most and writes with clarity, humour, keen insight, optimism, and the wisdom of first-hand experience. She has a deep compassion for others and specifically voices her desire to reach the wives who may be standing at their kitchen sinks right now wondering if there is something more out there. Mrs. Connor is a new and exciting Irish author and Mary Had Stretch Marks is a memoir any reader should buy fast, read voraciously, and cherish forever.
by Terry Gibson
If you want a real account of how life can be and not just the fluffy bits…..then read this..
Raw and honest and I loved it. Life isn't a bed of roses, but we need to take the time to smell them once in a while. The journey that the author has gone on with her children without a husband and them without their father is a hard one. But I love the way that she has captured ways in which to help us, by writing the book, deal with certain things that come up. Its real with icky bits. Who on earth wants to tell you about all the messy bits and all the things that go wrong? Mistakes that are made and the odd slip up is completely about learning and moving forward. I hope the realness of this book helps you to have the sence of “okay, I see what’s going on here”, learn from it and keep moving forward. Love, grief, anger and fun is a part of life and although it is very tough we manage it the best way we can especially when there are little people involved. This book has made me laugh, cry, nod, shake my head, laugh a bit more and cry a bit more.