An Irish Lullaby by Louis Michael Manzo
Reviewed By: Divine Zape
Review Rating: 5 Stars
An Irish Lullaby by Louis Michael Manzo is a bold and powerful novel that is as emotionally charged as it is mind-boggling. A tale that involves an aging priest, a woman torn between loyalties, and a moral question of the century. Aubrey Fitzgibbons is wife to the Church Deacon, but she also serves as head of the local Planned Parenthood agency. When she assists a teenager in a midterm abortion, she is torn between what the Church teaches her and her commitment to serving her community. But everything changes when she becomes pregnant and is diagnosed with a medical condition that threatens her own life. Everyone expects her to abort the baby, including her husband and doctors, but she is about to travel a path that will surprise everyone. Follow her on this perilous journey as she makes a very important and life-changing decision, and she learns to see her truth most intimately.
This is a beautiful story with powerful moral underpinnings, a book about abortion that is intelligently plotted and executed with rare skill. I loved the characters, especially Fr. O’Connor, a gutsy kind of man with a dedication to his vocation that is rare to find. Readers will enjoy the multi-layered conflict and the dilemma in which the protagonist finds herself. The writing is excellent and readers will appreciate how the author handles the themes of religion, family, love and loyalty in this book. The dialogues are wonderfully crafted and the setting comes out vividly. An Irish Lullaby is a deeply moving story with compelling characters, and Louis Michael Manzo shows great skill in storytelling, weaving a tale that will keep readers enthralled.