Nov 15, 2015

Book Review: Dear Cathy ... Love, Mary by Catherine Conlon & Mary Phelan

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Review by Suze

Cathy and Mary both start a new chapter in their lives. They're eighteen years old and just out of school. Cathy moves to France to work as an au pair and Mary stays at home to study accountancy. They're good friends and they're writing each other regularly. It's the beginning of the eighties and writing letters is the way to stay in touch. Both Cathy and Mary don't always have it easy, but their friendship remains as close as ever.

Dear Cathy ... Love, Mary gives a wonderful view of what life was like in Ireland three decades ago. Both Cathy and Mary are good writers and I loved their letters. Cathy doesn't have an easy time in France, but she's making the best of it. I admired her decision to go abroad and live with strangers while she doesn't speak the language very well, such a courageous thing to do. She puts a lot of emotion into her letters which makes it easy for the reader to feel what she feels. Mary tells her about life at home in such a vivid and humorous way that I could picture everything that happens and everyone she describes very well. I really enjoyed reading everything they had to tell each other.

Some pieces of the letters have been printed in the book. That was such a nice thing to see. I recognized some of the pretty stationery from my own childhood. I love writing letters, so couldn't wait to read this book. It's fun to read someone else's and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this unusual and fantastic book. It's a great trip down memory lane, one you should definitely experience.

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