Two Weeks Since My Last Confession
When Molly O’Brien comes into the world in 1951, she never imagines that her life will turn out the way it does. Born into a wealthy family in which her father is a senator and her mother a devout Catholic, Molly receives a good upbringing and has all the reason in the world to be happy. Yet somehow, at the age of thirty, she is addicted to heroin and hasn’t been employed for years. Her father believes that the corrupting influences of society are at fault, while her mother is convinced it’s Molly’s own depravity that has caused her ruin and her failure to stay in the Catholic church. Her older brother Sean, however, knows who is really to blame: he holds the family secrets that have caused all of his sister’s problems and are leading her down the harrowing road to drug addiction. And ultimately he knows that he and his parents are the only ones who can lead her out.
A dramatically written family saga, Two Weeks Since my Last Confession is the story of one woman’s survival in the face of serious childhood abuse and addiction. More than this, it is a tale which chronicles the triumph of the human spirit over its enemies — not only external enemies but also the ones we find within ourselves.
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“Journey back in time to a familiar era, fraught with issues like war, drugs, and family dynamics. Then, add flawed characters to the storyline who keep evolving, and you have arrived at Two Weeks Since My Last Confession. Just when you think you know where Kate is going with the plot, she weaves another thread into the tapestry of the O’Brien clan, which is tyrannically ruled by both a politically ambitious father and a fanatically religious mother. You’ll want to savor the richness of the main characters as you cheer them on to resolve the multi-faceted issues they face. Like Kate’s other two books, this novel is both memorable and a most enjoyable read – worthy of a sequel!
Marcy Ragucci, author of Whimsical Wonderings, publisher, Big Apple Press, and freelance writer, Daily Times Chronicle.