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St. Anne's Day [Kindle Edition]

Janice Lane Palko
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Book Description

Can a woman who has given up on true love find it with a man who fears it?


As Anne Lyons fumes while waiting in traffic on a refreshingly cool July morning in Pittsburgh, she glances out her car’s window and observes that the day is so clear, you can almost see into the future. Little does Anne know how prescient she is for she is about to meet her destiny.

Anne, who has recently been fired from her nursing position at a nearby hospital due to a flare up of her explosive temper, has been contracted as a private-duty nurse to care for Peg McMaster, an elderly spitfire who has recently been released from the hospital following heart surgery. The only complication--Peg's handsome son, Gerry “Mac” McMaster, who is one of the city's most eligible bachelors and the proprietor of Mac's Place, a popular night spot.

His flirtations and charm unnerve Anne and his good looks, especially his gas-flame blue eyes, ignite something in Anne—something that disturbs her.

Peg perks up when she is introduced to her new nurse. The old woman has been praying to St. Anne, the patron saint of housewives, to find a suitable wife for her playboy son before she dies, and she believes that Anne's arrival on the Feast of St. Anne, is the answer to her prayers.

Peg and her friend Irma begin scheming to bring Anne and Gerry together, much to the chagrin of Gerry's current lover, the imperious Claudia.

Anne bears terrible scars from a previous relationship, and she sees many of her former lover's traits in Gerry. The last type of man Anne wants to become involved with is another womanizer.

As for Gerry, he has vowed never to settle down.

Initially, Anne and Gerry clash, but when she finds herself, against her better judgment, falling in love with him, she is disturbed. Can she get beyond her hurt? Can she trust him with her heart? Can a man like Gerry, who goes through lovers faster than a premenstrual woman goes through chocolates, ever be serious about a woman?

A romantic dramedy, St. Anne's Day, with its ensemble of memorable characters—Anne’s fastidious mother, Grace, push-over father, Bill; and free-spirited roommate, Janetta--can be likened to Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew meets the TV sitcom Cheers. Readers have described it as spirited, sparkling and sassy.

While hysterically funny, St. Anne's Day is also heartwarming and inspirational and will leave you cheering when Anne Lyon's day finally arrives.


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Book Review: St. Anne's Day by Anne Faye
This is a fun read - there were several times in which I was laughing out loud, especially at some of the things that come out of Peg's mouth. There are also several issues, such as abortion, dating abuse, premarital sex, and respect for those who are different, which are handled very well.  The only caveat I would offer is that there are some sexual innuendo and jokes in the book, which may offend some. Overall, however, I really enjoyed this story. It provided some great escapism and I was eager to see how St. Anne would help Anne find the right man for her. 
Anne Faye

St. Anne's Day" by Janice Lane Palko July 26, 2012 by Ellen Gable Hrkach

This is an entertaining and enjoyable read. I particularly appreciated the author's smooth writing style which helped to put me right into the story experiencing Anne's ups and downs.
I did find some of Anne's decisions/choices to be a bit out of line with faithful Catholicism, but I understand that the author was going for realism and not evangelism. And the truth is, Catholics make bad choices on a daily basis. Although there is no explicit material in this book, there were scenes that were sensual so I would recommend parents read this before offering it to their teens.  These things aside, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, found myself thinking and caring about the characters and wondering what would happen next. I especially appreciated all the Catholic references. I look forward to the author's future books!

From the Author

This is my first book, but I have three others in the pipeline that I will be releasing within the next year. I love all the characters in this book, except for Claudia and Steve, but they were fun to write because they are despicable. Anne, my protagonist, is feisty yet vulnerable, and I love that she stands her ground when dealing with Gerry. My readers have told me that Peg steals the show with her hilarious quips and antics, and Gerry, though he initially appears to be only a pretty face, deep down is a wonderful, caring man, but very vulnerable as well. The other characters in the book readers have told me feel like people they know and have come to regard as friends.

Product Details

  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615662242
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Plenum Publishing (June 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EO4AZU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars painfully slow May 21, 2013
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When I got to the end of this one, I didn't cheer at the (mostly) happy ending or sigh at the poignant part. I just felt relieved that it was over and a little annoyed with myself for sticking with it when I knew I'd just be glad when it was over. The writing wasn't too bad and there was a bit of action mixed in with the romance. So why didn't I get sucked in? I strongly disliked all of the characters, particularly the main couple. We are introduced to a hot headed woman who nearly hits a complete stranger for no good reason (as if there's ever a good reason for violence) and an almost 40 year old womanizer who still thinks getting married would ruin his life. How could I possibly root for these people? And they didn't improve as their story unfolded.

I also want to point out that this book should not be listed under religious fiction (which is where I found it). The author and her characters swear profusely and though there isn't any sex per se, there are a few scenes that I would describe as explicit foreplay. I was interested to read this since Catholic characters seem underrepresented in Christian fiction, but these characters are Catholic in name only. I was especially disappointed in the supposedly devout older woman who swears and belittles people while holding a rosary and in general appears to have a very superficial understanding of the faith. Anyone who picks this up expecting Christian characters will be disappointed at best and possibly offended. I'm not opposed to characters who have realistic faults, but these characters are not even trying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars St. Anne's Day August 9, 2012
By Mary
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I heard about this book from a friend and decided to read it for several reasons. It is set in Pittsburgh, my home town and it is about a Catholic girl. I wasn't disappointed. I readily discovered I liked the characters and became wrapped up in the plot.
Anne's long time friendship with Janetta is nicely developed The relationships with her mother, father, sister and brother are very believable. I never lost interest as I read. It was humorous but also covered serious subjects that are much part of today's culture.
At first glance it seems that Gerry is a lost cause for husband material but his redeeming qualities make him a likeable person and this gives hope. There is a cast of supporting characters that fit very nicely into the story.
What I like about Gerry's mother Peg is her child like faith and her stubborn nature. She is the strongest character in the book.
All in all I found this book to be well written and enjoyable. You won't regret the time or the reasonable price spent on this quick and easy read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read! July 24, 2012
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Just in time for St. Anne's feastday (July 26th) comes "St. Anne's Day," a debut romance novel by Janice Lane Palko. Anne Lyons is a fiery-tempered twenty-nine year old nurse and has no interest in meeting a man when she is hired by handsome bar owner Gerry McMaster to care for his mother, Peg, who is recovering from triple-bypass surgery.

The older woman and Anne quickly bond and she encourages Anne to start praying to St. Anne, "Dear St. Anne, get me a man as fast as you can." She had prayed that prayer to find her own husband and trusts in its power. St. Anne seems to quickly get on the case as men start knocking on Anne's door. There is Luis, the cook at the bar, who flirts with her and even names a dish after her. There is Craig Love, a former classmate and plastic surgeon who comes back into the picture, and then there is womanizer Gerry, who is all wrong for her, but who dominates her thoughts.

This is a fun read - there were several times in which I was laughing out loud, especially at some of the things that come out of Peg's mouth. There are also several issues, such as abortion, dating abuse, premarital sex, and respect for those who are different, which are handled very well. The only caveat I would offer is that there are some sexual innuendo and jokes in the book, which may offend some. Overall, however, I really enjoyed this story. It provided some great escapism and I was eager to see how St. Anne would help Anne find the right man for her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Honor of St. Anne July 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished your story. WOW! Very good. You had me captured from beginning to end. It was very well written, very descriptive and memorable characters. I could not put this story down. I finished it in three days.

I will have to admit I am not a fan of books that deal with romance, maybe I am a little bit like Anne and I have my heart well protected, but reading this book converted me a little. I guess I should confess too, that over the past couple of days I was saying that little St. Anne's prayer. (Edit: and in April started dating someone)

Peg stole the book. I enjoyed the scenes with her in it. She's just lovable with an innocent twist to her personality.

Anne I could relate to on some levels, me being an almost 29-year-old looking for true love and not what society had mucked up love to be. Just trying to find herself and happiness and release all the anger she has held for so long.

I really enjoyed the journey of her life and glad that you shared her story with us.

You are an author that I would definitely read your books and light up when I see your name at a bookstore and will be following your upcoming book ventures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted, cute read!
I really enjoyed this book. The setting is in Pittsburgh with many recognizable land markers. I fell on love with the characters, especially Peg. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rachel Fromlak
3.0 out of 5 stars Neither fish nor fowl...
St Anne's Day is a book with an identity crisis. Is it serious women's fiction? Is it a typical romance novel? Is it a Christian/Catholic novel? Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Muldoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 6 months ago by Rose Lazenka
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a light hearted read! I fell in love with this book!
I fell in love with this book and its characters. From spunky Peg, to handsome and stubborn Mac to beautiful Anne. And also the loveable surrounding characters. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
loved this book delighted i met author easy light kept my interest would recommend ppittsburgh references wwere fun since i am a pittsburgher
Published 14 months ago by Darlene
5.0 out of 5 stars St. Anne's Day review
I really enjoyed this book. To be honest I did not expect to. I am not into Christian Romance. so inspite of this again I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by shoe guru
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Loved this story. It was funny and very real emotions. Looking forward to more stories from Jance Lanr Plako. Keep the. Stories comming!,
Published 16 months ago by Dolores Heffron
5.0 out of 5 stars CUTE!
I really enjoyed this book. Cute and heartwarming. You just had to love Peg. Lots of wit and just a nice all around storyline. Made you laugh and cry.
Published 18 months ago by atabarac
3.0 out of 5 stars Meddling Mom
The story was interesting but a bit disjointed. I wanted to read it since a local Pittsburgh author wrote it but it does not make my list of the top ten books I have read this... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gini
4.0 out of 5 stars St Anne's day
It is rare that I find a good romance. This book was filled with wonderful characters that were real and funny, tender and somewhat broken. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eileen K Barnes
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More About the Author

Janice Lane Palko grew up in Pittsburgh and is the author of the romantic comedy novel, St. Anne's Day, the Christmas romance, A Shepherd's Song, and her latest novel, a romantic suspense entitled Cape Cursed. A writer for nearly two decades, she is currently a featured writer with the website Popular Pittsburgh. She has served as the executive editor of Northern Connection and Pittsburgh 55+ magazines, where she also penned a column and contributed regularly to the magazines' content. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Reader's Digest, Guideposts for Teens, Woman's World, The Christian Science Monitor, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In addition, her articles have been featured in A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration, A Cup of Comfort for Expectant Mothers, and Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul. Janice has won several awards for her writing including the prestigious Amy Foundation Award of Merit, and she has a bachelor's degree in Writing & Literature from Union Institute & University.

She also attended St. Benedict Academy, an all-girls, Catholic school. One of the inspirations for St. Anne's Day was the St. Anne prayer: Dear St. Anne, get me a man as fast as you can. Her social studies teacher, Sr. Jane Frances, taught it to her senior class so that all the girls would find prom dates. And they did!

Janice was inspired to write Cape Cursed by the move of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. For many years, she and her family have vacationed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and although the book is a work of fiction, she has taken her love for the Carolina coast and created Cape Cursed.

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