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St. Anne's Day Paperback – July 23, 2012
It's a rip-roaring time in this book, from beginning to end. I think you will love it. I know I did. Along with Anne, Mac, and Peg, there are other characters who help fill out the story; and who are as adorable as the other three. Plus there's a bit of danger towards the end of the book as well.- JD's Leisure Zone Book Reviews
St. Anne's Dayis a delightfully entertaining read with something for everyone: romance, suspense, humor, intense situations, good guys, bad guys. The characters are real and the story engaging. - Ellen Gable best-selling author of Emily's Hope.
About the Author
Janice Lane Palko grew up in Pittsburgh and is the author of the romantic comedy St. Anne’s Day. A writer for more than 15 years, she is currently the executive editor of Northern Connection and Pittsburgh 55+ magazines, where she also pens a column and contributes regularly to the magazines’ content. She 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, she her articles have been featured in A Cup of Comfort for Inspiration and 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 has a bachelor’s degree in Writing & Literature from Union Institute& University. One of the inspirations for St. Anne’s Day was the St. Anne prayer that her social studies teacher, Sr. Jane Frances, taught to the class so that all the girls would find prom dates. And they did!
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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.
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.
The romantic issues of the book are pretty much what's expected from the genre, with a few interesting twists. The religious aspects were presented in a way different than I'd seen before. The characters were strong, well presented, and true to their parts in the story.
What really sets this novel aside from the norm, however, is the delicacy with which a number of personal and interpersional live issues are treated. No spoilers here, but I was impressed with the author's down-to-earth presentation of these issues. Not everyone may understand or agree with the conclusions, but they are still thought-provoking and will not leave the reader unmoved.
I have no hesitation in reccomending the book to anyone. I also hated to see it end.