By Alison Walsh

It hadn't been Rosie's proposal - a 'quaint' marriage ceremony at her adolescence domestic within the Irish nation-state. however she unearths herself again in Monasterard after a decade away, together with her American fiancé on her arm and a grin mounted to her face.
As anticipated, the welcome from her siblings is not precisely hot. Mary-Pat, the one that virtually raised Rosie, is averting her. June is preoccupied with keeping the semblance of her ideal kinfolk. And Pius, who nonetheless counts the years for the reason that their mom left, is hiding from the realm. each one of them is suffering from the load of items unsaid.
In the tip, it really is their father who, at the day of Rosie's marriage ceremony, exposes what has remained hidden for thus lengthy. and because the O'Connor siblings piece jointly the secrets and techniques on the center in their family members, they start to forgive the girl who deserted all of them these years ago.

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