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  1. Jude Jude says:

    Why do I keep forgetting how much I love Caren Werlinger s books They have this subtle beauty, you start reading and after a while, without realizing it, you re not reading any, you re in there, in the story This is the 3rd or 4th book I read by CW, and it s just as beautifully written, as captivating as the previous ones 5 , no hesitation.


  2. JulesGP JulesGP says:

    Elizabeth Mitchell gets the worst possible visit that a military family can get, two marines at her door in their dress blues, informing her that her husband s plane was shot down somewhere in Vietnam It s 1968, a volatile time in American history, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr and a few months prior to the murder of Robert Kennedy And of course, the Vietnam War is at its peak Times of protests and riots Elizabeth decides home is the best place to be so she and h Elizabeth Mitchell gets the worst possible visit that a military family can get, two marines at her door in their dress blues, informing her that her husband s plane was shot down somewhere in Vietnam It s 1968, a volatile time in American history, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr and a few months prior to the murder of Robert Kennedy And of course, the Vietnam War is at its peak Times of protests and riots Elizabeth decides home is the best place to be so she and her two children, Connemara and Will, head to West Virginia, settling into a small country town in the farmhouse that once housed their ancestors Conn is 11 years old and reminds me of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird She believes that the world should be fair and honorable for everyone When it s not, she s confused and angry This is 1968 after all with segregation and Jim Crow still in place, every move can be a matter of life and death for a black person managing their daily routine There s a parallel narrative around the time of the Civil War that recounts the tale of Conn s great great great grandmother and her sister who were sold by their father in Ireland to a plantation owner in America For 8 years, the two young women suffer much cruelty but also see black slaves, many who have become friends, living under torturous conditions We first meet Caitr ona as a 13 year old girl, heartbroken at being torn from her beloved mother and the rest of her siblings She turns this sorrow into a willfulness and strength that gain her the ire of the overseer but also the eye of a beautiful girl.Two stories that begin as multi generational tellings of the N Faolain women, Conn, Orla, and Caitr ona, become so interwoven that the past bleeds into Conn s present reality The pace relentlessly marches forward, the stories driving each other as Conn and Caitr ona are compelled to take dangerous paths to help the ones they love There s some lite paranormal aspects and a wlw love story which is not told in detail but is vital Miserere is a beautifully spun story and one of the best that I ve read that includes two timelines Highly recommend.I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review


  3. T.T. Thomas T.T. Thomas says:

    Caren Werlinger has written a masterful and gorgeous story in Miserere Like the other reviewers, I could not put this book down The story is about redemption in unlikely places among people related by blood or historical proximity to one another against a backdrop of the travesties committed in Ireland during the potato famine and in American during the last years of legalized slavery and, again in America, during the late 1960s The juxtaposition of the Irish problem with that of the slaves a Caren Werlinger has written a masterful and gorgeous story in Miserere Like the other reviewers, I could not put this book down The story is about redemption in unlikely places among people related by blood or historical proximity to one another against a backdrop of the travesties committed in Ireland during the potato famine and in American during the last years of legalized slavery and, again in America, during the late 1960s The juxtaposition of the Irish problem with that of the slaves and other marginalized cultures and peoples in America was a flawless execution of seamless delivery by Werlinger and at the same time, so sensitively drawn, so beautifully nuanced, so completely engrossing.A curse of biblical proportions has travelled down the centuries to one family of Irish heritage, and it s up to a young girl in 1968 to reclaim her family s freedom from that curse The character of Connemara, Conn, is expertly and perfectly developed, as are each of the supporting cast Facing a curse she doesn t understand within a society that doesn t allow for differences, Conn sets out to solve the mystery and end the curse First she has to figure out what the curse is, and, with a series of scant but intriguing and amorphous but eerie clues, decide what to do about it.The exquisitely chosen title of the book, Miserere, is from the Latin setting for the 51st Psalm, which begins with Miserere mei, Deus Have mercy on me, oh God Often referred to simply as Miserere, it is one of the Penitential, or Confessional, Psalms written as expressions of sorrow and repentance for sins The history of the 51st Psalm is that it is David s song of penance about his adulterous affair with Bathsheba Bat Sheva Lady Jane Grey famously recited the 51st Psalm before her beheading in the Tower of London.The pacing of this story is as perfect as it gets Werlinger s narrative moves you along in a page turning orchestration of events that is all theexciting because we are seeing it from Conn s point of view This choice by the author really sets up the tension, and the entire story delivers the punch and the promise of the first few pages Seriously, this book never stops giving readers who came for a great story exactly what they came for


  4. Bib Bib says:

    A book classified under lesbian fiction which I thought will fit better under racial issues Miserere is nevertheless a good and enjoyable read for me, it seems all books by Caren Werlinger is a seal of quality Miserere is a story told from the eyes of a 11 year old Conn, reliving the life of her ancestor vicariously through dreams she is having Sounds incredible, but tale is well told by the author, and keeps the reader hanging on till the very end.


  5. Barrett Barrett says:

    Caren J Werlinger is rapidly becoming one of my all time favorite writers I read In This Small Spot a couple of months ago and was carried away by the rich intricately woven story, which stayed with me for weeks Yesterday, I finished Miserere and once again found myself captivated by an incredible historical piece that was carefully crafted around some dark historical times and imbued with tantalizing mystery.The characters are complex and authentic and her descriptions vivid I was compe Caren J Werlinger is rapidly becoming one of my all time favorite writers I read In This Small Spot a couple of months ago and was carried away by the rich intricately woven story, which stayed with me for weeks Yesterday, I finished Miserere and once again found myself captivated by an incredible historical piece that was carefully crafted around some dark historical times and imbued with tantalizing mystery.The characters are complex and authentic and her descriptions vivid I was compelled to keep turning the pages Long after my back declared its displeasure with sitting I m looking forward to her next book in the queue, just as soon as I work out the kinks and it doesn t hurt that she has discounted two of her books


  6. Elaine Burnes Elaine Burnes says:

    I like the story, I like the juxtaposition of the past with the present The characters are all very likeable or not likeable, as they should be This is different Not your average lesfic I like that it had romance without being a Romance It has elements of coming out coming of age, but doesn t focus solely on that I am curious to readby this author.The story of Caitriona and Orla in the past is quite compelling and well done The switch from past to present was not jarring I was co I like the story, I like the juxtaposition of the past with the present The characters are all very likeable or not likeable, as they should be This is different Not your average lesfic I like that it had romance without being a Romance It has elements of coming out coming of age, but doesn t focus solely on that I am curious to readby this author.The story of Caitriona and Orla in the past is quite compelling and well done The switch from past to present was not jarring I was confused, however, because it wasn t made clear in the beginning that the past was experienced by Conn in the present well, 1968 as visions I found myself stopping, going, how d she know that It does become clear later, with her staring off into space, falling into a river could be some serious implications from this little condition So why not make that clear from the start I liked Conn very much, she s a great character very Scout like But she made me think this was a kids book, but it s not Though, neither is To Kill a Mockingbird Something didn t quite fit for me I was never able to connect emotionally with a key relationship There just wasn t enough of one of the characters to grab me I m also not the least bit clear what happened to her, but Conn seemed to knowthan the reader knows The first half of the book dragged while we got caught up on everything that was well enough done no info dumps, but everything moved slowly Tension did not build well for me What happened to Will should have been the crux of the story, the big climax it s how he relates to the curse, but it happens early on and Conn has no role in it The curse seemed to link Caitriona to her father, but their sins seemed quite different and unrelated.For a while I thought this wouldn t be a lesbian story at all Which would have been fine But it is, so I don t think that should take so long to get to, nor that the realization should hit both characters out of the blue There should have been signs along the way A good effort and obviously lots of people like it


  7. Mary Maddox Mary Maddox says:

    In MISERERE Caren J Werlinger has written an historical novel that weaves together narratives from two periods the mid 1960s dominated by the Civil Rights Movement and the mid 1800s that saw the Civil War and the end of legalized slavery in America The story centers on the descendants of Caitr ona N Faolain, an Irish girl brought to America as an indentured servant.One descendant in particular, eleven year old Connemara Mitchell, carries a heavy burden Only she can lift a curse that began w In MISERERE Caren J Werlinger has written an historical novel that weaves together narratives from two periods the mid 1960s dominated by the Civil Rights Movement and the mid 1800s that saw the Civil War and the end of legalized slavery in America The story centers on the descendants of Caitr ona N Faolain, an Irish girl brought to America as an indentured servant.One descendant in particular, eleven year old Connemara Mitchell, carries a heavy burden Only she can lift a curse that began with Caitr ona and has afflicted the family for a hundred years But first she must uncover its secret.Read the rest of the review on my blog, Ancient Children.http www.ancientchildren.com p 1132


  8. Maria Ciletti Maria Ciletti says:

    Excellent story Gone with the Wind meets Fried Green Tomatoes.


  9. Ulla Ulla says:

    A really interesting story, a wonderful read


  10. Linda Linda says:

    I loved this book It has a bit of everything history, mystery, ghosts great read, great build to the conclusion I ve enjoyed all of Caren s work that I ve read, and will continue to read for as long as she chooses to share it with us Definitely 5 stars for me.


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Miserere ❰Read❯ ➱ Miserere Author Caren J. Werlinger – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk a year of upheaval for the nation and for the Mitchell family When her father goes MIA in Vietnam, ten year old Connemara and her family move to West Virginia and into her mother s ancestral home a n a year of upheaval for the nation and for the Mitchell family When her father goes MIA in Vietnam, ten year old Connemara and her family move to West Virginia and into her mother s ancestral home a neglected house whose walls hold old secrets of forbidden love and knowledge of things best forgotten For reasons she does not yet understand, Conn is chosen as the one who must unravel the mystery surrounding her ancestor, Caitr ona N Faolain, who disappeared soon after the Civil War a mystery that has condemned her family to a curse for over a hundred years Set during two of the most turbulent periods of American history, this story takes the reader on an epic journey through time as Conn delves deeper and deeper into her family s past in order to end the curse before it is passed on to a new generation Along the way, she teaches the adults around her something of the enduring power of love and hatred and the terrible price of redemption.

  • Paperback
  • 244 pages
  • Miserere
  • Caren J. Werlinger
  • English
  • 19 October 2019
  • 0988650118

About the Author: Caren J. Werlinger

From the author s websiteCaren was raised in Ohio, the oldest of four children Much of her childhood was spent reading every book she could get her hands on, and crafting her own stories She was influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, JRR Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather, and the Bront sisters She has lived in Virginia for over twenty five years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her partner and their canine fur children She began writing creatively again several years ago Her first novel, Looking Through Windows, won a Debut Author award from the Golden Crown Literary Society in Since then, she has publishedthan a dozen novels, winning multiple Rainbow Awards and a GCLS Award for In This Small Spot She recently branched into fantasy, publishing the Goldie and Rainbow winner, The Beast That Never Was, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as well as the award winning The Dragonmage SagaShe lives in Virginia with her partner and their canine fur children.