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Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite
Bend With The Breeze starts with a tragedy that involves the O’Reilly family. John Martin Ford takes his readers on a journey of a year and a half in the life of the youngest son, Sean O’Reilly, his father Timothy, his mother Mary, his sister Eileen, and his brother Patrick. Other main characters that help shape Sean into the man he becomes as he heads toward his seventeenth birthday are his best friend Red (Michael) O’Donnell, Joshua Isaac who has the Dry Goods Store, Father McCarthy, Kathleen Mahoney and her brother William and their father, Dennis Mahoney. Each and every character has a part to play in Sean's growing up fast after the tragedy.
Bend With The Breeze by Mr. John Martin Ford is written to commemorate his father's life, but the author has turned it into a most inspirational journey of a 16-year-old Irish boy who has to grow up fast during the Great Depression. Ford spins a story from the first page to the last and has the reader wanting to know what happens next. When the twists start to take place, the reader is gripped to the end of the book - right to the very last sentence! The author ends the book in such an unusual way that the reader will find themselves going back to the beginning and reading it again to completely understand the beautiful message that a father imparts to his youngest son. Thank you for a story that made me smile and cry. It was a wonderful read.