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Martha Long
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9 May 2013

After a failed suicide attempt and recovery in the mad house, Martha is heading for France to be reunited with the one true love of her life.

Father Ralph Fitzgerald rescued her from the streets when she was sixteen and was the first person to show Martha true love and affection. But their relationship threatened his vocation and he eventually fled to Africa to take up missionary work.

Martha never got over losing him and now, after nearly twenty years, he has made contact again. She sets off on a mission to find him and uncover his motives for getting in touch. Does he still love her? Has he left the priesthood? Is he now free to marry her? She needs to know what the future is going to hold.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (9 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1780576110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780576114
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The sixth volume of memoirs by the bestselling author of Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes

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Martha Long is the bestselling author of five other autobiographical books. She was born in Dublin, where she still lives. She has three children.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A really weak book 15 Sep 2012
By MaisyP
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Like many of the other reviewers here I have loved Martha's books and eagerly awaited this one.
I have to say I felt really let down reading this and couldn't help thinking (as I did slightly in her previous Madhouse novel) that this is now becoming too spun out. Essentially, without trying to sound harsh, this novel is about a failed love affair and it seems fairly clear early on to the reader that things are not going to work out. Given that, the rest of the novel focusses around the day to day highs and lows of this affair, all be it based in quite an interesting environment - abroad, various characters coming and going -but really the plot was so slight I did not feel this should have been made into a whole book.

I really love Martha's writing and she clearly is an amazing woman so I don't want to be overly harsh as I do see the significane that Father Ralph played in her life but equally, I felt this book did not do her justice and actually sadly detracted from the impact that her previous novels have had. I really do hope that the next book is perhaps the last and brings all the loose ends together as I felt this one was a real let down to readers and perhaps that the publishers are extending this seriew of books now to cash in! Sorry!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Ralph (I Hope) 11 Sep 2012
By Savana
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I didn't enjoy this book so much as her former work. As for the capricious Father Ralph, I do hope this is the last we will hear of him (but somehow I doubt it). The book is really an extension of the "will he, won't he" theme and were the good Father a woman he would be called by a certain saucy name (answers on a postcard).

Neither did I find Madame Boucle a very credible character. A staunchly Catholic French housekeeper would treat the arrival of a young woman into a priest's home, with all the pleasure that would generally be offered to a rattlesnake proposing to set up home in the spare room.

The book just doesn't come off. It has very little fresh material, very little to say. I hope Martha's next will prove more fruitful for her readers.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spoilers - A fan book 11 Sep 2012
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I am a great fan of Martha Long and will be attending her book signing regarding this book, however I feel I have an obligation to express my opinion on the book as honestly as I can.

Do not read this review if you have not read the book as it will contain spoilers. The book is set over a very short period of time I am estimating no more than 5 weeks within Martha's adult life.

I believe it's basically fan based works by that I mean unless you are already a huge fan of Martha Long then you will be sorely disappointed with this book, it's almost sloppy compared to her previous works. In places it's so drawn out and repetitive and the crux of it is it still doesn't give you the happy ending that Martha has so obviously attained; it's still another cliff hanger. Ralph lets her down (as it was quite obvious in regards to his previous behaviour that he was never going to give up the church for her) In spite of all his professions of love and his darling he let Martha go to continue his life's work.

It was a readable book but I am disappointed that (please forgive me) in places it was such utter urbane drivel regarding food choices and clothing choices! I think I am just antsy to find out how Martha became the courageous and famous woman she is today and this book does not give you any more answers about that or her siblings - I know she isn't allowed to write about them without their permission but it would have been nice to know if their lives have turned out as well as Martha's considering their lack of parental guidance and nurturing when they were young.

As I said previously this isn't a review to vilify anyone I just wanted to honest with other readers regarding the content of the book and their expectations of what that might entail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Martha what has gone wrong. 12 Sep 2012
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i am an absolute fan of Marthas books.Have loved all of them.Couldn't wait to read this last one.But was so bored with it, kept waiting for something to happen..Her books are usually so gritty and down to earth.As has been said it read like a mills & Boon novel at times I thought did she really write this.
Hoping this isn,t her last book if not please Martha take a look back at your first books and see where you have gone wrong..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars contains spoilers 10 Sep 2012
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I have read all of martha longs books,the 6th one is one of the saddest books ive ever read,poor martha,as for father bleeding ralph,best not say anymore.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha Long's books 1 Oct 2012
By Eisha
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I have read all books from Martha Long. I loved this book, and am so excited to read that there will be one more book in one years time published. I am looking forward to buy it, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By jeanny
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This book is a big let down. After reading Marthas other books it was a bid disapointment [what has happened to her family ?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It pains me to give only three stars... 12 Sep 2012
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I love Martha Long and eagerly anticipated this book's release! None of her subsequent books has touched me as deeply as 'Ma, He Sold Me For A Few Cigarettes', the best book I've ever read, not just by Martha, but by anyone...and I've read a lot of books in my time! However, along with 'Ma, I've Got Meself Locked Up In The Madhouse', I find Martha's latest offering disappointing. Much as I love reading Martha's books, I did feel that it was time to bring her story to its conclusion, and I had thought and hoped - in vain - she would do this in 'Ma, I've Reached For The Moon An I'm Hittin The Stars'. It now feels like Martha is trying to stretch her tale over too many titles. There have been times while reading the latest two books that I have actually felt bored... :/ They have lacked pace and have seemed repetitive. This effort, to my mind, almost felt like Martha's attempt at a Mills & Boon novel. I know she was trying to portray her deep attachment to Ralph and vice versa, but this book felt like a blow-by-blow account of their protestations of love for each other interspersed with romantic romps. Like another reviewer, I tired of meal and clothing descriptions! I also wondered at some points whether Martha and Ralph were a couple of raging alcoholics! I know they were in France but even the French can't possibly have put away as much as these two did! I also felt the ending of this book was rushed... To sum up, I'm getting frustrated. I know Martha went on to have two more children. Were they Ralph's, Sergei's or some one else's? If the next installment isn't the final piece in the jigsaw I won't be reading any more Martha Long books. Hope you're listening, Martha!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... have now read all seven of these books and loved finding out how...
I have now read all seven of these books and loved finding out how her sad beginning in life turned itself round. Read more
Published 6 days ago by anne1206
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read as Martha Long never disappoints.
Published 15 days ago by Barneysam
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
bit drawn out in comparison to her other books.
Published 1 month ago by lesley beck
3.0 out of 5 stars She was happy with it
Gift. Sister wanted to finish the trilogy. She was happy with it. Not my kind of book but seller was prompt and good condition
Published 1 month ago by Scout
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book
Published 2 months ago by Patrick B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad
Disappointed again I too have read all of Longs work and this I have to say was rather embarrassing to read it could all been fitted into one boring chapter,in fact there was no... Read more
Published 5 months ago by deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha long
Could not put it down.can't wait to read Martha's final instalment.a gripping story of loneliness and love all rolled into one
Published 8 months ago by celene carolan
5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant read from Martha
Like all of Martha's life works I was captivated by this book, felt her pain and her happiness, her writing really is heart felt and you are moved back in time, most able to smell... Read more
Published 8 months ago by mrsmoneypenney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great real life stories
Thos book is part of a fab series of Martha's real life experiences. I recommend reading the whole lot of them!
Published 9 months ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
Unable to remark on the story as we bought the book as a gift. The recipient has since remarked they loved it.
Published 9 months ago by Viv
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