Item description for If You Love Me You Will Follow by Fran Girard...
This is a story of an Irish couple and their infant daughter coming to America shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Why they came separately, makes this story unique.
The trio settled in Shrewsbury, N.J. and raised seven children and had a positive impact on the lives of their grandchildren. These were the days when families stayed together as a unit and shared laughter and tears.
The author recounts his memories of growing up as a member of this family and relates how they and he survived the Great Depression and World War II.
"Mom" and "Pop" Ahern sent their only three sons into the battles of Europe and Asia and waited for their safe return. In the meantime, they prayed and adhered to the premise that "life must go on". After all, they still had to help their grandchildren get through these difficult times.
In these days of uncertainty, we are witnesses as to how this family coped and how they enjoyed each other's company. You will shed tears of joy and sorrow as you look on as an interested bystander as they played practical jokes on each other and embraced each other with moments of sadness.
All of our emotions will be tapped while reading this family biography. It is a love story of the best kind of love; unselfish love of those who give their love while expecting nothing in return.
Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!
Reviews - What do customers think about If You Love Me You Will Follow?
If You Love Me You Will Follow Jun 30, 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, what a beautiful tribute to Fran Girard's family and at times took me back to my own childhood with many happy memories.
Mr Girard's book almost put you there at the time when things were happening and I have a much better feel how difficult times were during the depression, but having their family unity made it easier to come through that difficult period.
Memories of a time gone by Jun 8, 2007
If You Love Me You Will Follow is a heartwarming tribute to a warm and loving family. The author's obviously cherished memories make for humorous and sometimes tearful reading. The title story alone vividly describes the adventurous spirit of the immigrant ancestors of many of us.Many of the episodes bring to mind events long buried in the mind of the reader. An interesting,attention gripping read!
Growing up in New Jersey Oct 28, 2002
"If you love me you will follow," by Fran Girard, is a charming, simply written memoir of growing up in New Jersey during the Depression and World War II. The story behind the title is alone worth the price of admission. The story testifies to the incredible moral courage and adventurous spirit of an Irish woman and of the forgiving love of her husband. Any preacher would be happy to plagiarise the story for a wedding sermon! As FG tells the tale of his extended family you begin to feel that you know each one of them personally. They are ordinary folk who make no great splash on the public stage but who lead lives of integrity and love during tryine times for the USA.FG did not invent the phrase "The Greatest Generation" but he grew up with some of its members. New Jersey readers especially will identify with FG's loving descriptions of the quotidiana of family life. (Reviewer's Note: I grew up during the same period as FG, and, like him, was a devout movie-goer. My screen hero was a long (wrongly)forgotten actor called Dana Andrews. He starred in some of the great Hollywood classics, like "Laura." In his book FG mentions only one actor by name - Dana Andrews - twice!) FG does not gloss over the difficult periods that every family knows. Nothing is more harrowing than the dinner-table scene played out between the fifteen year old FG and his father. Not many father-son relationships could have survived the incident. I hope that reading this book will inspire others to write down the story of their families.To find out how it's done, read "If You Love Me You will follow. Patrick Connor
If You Love Me You Will Follow Jan 4, 2002
The magic in this book is the tug at the reader's heartstrings as one's own childhood memories are evoked through the telling of the author's family story. With a masterful control of detail and setting, Mr. Girard draws the reader into each episode. Then, having drawn us in, we take a wonderfully poignant journey through the fun and foibles of a family that is both ordinary and extraordinary. This is truly delightful reading for all but especially for the generation who lived through the 1930's and 1940's and for those of us who are their children.
Stories of an Irish Family Nov 20, 2001
Being of Irish descent,I found the book very interesting. Most of all,the memories the author has of his early family life. When I started to read it, I couldn't wait to read each chapter to see what else the family did. I felt like I was part of this family going through each episode. The cover of the book is very eye catching as well as appropriate under current world conditions. I hope this author will continue with additional books.