Irish Twins at Center of Novel on Sisterhood, Forgiveness, and Afterlife

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Two sets of Irish Twins, from different generations in the same family, learn lessons in sisterhood, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Endless cups of tea in the afterlife allow one woman to look back upon her relationships with those she loves.

When eighty-year old Anne suffers a fatal stroke while waterskiing, her twin daughters are left with unanswered questions about their mother at a time when their own relationship is falling apart. Sisterhood, relationships, and forgiveness are at the heart of Michele VanOrt Cozzens’ new novel “Irish Twins” (ISBN 9781932172362, McKenna Publishing Group 2010).

Two sets of Irish Twins—Anne and Molly—and Anne’s daughters, Jenny and Caylie—are at the heart of Michele VanOrt Cozzens’ latest novel. When Anne dies from a stroke while waterskiing, her daughters are completely unprepared to lose their mother. The timing is particularly bad as both sisters face their own issues—Jenny has two children and a happy marriage, but she struggles with the onset of middle age. Caylie has three boys, is divorced, and is facing loneliness and desperation. The sisters’ own relationship has begun to crumble. Will their mother’s death strike the final blow to their relationship or help them return to being the tight-knit, trusting sisters they once were?

Meanwhile, Anne’s story is not over. The reader follows Anne, who narrates the novel, into the afterlife—to a place called Ohr. There she meets her own Irish Twin, Molly, who greets her with a hot cup of tea. With Molly as her guide, Anne reviews her own life while keeping watch over her husband and children.

Through Anne’s journey, we discover secrets and revelations of a sister, a World War II bride, a wife, a parent, and a friend. This compassionate and emotional tale explores common childhood expectations and uncovers unexpected insights about death. By recalling her life, not only are family secrets revealed, but Anne also gains new insight into herself. As she watches her daughters, she comes to understand that her love can live on in them.

Reading “Irish Twins” is a satisfying, cathartic experience with a lesson perhaps best summed up in Anne’s words, “I understood that all of our lives did not necessarily go according to the plans we may have hoped for or expected. And our parents couldn’t always be the people we expected or felt we needed them to be. Life offered a constant series of unpredictable events: economic downturns, wars, deaths, murders, miscarriages, stillbirths, accidents, alcohol abuse and, of course, abandonment. It’s so easy to make mistakes. But God does forgive us. And so do our children.” Readers will come away from “Irish Twins” with a sense of hope, perhaps a new understanding of love, and a greater appreciation for the people in their lives.

About the Author
Michele VanOrt Cozzens, a former journalist and newspaper columnist, is the author of “I’m Living Your Dream Life: The Story of a Northwoods Resort Owner,” “The Things I Wish I’d Said,” “A Line Between Friends,” and “It’s Not Your Mother’s Bridge Club.” “Irish Twins” is her third novel. Michele and her family own/operate Sandy Point Resort and Disc Golf Ranch in northern Wisconsin, where they spend their summers. The remaining nine months are spent in Tucson, Arizona, where her daughters attend school. Michele is the co-founder of the non-profit organization HerBeware, dedicated to educating the public about the potential dangers of unregulated herbs found in dietary supplements. Profits from book sales have gone to this cause and to Breast Cancer Research.

“Irish Twins” (ISBN 9781932172362, McKenna Publishing Group 2010) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.michelecozzens.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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