Here are some reviews for The House With the Wraparound Porch:


Diana: Mary Pat Hyland has a delicious way of immersing me into her story lines! I’ve read all of her books, and hate it when it comes to an end, and this book is no exception. The characters are authentic, true to human nature; warm, funny, loving, and of course just the opposite qualities in some. The suspense and drama are realistic and gets under your skin until it comes to a conclusion. Mary Pat is an amazing author, and I regularly recommend her books to others.

Marylou: This was one of the best novels I’ve read in a very long time! One of those books that I had to read in one sitting and it was well worth staying up most of the night for………..I was sorry to get to the end of the story and kept wishing there was more. The settings, the characters, the story and most of all, the family dynamics were just unforgettable. Hope there’s a sequel in the near future.

Beatrice: I was hooked from the first door slam. I had to know what will happen next when I got to the end of each chapter. At the end, I closed the book and cried. My tears were from sadness that the story ended and from the tension in the story. You Have TO READ THIS BOOK!

Cinda: This is a lovingly written family saga spanning nine decades, and a joyous tribute to the Finger Lakes region of New York and the families that have been there for generations. The characters are real and familiar, and so are the issues and choices the various members of the family face. I now want to dance by the light of the blue moon, and enjoy a glass of wine and a chat on the wraparound porch with the McNamara sisters….

Penelope: This book captured my heart from the very first chapter! Not only does it convey the spirit and beauty of New York’s Keuka Lake, it filled me with genuine caring for its characters. The generational tale introduces us to a family bound by love, secrets and tragedy. MaryPat Hyland does an extraordinary job of bringing the family and its history to life and makes it easy to see a bit of ourselves in her fierce, strong, tenuous, and adoring family.

Gary: I love MaryPat Hyland’s books. This one is the best by far!!! I hope there are sequels to this book!

Eileen: This is a wonderful book about family. I really enjoyed the local references, and how Mary Pat Hyland captured the era….”fried cakes”, the Sinclair gas station with the giant dinosaur, men smoking “Lucky Strikes”. I remember all of those things from when I was growing up. The characters stay with you, even after you have finished the book. (I would like to know what’s happening in their lives now!) After I read it, I recommended it to my aunt, who also loved it. I have suggested it to my “teacher friends” and to my cousin for her book club. Even though it is 500 pages, it is a quick read.

Crispy: I very much enjoyed reading another book by Mary Pat Hyland. This book talks alot about families over generations, and what stays the same and what changes. The author did a great job in tracing the characters through the four generations and in developing the different personalities. The family members have to deal with many issues and they often have varying viewpoints and disagree very much, but each viewpoint is treated with respect by the author. I appreciated that. Her descriptions of scenery and people help to put you right on that porch with the family members. Having lived in Binghamton, NY, for a while, I recognized many of the localities described. Definitely a good read!

Suzy Q: I truly do love this book! Chapter after chapter after chapter just keeps you wanting more! Mary Pat is such a good writer! The characters in the book are so well described. Each situation/scene is described in detail. It really puts you right there! There is drama in the book, there is comedy in the book. There is everything in the book. I highly recommend the book to anyone. I not only bought it for my Kindle, but I bought the paperback too!

Connie: Ms. Hyland did a great job of keeping my interest and getting me involved with the character’s lives. I highly recommend you read all her books.

Becky: I have read “The House With the Wraparound Porch, because Mary Pat is my online friend, and I wanted to support her writing. She is such a great author & friend. I really enjoyed the story and didn’t want it to end. I will definitely share the book with my friends and let them know about Mary Pat’s other books.


Joe: I have read several of Mary Pat’s books and I have to say this one is my favorite.

I laughed, I cried but most of all I felt as if I was part of the family. This book spans several generations of family and is set in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. As I sit here writing this I can smell the “Fried Cakes” cooking….


Gary: A thoroughly enjoyable and heartfelt story of a family through 4 generations in the Finger Lakes region of NY. The characters were very “real” and well-defined and connected. The author’s style of writing is very down-to-earth,and at times I felt like I was right there taking part in the family’s conversations. The author captures a very real sense of time and place, revealing both the joys and sorrows of life, and the ties that bind. I finished the novel wishing the McNamara sisters all the best in my mind, as I felt I really got to know them and the wonderful wraparound porch that is such a integral part of their inner fabric and heritage. Highly recommended!


Kate: Great book about a family through several generations. Loved the setting of Keuka and the surrounding area, brought back lots of great memories.