Margaret Sullivan dines with politicians, rebels, and spies. She is an admired journalist with the Chicago Tribune publishing under a male nom de plume. Her unscrupulous husband is a prominent attorney and power broker with aspirations of his own. They are well-connected members of Chicago's 1880s Irish elite.
On her trip to Ireland to do research for a book she is writing, Margaret meets a charming one-armed Irish rebel named Michael and finds herself attracted to him and his ideas for liberating Ireland. While traveling through the stone-walled back roads of the island, Margaret sees for herself how the poor are treated. She breaks her vow never to get involved, and soon questions if she can ever go back to her old superficial life in Chicago again. Overcome with her new found emotions and strong desire to help, Margaret finds herself easily convinced by Mrs. Delia Parnell that women can be just as crucial in the fight for Ireland's independence as men.
Back home in Chicago, Margaret publishes articles hoping to gain support in America for Michael's cause. That is until he is arrested. Desperate, she turns to her jealous, devious husband for help... but he has a hidden agenda of his own.
Torn between her career as a journalist and compassion for those overseas, she finds herself trapped by her own aspirations. Soon things spin out of control both at home and abroad, and Margaret has to decide how much she is willing sacrifice for Micheal and her love for Ireland. For The Love of Ireland is a historical novel of love and loyalty, deception and honesty. It is about women fighting against traditional roles and gender discrimination during the 1880s. For The Love of Ireland is a work of fiction woven around actual events of the Irish Land League, a Chicago couple and the covert activities of the Clan na Gael.
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A Decent Historical Love Story
I don't think I would, unless it promised to deliver more real history.
No. There are great authors in this genre.
The narrator did a decent job of differentiating characters, but may have over-acted the villains.
It didn't spark much of a reaction at all. The really poignant dramatic scenes were not well-developed, lacking background, and so I did not care much about the outcome. The time in Ireland was a drive-by treatment at best.
If the heroine had been more admirable and the history more interesting, I'd have like it better.
- J. Rose "Celtic Folk, Rock & Fiction"
An Informative and Engaging Story
Susanna Burney does a good job narrating the story. Her female voices are enjoyable and her male voices, convincing. Her pacing is excellent. She captures the tone and mood of the story, and it is easy to listen to her narration.
I found this book to be engaging and detailed in a way that allows you to connect with the storyline, the characters, and the setting. If you like historical fiction about Ireland with women at the focal point, then this is a book you can easily enjoy. The story provides painful insight into the plight of Ireland in the late 1800's as well as an accurate portrait of what it was like for women during this time [Just Audiobook Reviews].
- Red Sapphire