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TREAD SOFTLY ON MY DREAMS: An Epic Novel From Ireland's Past (Robert Emmet's Story) (The Liberty Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gretta Curran Browne
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“We were taught nothing about Ireland or its history in school, and when I did learn of the part we played in that struggle, I felt shame. The world should know about young men like Tone and Robert Emmet.”-------Oscar-winning actor COLIN FIRTH (Sunday Times Magazine 2012)

Gretta Curran Browne's books have been internationally published in translation throughout Europe and Japan.



THE BOOK SOME CRITICS ARE CALLING - THE IRISH `LES MISERABLES'

WHAT THE PRESS SAY ABOUT “TREAD SOFTLY ON MY DREAMS”

“A compelling mix of political thriller and love story, beautifully written, meticulously researched, immensely enjoyable and, by turns, heartbreaking and uplifting.” – THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

“I can honestly say it’s one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read for some time. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – IRISH WORLD

“Written with feeling and humour, and the meticulous research illuminates the scene without ever intruding upon it”. – SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

“A very fine achievement.” – SUNDAY PRESS

“Her research brought her to the Wicklow Hills, the archives in Dublin Castle, and back again to the Crown papers in London … an incredible tale of political corruption.” – ‘IRISH TIMES

“A hidden, secret story behind the commonly received “facts”, one that has nothing to do with legend … cuts across political or religious prejudices.” – BELFAST TELEGRAPH

“On as grand a scale a Flanagan’s “The Year Of The French”. She has treated the story of Robert Emmet sensitively and movingly and has also managed to produce a well-balanced and fast-paced story.” – IRELAND ON SUNDAY

When first published in hardback, Tread Softly On My Dreams and Fire On The Hill were bought by the University of Notre Dame in the USA, The National Library of Ireland, and The Princess Grace Irish Library in the Palace of Monaco.

AN EPIC NOVEL FROM IRELAND’S PAST. (Book One of THE LIBERTY TRILOGY)

"The Emmets are Protestants, belonging to the elite society of Ireland’s ruling class. Born in 1778, Robert Emmet, the youngest son of the State Physician of Ireland, has grown up in the heart of a prosperous and loving family, one of the most respected in Dublin city. From his parents he acquired a deep love of Ireland and a commitment to justice. From his brother Thomas he acquired an understanding of the divisions and inequalities of his country.

In the historic year of 1798 Robert’s life changed from its charted course to one of rebellion. A brilliant student at Trinity, he casts aside all hopes of a scientific career, all the privileges of his class, to join the United Irishmen – a society dedicated to the union of Protestant and Catholic. But the men in Dublin Castle determined on the continuance of English rule, force him to flee to France. But even as his boat sails away from his beloved homeland, he looks back and knows he will return – to the cause of his country’s liberty, and to the beautiful girl he has fallen in love with, Sarah Curran, the daughter of Ireland’s most talented lawyer.

He returns – and meets Anne Devlin, a passionate and brave Catholic country girl, who becomes his most devoted companion.

Set against the background of the beauty of Ireland, the dark clouds of its past, as well as the humour and dreams of its people, this is a passionate and powerful true story of three young people, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, and Sarah Curran, drawn together in love, in hope, and tragedy.

"Although I started off thinking this would be a love story, an incredible tale of political corruption began to unfold." The Irish Times.


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About the Author

Gretta Curran Browne is an internationally published author in Europe and Japan. She was born in Dublin city where she spent some of her childhood years in the notorious Goldenbridge orphanage. Later she was transferred to a second orphanage in Preston in England, which was less harsh, and where, due to one special nun, she became acquainted with the magic of storytelling. In her teenage years she moved to London to study Drama, working as a telephonist at night to pay her rent and attending Drama school in the day: after which she spent some years working full time in theatre and occasionally in television. Her first attempts at professional writing began after her two children were born, and she became a full-time mother, writing at night when the world and her children were asleep. She began with two short stories, both of which won prizes. She then began her first novel, Tread Softly On My Dreams, based on the true story of the young Irish hero, Robert Emmet. Published by Headline and critically acclaimed by the Press, Tread Softly On My Dreams was acquired by the University of Notre Dame in the US, and The Princess Grace Irish Library in the Palace of Monaco. This was followed by her second Irish novel, Fire On The Hill and later followed by her first contemporary novel, Ghosts In Sunlight. Gretta’s writing career was interrupted in full flow when her son broke his back in an accident and needed her care for some years. Now fully recovered, her son is a successful young actor and Gretta has returned to her passion for writing. She has just completed The Far Horizon, the sequel to By Eastern Windows, set primarily in early Australia. Gretta is married to a lawyer and lives in London.

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best novel about Ireland I've ever read December 2, 2002
By Kat
Format:Paperback
"Tread Softly on my Dreams" is the best novel about Ireland that I've read--and I've read many. (Of course Morgan Llywelyn's novels are outstanding, but this even beats them.) Like another reviewer, I came to this book accidentally. What a find! The writing is good, the story is wonderful and parts of the book just shine. Robert Emmet's plea from the dock during his trial brings a lump to the throat of all of us with Irish blood. There's a great mixture of fact and fiction. This is one of those books that inspires you to go to non-fiction to find out what really happened. In my opinion that should be the goal of all historical fiction writers. If you like historical fiction and especially if you are in love with Ireland like I am, you must read this book.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down November 16, 2000
Format:Paperback
This is probably the best book I have ever read. It has all the history of the story with a very personal human touch. I have never been so emotionally moved while reading a book, especially at the ending.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant-emotional, gripping & tense October 27, 1999
Format:Paperback
This book was one of the most enjoyable but extremely moving books that I have ever read. Robert Emmet was a wonderful man with a passion and dream as great as any Irishman had for Ireland. This was set during a very troubled time of Irelands history that gave me a great understanding of Irish history. Gretta Curran Browne spent fours years researching for this book and all I can say is that I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class Historical Fiction March 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
The author who may actually be a descendant of Sarah Curran Robert Emmet's never to be wife has produced a first class piece of work here. It is a historical fiction version of the events leading to and after the 1803 Robert Emmet rebellion. The author has obviously done tremendous research on the historical facts of what happened and who did what as her attention to detail is very clear. She gives life to historical figures such as Anne Devlin whom many may not know so much about and does justice to the memory of Robert Emmet who of course is most famous for his final words:
Emmet's speech from the dock at his trial would become an inspiration to later generations seeking Irish freedom. "We fight that all of us might have our country, and, that done, each of us shall have our religion," he said, ending with, "When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written."

All in all a great book which is well worth tracking down.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! June 3, 2006
Format:Paperback
Inspired by genealogical research that led me to find such a direct line to Scotland and Ireland in my family, I had decided to learn more about the history of both countries. As William Wallace's inner strength and noble acts were brought across in Mel Gibson's movie, "Braveheart," Gretta Curran Browne has done admirable honor to Robert Emmet, a hero no less strong and noble. This book reads like an engaging historical movie that does stay true to actual events in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Your time will not be wasted with this reading.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devlin's in the detail March 12, 2003
Format:Paperback
Absolutely fabulous book - and so is the sequel 'Fire On The hill'. This is the first book on Emmett and his abortive rising that gives Anne Devlin her proper place, and shows her bravery and love for Emmett for what it was. Read this and know what a great historical novel should be, and as a great introduction to many of ireland's greatest heroes. This should be on everyone's list if you are at all interested in ireland's history
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why so few reviews? August 7, 2013
By Mom2BE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I honestly don't understand why this book doesn't have a thousand positive reviews. I love historical fiction. However I realize it's not a popular genre, so I assume that explains the lack of reviews. There are a lot of characters to keep up with. It's not a fluff read, but certainly not a difficult read. I absolutely loved it. If you are at all interested in the history if Ireland I strongly recommend this book. There is a lot of information about the political & judicial system of the time, but it is not a dry book. You will also find a love story & fully developed characters that will make you not want to put the book down. I wish it had ended differently, but since the book is based on fact sadly that couldn't be....sigh
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story about amazing people March 29, 2013
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OMG! Great heroes - the heralded ones who are known through history, but also the brilliant people working for the cause in the background. I have nothing but admiration for these people and Gretta Curran Browne captures their passion and love for their freedom and enormous willpower to carry it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story. I imagine why there are some poor ...
Good story. I imagine why there are some poor reviews is because it is so sad! However, Robert's quiet heroism is inspiring and the whole story opened for me a new interest in... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Storygirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiction and non fiction in one book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of history regarding Ireland and its separation from the UK and its association with France. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Actor woman
3.0 out of 5 stars It is an interesting story written in stilted prose marred ...
It is an interesting story written in stilted prose marred by the apparent lack of a copy editor. It would be interesting to re-read the book should an editor be consulted and the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by sandra simpson-kraft
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I couldn't get past the first few pages.
Published 10 days ago by Dawn Carlson
4.0 out of 5 stars but excellent storh so far
Only halfway through, but excellent storh so far. I only wish it had better editing. Many proofreading errors that are distracting.
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I loved this book. I learned so much Irish history from this book. It was so amazing and so well written.
Published 17 days ago by Peggy W
5.0 out of 5 stars You May Cry
This is a heartbreaking story about the early fighters for Ireland's independence from the UK. It is well researched and well written.
Published 17 days ago by Purplespa
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting history but not much character development.
Published 19 days ago by JC Cherry
4.0 out of 5 stars an important historical novel
It was a page turner. I did not like the ending but it is history, so important. I would recommend this book to all who are interested in history of Ireland.
Published 23 days ago by verna carnealverna Carneal
5.0 out of 5 stars I should have known the book would be very sad, and sad it was
Knowing the history of Ireland, I should have known the book would be very sad, and sad it was. However, it was expertly written, and the story drew me in, and I had a difficult... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katherine L. Triboli
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More About the Author

Gretta Curran Browne was born in Dublin city where she spent some of her childhood years in the notorious Goldenbridge orphanage. Later she was transferred to a second orphanage in Preston in England, which was less harsh, and where, due to one special nun, she became acquainted with the magic of storytelling.
In her teenage years she moved to London to study Drama, after which she spent some years working full time in theatre and occasionally in television.
She wrote her first two short stories after her two children were born and she became a full-time mother, writing at night when the world and her children were asleep; both stories won prizes.

She then began her first novel, "Tread Softly On My Dreams", based on the true story of the young Irish hero, Robert Emmet. Published by Headline and critically acclaimed by the Press, Tread Softly On My Dreams was acquired by the University of Notre Dame in the US, and The Princess Grace Irish Library in the palace of Monaco. This was followed by her second Irish novel, "Fire On The Hill" and later followed by her first contemporary novel, "Ghosts In Sunlight".

Gretta's writing career was interrupted in full flow when her son broke his back in an accident and needed her care for some years. Now fully recovered, her son is a successful young actor and Gretta has returned to a full-time career as a professional writer: BY EASTERN WINDOWS, THE FAR HORIZON, JARVISFIELD, THE WAYWARD SON.

Throughout 2014 she has been working on her latest Novel which will be published in 2015. Gretta is married to a lawyer and lives in London.




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