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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

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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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  • File Size: 1851 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eighty-Eight Publications; 3 edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J2AQ32
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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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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kat on December 2, 2002
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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Johnston on November 16, 2000
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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 By Kerrie Carroll on October 27, 1999
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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marc McElligott on March 1, 2012
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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 By Charlie Chaplin on June 3, 2006
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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 By Micheal O Doibhilin on March 12, 2003
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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 By Mom2BE on August 7, 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on March 18, 2014
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Good historical fiction. Too many characters though. Extremely poor editing of the e-book; many, many errors made reading book difficult.
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