- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 9 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Judy Leslie
- Audible.com Release Date: April 17, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CEKM1VK
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For the Love of Ireland Audiobook – Unabridged
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On a trip to Ireland to gather research for a book she intends to write, she meets young Irish activist Michael Davitt (another historical figure) whom Leslie uses as a romantic interest for Margaret. She is drawn to Michael as strongly as she withdraws from Alex, whose suspicious activities have lately escalated. The Irish American branch of the Land League in America was known as Clan na Gael. The Irish Land League in Ireland sought to rescue the tenants evicted or burned out by their British landlords when they were unable to pay exorbitant rent.
The protagonist, Margaret, is well developed, but obsesses over Michael while decrying her own husband. Granted, Alex is made to look like a despot, while Michael a hero (and he was). I had some difficulty connecting with Margaret. Michael isn't fully fleshed and it might have been interesting to get more of his backstory. This is the author's debut novel and the flow of dialogue, particularly in the first part of the book, appeared a bit awkward. This smoothes out somewhat, but then the reader confronts a few typos or edit misses. Still, a very compelling story of the British/Irish conflict during this time with historical characters come to life in a believable, well-researched scenario including factual events.
I received this timely (March) ebook download from BookBub and was very happy to read and review. Recommended for those of Irish ancestry, those who enjoy this time of year, love historical fiction, or a light historical romance.
Her stories paint a vivid and extremely sad picture of the Irish poor and the unbelievable cruelty of the rich landlords. Margaret is also caught up in a forbidden love for an Irish rebel. I learned a lot of Irish history wrapped around a story of fiction.
This book was a quick and easy read. There were a very few errors that appeared to be computer generated. The author's writing mechanics were good.
The author explained her poetic license in the author's note. The book was based on the rebelling Irish in the late 19th century. Most of the characters were based on real peole, and most of the events really happened. The author, however, failed to use such good fodder to make the book zing. The book simply lacked depth. The book got fantastic reviews from other readers which should be
read to latch onto the storyline.
FOR THE LOVE OF IRELAND is an accurate historical novel with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The characters are based on real people who were involved with the Irish-American organization of Clan na Gael and also others who were involved with the Irish Land League from 1879 through 1889. The Land League raised money to help Irish who were evicted from homes due to high rents charged by the English. I am glad to have read this book to get some background on the somewhat recent history of the animosity that occurs between Ireland and England. I plan on reading more about this period in Irish history.
The fictional part was good, and riled up the feminist in me. Women in the 1800's were treated as possessions, and Margaret Sullivan (our heroine) wrote books and articles in major newspapers under a male pseudonym. In modern terms, Margaret's husband, Alex Sullivan, was a male chauvinist pig and also a criminal. Margaret's infaturation with Michael Davitt, a true life Irish nationalist (member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and founder of the Land League), provided the romance and angst in the story. Apparently people in this time frame were not as quick to jump into bed with others if they were married, and this upstanding fellow respected Margaret's marital status.
The writing was somewhat simplistic, which kept me from giving the book 5 stars. The ending was a little goofy, but the book in general has great historical value and also provides support in how important the role of women can be.
with Ireland's history in particular and this is very well researched and written. The story itself is another
thing - Margaret is a forward thinking American hurnalist at a time when women only had babies and
reared families. She is married to a 'pig' named Alex who is domineering,autocratic,selfish and quite
disgusting. These 2 people just do not ring true or real but it is not eiter. As for the ending why not
just tie it up with a ribbon...too pat a finish for a wild story. Could have done so mny things with this bok,