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Passion and Principle Paperback – September 20, 2012
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A passionate story of an Irish American woman's survival in the 1800's.
Passion and Principle is a love story, history lesson and example of what strong passion and principles do for us. Mary Margaret is born with a veil (second sight) in Ireland. This novel was tear-jerking, humorous, realistic, spiritual, and showed how destiny often touched her life. The theme lingers... Do we live our lives with the full force of our passions and our principles?
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From the Author
I started writing the novel that eventually became known as Passion and Principle in 2003. In my previous novel, Bittersweet Summer - Paula's Story, Paula has some dream sequences that hint at past lives and reincarnation. One dream takes place in Ireland and includes her amorous encounter with a young man named Aidan McKenna. For that reason, Passion and Principle started out as the past life of Paula Marlow in Dingle, Ireland, where she knew Aidan McKenna, who reincarnated as young Jamie Remington in the story set in the summer of 1967 where Paula is ten years his senior and he is the nephew of her contentious ex-husband.
Well, that was how the book started out, but Maggie O'Reilly almost instantly took on a life of her own with the other novel becoming entirely irrelevant in terms of the story set in the 1800s. I love Ireland. In fact, I'm mad about Ireland. I happen to be part Irish on my mother's side and Scot-Irish on my father's side, with an English paternal grandmother and German maternal grandfather, the only one I've ever really known. He married an Irish lass born in Kansas, but her grandmother was born in County Cork. However, during my seven trips to Ireland to date I fell in love with the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, so that was where Mary Margaret Kathleen Kelly O'Reilly was born on a crisp November day in 1798, the year of the infamous battle between the British and the Irish seeking independence on the notorious Vinegar Hill.
Starting with 2003 I began to spend my mornings reading books and watching videos about the Irish, the English, Napoleon and Wellington, especially the Battle of Waterloo and the Peninsular Wars, the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, tenant farming, the Druids, midwifery, herbs, the ships that sailed the immigrants across the mighty Atlantic to find freedom and independence in America, with my port of choice: Baltimore, which was established by Lord Baltimore and a group of Catholics seeking freedom from religious persecution in a new land. I don't happen to be Catholic, but in the Ireland of the 1800s the Catholics were the underdogs. Maggie had to be one of the underdogs, after all, in addition to being a rebel in studying the ways of the Old Religion as a Pagan Catholic. Upon doing some research in Dingle in 2003 I met a local historian who told me that he had a friend who was a Pagan Catholic, so I could see that Maggie's descendants were happily carrying on the tradition.
After multiple revisions and a couple of agents who weren't into historical novels, my favorite novel is now a book in print I happen to love perhaps the most of all my stories to date. I hope you enjoy my saga set in the 1800s in Ireland and America, and come to love Mary Margaret just as much as I do!
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