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WINNER OF"READERS' FAVORITE" GOLD MEDAL AWARD
Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
A truly incredible historical novel set in the beauty of Ireland's dark and tumultuous past. In Tread Softly on My Dreams, Gretta Curran Browne successfully captures the raw emotion and powerful will of Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin and Sarah Curran as they fight for a free Ireland, justice and love.
Robert Emmet is a quiet, intelligent young man who is a suspected traitor to the crown. He flees to France and begins setting his plans in motion.
Five years later, Robert returns to his beloved homeland, and in Butterfield Lane his rebellion unfolds. Anne Devlin becomes his maid, confidant and trusted messenger.
During this time, Robert falls in love with Sarah Curran, who is battling her own demons created by her parents. However, Robert stays true to the cause for a free Ireland while faced with deception, the Castle, and his dwindling wealth.
From the very beginning of Tread Softly on My Dreams by Gretta Curran Browne, I was captivated by the rugged beauty of Ireland's mountains and its soft lush valleys. The author's detailed description of each setting enhanced the vision for the story, while each new character increased the intrigue. Every path created provided clarity of the situation, both personal and political, and showed great determined strength of the human spirit to stand firm in the beliefs of a free Ireland, even at the expense of their own lives. I found myself cheering on the hero and heroines of the story, applauding their successes as well as shedding tears at the injustices, brutality, and suffering of the people who simply wanted their freedom.
The reader's heart will swell with the love Robert has for Sarah, and the dedication and unspoken love Anne has for Robert. A fantastic read from beginning to end.
From the Author
"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 Robert Emmet."-------Oscar-winning actor COLIN FIRTH (Sunday Times Magazine 2012)
I like the story very much. Historical fiction is a favorite genre of mine. The three stars is for the poor proofreading. I'm only 30% through the Kindle version and there are many typographical errors that distract the reader. The proofreader should be more careful. If I was the author, I would be annoyed.
A book I put down as I neared its end because, as I was supposed to do, I liked the hero who was destined to die too much to bear his death.
I'd like to wish his end on the people who prepare these books for e publication. There are too many distracting errors. I'll grant the author had a few clinkers of her own to offer. If they had appeared with regularity, I might be more inclined to believe she meant to emulate a dialect. But spelling and formatting is clearly with the publisher(s). It's time all of us, as reader customers of Amazon, and other e-publishers, to insist e books be as carefully edited and published as print books used to be.
Among other things, a whole generation of readers is learning bad habits by example.
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
This truly was an epic. Thoroughly satisfying and quite inspiring. It's been a long time since I've had to put a book down because I couldn't face what happens next. It's been even longer since I felt the pain of characters in history, and deep scorn for some as well. The author is gifted and I thank her for giving me much to think about as I reflect on this rich and poignant story. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana. This book is a reminder that we need to be vigilant to what's occurring even today. Freedom is precious.
This, the first of three books about Irish history, starts out a little rough, writing style-wise, but then blooms into a story that ended with me sobbing uncontrollably in the final part of the third book.
The prose in the first few chapters of Tread Softly aren't the smoothest, and it took me a while to truly get into the story and the characters, but once things heat up, Browne creates a truly wonderful work of literature and history. Starting these books totally blind to 1780's Ireland, I had no idea how any of these stories would end ... at least I didn't, until I looked up some articles about the time on Wikipedia and proceeded to give myself some really awful spoilers. And by the end of the three books, I'm mourning the deaths of quite a few people who all died 200 years ago.
My mom unsympathetically reminded me that I *did* know Ireland doesn't win its independence until the 20th century, so what was I expecting?
"...For the Great Gaels of Ireland Are the men that God made mad, For all their wars are merry And all their songs are sad." - GK Chesterton.
I found there were a lot of characters and sometimes forgot who they were. I wrote them down in the beginning of the book, but during the "uprising," new names were popping up too often, and it was hard to keep them all straight. Some parts were too long and tedious, just had to scan through them. I had never heard of Robert Emmet. Not sorry I persevered and read it, but I'll not continue the trilogy.
How did the book contain so many errors, sloppy editing or what?
The novel seemed to be well-researched and gave me a lot of insight into 18th century Irish history--especially as related to the conflict between the Irish and the English. The story did not have a "happy" ending since it was based on history and that part of reality wasn't happy. However, the ending was satisfying and well done. I liked the follow-up that gave information about the lives of the major characters after the time written about.
Very well done. Even though I normally like happy endings, I also especially like historic fiction and much of the world's history is difficult to read, but necessary to fully understand that the values we hold dear today are only possible because of the heroic efforts of a multitude of both known and nameless individuals who did what was right in spite of the cost to their personal lives.