Feb 10, 2014

For the Love of Ireland by Judy Leslie ~ Review on Mom Loves 2 Read

On her trip to Ireland to do research for a book she is writing, Margaret meets a charming one-armed Irish rebel named Michael Davitt and falls in love with him and his ideas for liberating Ireland.

While traveling alone on her carriage through the stone-walled back roads of the island, Margaret encounters the terror of an eviction. She breaks her vow, never to get involved, and soon questions if she can ever go back to her artificial life again. Overcome with her new found
emotions and strong desire to help, Margaret finds herself easily convinced by Mrs. Delia Parnell that women can be just as crucial in the fight for Ireland’s independence as men.

Back home in Chicago Margaret publishes articles and rallies support in America for Michael’s cause. That is until the British arrest him. Desperate, she turns to her jealous, devious husband for help...but he has a hidden agenda of his own, and soon strangers are meeting in her house behind locked doors.

Torn between her career as a journalist and compassion for those overseas, she finds herself trapped by her own aspirations. Now Margaret must decide how much she is willing sacrifice for the Love of Ireland.

My Review :
If you love to read about history, if you love Ireland and would enjoy reading a novel that depicts Irish History with drama and mystery; then this would be a great book for you to check out!  The main character, Margaret gets involved in Ireland's fight, while dealing with an unfaithful new husband and all the terror involved with becoming a female Rebel fighting for a cause.  This book is full of mystery, fighting for Ireland, history of Ireland, and drama of an unfaithful marriage.
For the Love of Ireland is a novel of love, deception, loyalty and the history if the Irish Land League. The author’s character development is good and the subject matter is fascinating.  The story is well-written and fast paced, it keeps the reader engaged from beginning to end.
I usually prefer a lighter read, and this one has a lot of real life drama, as well as historical information about Ireland and the main characters in the novel.  I love learning more about Ireland and found the story itself to  very dramatic and intriguing.
This is not a book for younger readers.  I recommend it for ages 18 and older.

Author Info:
Judy Leslie has studied both literary and popular fiction at the University of Washington, and taken classes
from several published authors.  Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Human Resource. She also studied design and is an avid photographer.

Inspired by her days as owner of an antique shop in the historical town of Bellingham, Washington, she decided to focus her writing on historical fiction.

She was saddened by the fact that so many young people discarded the trinkets of their ancestors without knowing the stories behind them. People hold onto a variety items for nostalgic reasons: a lock of hair or a ribbon from a loved one, even old lace and hat pins may have hidden significance. That's how she came up with the idea of having Margaret collect buttons in For the Love of Ireland.

Surrounding herself with antiques also moved her to think about women and how far they had come, as well as all the unsung heroes who had risked their lives, so she could enjoy the freedoms that she does now. She wrote For the Love of Ireland  about the life of one these women,  Margaret Sullivan the unknown woman journalist behind many popular articles in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

Judy believes that though women have made progress, they are still wrestling with the same issues of finding love, happiness and meaning in a world just as their grandmothers and great grandmothers did.

Disclosure: I received free the item(s) mentioned in this post in exchange for my honest review. Regardless ~ All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”.

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