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The Blood upon the Rose

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Ireland in 1919 is seething with violence, tension and divided loyalties - and so is the heart of the beautiful, wilful heiress Catherine O'Connell-Gort. For Catherine, by heritage, is a glittering symbol of British rule and oppression - yet by inclination she is a traitor to her class. A fervent supporter of Sinn Fein, she is also the secret lover of Sean Brennan, an IRA ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published 2011 (first published 1992)
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Blood Upon the Rose" is sort of Romeo and Juliet story set against the backdrop of the violence in Ireland in the early 1900s when the Irish Republican Army (Sinn Fein) was actively engaged in fighting for Irish independence. Catherine is a member of the upper class, which does not believe in the independence movement. Sean is actively engaged in Sinn Fein. They should be natural enemies but in a twist of fate, they fall hard for each other even with everything else going on. It is a great, ...more
BetteRose Ryan
I have an outstanding book by Tim Vicary called The Blood Upon the Rose. The title made me think of a song I have called Grace by the Dubliners. I found it interesting at the end of the book that the title apparently did come from the words in the song.

About the Book:
Catherine is a wealthy, highborn heiress but during her medical training, she falls for a young man, Sean, of lesser breeding. Catherine is not hiding her moral support of Sinn Fein but Sean is hiding a dreadful secret, one Cather
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Alle Wells
The Blood Upon the Rose is a masterfully written historical romance that places the reader in Ireland during the aftermath of World War I. This touching story of forbidden love is tightly woven into stunning historical scenes that relive the birth of the Irish Republic Army and the devastation of war.

Catherine O’Connell-Gort is a Protestant heiress and the only daughter of an army intelligence officer. A young woman ahead of her time, Catherine is well educated and sympathizes with the soldiers
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Kavita
This book deals with the story of the Irish Independence and the formation and activities of the IRA and effectively brings out divided personal loyalties in the bigger picture of political unrest. The time period has been well researched and the characters fit well into the background.

The feel of Ireland in the 1920s is very strong, and is the mainstay of the entire book. The despair of the local people, the determination of the British authorities to stamp out Irish nationalism and the anger o
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Melanie Adkins
It's 1919 and the Irish Republican Army has declared war on Britain. They see no reason why an outsider should rule their country when they've been doing it for years. It's a war with firm sides. While Britain is trying to stabilize Ireland, the IRA is doing everything in it's power to fight back. Catherine and her father are on opposite sides of this war. Privileged and extremely independent, Catherine feels the IRA is justified in the war it's waging. Her father on the other hand feels the IR ...more
Jenny Twist
Fascinating and Deeply Moving

Catherine O'Connell-Gort, the only surviving child of Sir Jonathan O'Connell-Gort had always been wild and reckless. When other girls of her age and class were 'coming out' as débutantes, she insisted on going to university to study medicine. And it was there that she met Sean Brennan – handsome, charming... and an active member of the nascent Irish Republican Army.
Catherine's father is desperately taking a stand for the old regime against the I R A murderers and re
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Mike
Well written tale of the Irish troubles of 1919/20. Beginning with an actual ambush attempt on Viceroy French, it weaves facts in along with the fictional romance and action. The characters of the main fictional actors: Sean, Cathy, Kee & Andrew Butler are apt and believable. They come across as distinct individuals and not as quite often happens with poorer writing, minor variations on the same character but with different names and physical descriptions.
A similar difficulty is raised as oc
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Cathy Speight
I thoroughly enjoyed this historic-fiction novel by Tim Vicary, my first experience of this author. Set in a politically divided Ireland in the early nineteen hundreds and backdropped by the First World War, it stages politics, class, and romance and demonstrates how the three just don’t mix.

Catherine is a single-minded, obstinate, and determined young girl, the daughter of a wealthy colonel. Sean is a fanatical young man, dedicated to the IRA and its elusive leader, Michael Collins. Their attra
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Sandra Maydin
The Blood Upon the Rose is a historical love story-taking place during the 1900s highlighting the conflict between Ireland and England. Catherine is a strong woman outspoken medical student who falls in love with Sean a member of the Sinn Fein (a group of Irish rebels). The problem is that Catherine’s father is on the opposite side of the war, so you see forbidden love element to the story brewing. I’m really not into historical novels; in fact it took me a longer time to read the book but that ...more
Marga
Good reading. Enjoyed all the well written story and historical facts. Hard to put down.
Donna
I so enjoyed this. It's historical fiction, which I've always liked. But I didn't realize the background story and characters were true to life--until I started recognizing that some of the characters were actual people. I learned a lot about Michael Collins, the Easter Rising, the Irish troubles, etc. Leans toward the romance novel vein, but fascinating and entertaining.
Teri Heyer
Oct 01, 2012 Teri Heyer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has a passion for Ireland.
Recommended to Teri by: Twitter
I finished reading 'The Blood Upon the Rose' last night. This was a fast paced book that I didn't want to end. It is truly about love and death in Ireland. If you love well-written historicals and have a passion for anything about Ireland and the IRA, then this is the book for you. One by one I'm reading my way through all of Tim Vicary's wonderful novels.
Susie
A compelling story with lots of suspense that details the IRA movement against Britain. I've heard much over the years about the IRA but didn't fully understand the situation until I read this novel. The author tells a good story and also makes it easy to understand what was going on during that time.
Carolyn
3.5 stars. This early 20th century tale of the Irish revolution was filled with a characters with varying points of view of the issues of the time and place. It was impossible for me to pick out a hero in this story because all had resonable justifications and flawed ones as well.
Martha Souza
This was an interesting book about the Irish Sinn Fein vs British rule. Of course, iI includes a love story.
It was well written and held my attention though the start is a little slow.
Michelle
I haven't read much about the Irish revoluation against the British. This was a very interesting book. Didn't really like the ending though. Thought it ended a bit abruptly.
Phyllis
This is the continuing story for Irelands fight for independence. Very well written. I would recommend it to anybody who likes historical fiction.
Shelli


I was really enjoying this book, with all it's twists, but absolutely hated how it ended! Too many unanswered questions!
Carolyn
This was an okay book about the Irish revolution in the early 1900's. I was disappointed in the ending though. It didn't really end.
Jacqueline
A thoroughly depressing book about the time of the troubles in Ireland. Couldn't finish it, which is rare for me.
Cathy
Good reading. Enjoyed the characters and story.
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