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Tread Softly on My Dreams (The Liberty Trilogy #1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  244 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Centres around the short but eventful life of Robert Emmet. This novel is also the story of Anne Devlin and Michael Dwyer, and John Curran and his daughter Sarah, who was romantically attached to Emmet.
Paperback, 704 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Wolfhound Press (IE) (first published October 11th 1990)
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Levina  C.
Aug 23, 2012 Levina C. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers; anyone who has Irish ancestry or citizenship
Recommended to Levina by:'s Kindle Store
Gods, I hate books like this.

Books like this one that draw me in so deeply, get me so emotionally involved with its characters, only to crush every one of their hopes and dreams into dust. What's worse is that this is strongly rooted in actual historical fact, so I couldn't just tell myself, Oh, there's need to get so upset, this isn't real anyway, because it was real. Looking it up further on Wikipedia, I found that despite the best efforts of the Irish nationalist rebels in this book and of t
Sep 14, 2008 Caitlin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Irish and British especially.
Recommended to Caitlin by: My nan
I don't usually write reviews for books, but or this one, how could I not?

This book is so moving, I found myself so frustrated for Anne Devlin, so appalled at the treatment of her in Kilmainham, so sickened by the British. But it has opened my eyes to people like Lord Kilmeaden, a Brit who was fair, and Lord Wickham. It has made me more interested in the lives of Tone and Lord Fitzgerald and, of course, Emmet.

It's an absaloutely amazing read to everyone. Irish, English, American, French.... An
Rob Godfrey
(Kindle Edition)
An intriguing story set against the backdrop of the English occupation of Ireland that I knew very little about (other than the occupation was very bad for most of the locals).
A lot of the characters are believable although at times the central ones are almost too good/intelligent/clever to be true.
Well written throughout, I enjoyed this and looked forward to reading the follow on in the trilogy (which I did in quick succession).
I saw this in the Free Kindle books and picked it up immediately. I thought it was a bit slow starting but I couldn't delete it. Finally I was through with quickie reads and settled down with with this wonderful read. It broke my heart! I love historical fiction-but this is even better....
I strongly recommend this book.
Dee Byrne
Excellent book and got my girls to read it. They loved it. A highly recommended book to read.
Four stars for history and for the author's end notes about the real life characters. I always appreciate it when an author educates and informs me about the world.

The painful thing about reading some historical novels is that you know the ultimate fate of the principal players. This one was particularly sad because the fates of these very appealing characters was not good and their sacrifices did not produce good results in the short term. We don't learn easily, and bad people continue to have
Dava Stewart
I didn't expect to like this book, but really did. Historical fiction is a favorite genre, and well researched historical fiction that has more history than fiction Is especially good stuff. The phrase "brings history to life" crossed my mind more than once in thinking about this one.

It is set in Ireland, and as my knowledge of Irish history is sketchy at best, I felt like I was learning while being entertained. There is action, romance, and characters with depth - although the "bad guys" are th
Wonderful book to learn of the Irish struggle for independence! My cousin recommended this book because our grandfather was named for Robert Emmett. I had not known much of his story and did not know anything of the brave Anne Devlin. I stopped reading for awhile toward the end because I knew how it ended and thought reading it would be too upsetting. In between, I went to Ireland, visited Kilmainham Gaol and Emmett's cell, and read a few Irish history books. I finished the book, glad that Curra ...more
Historical fiction based on research. The primary character is Robert Emmet, a young Irish aristocrat who became a leader in the revolts against English rule in the late 1700's- early 1800's. How can anyone who reads such a work as this not be so very grateful for the freedoms that we enjoy? This book was a page turner for me followed by an Internet search to verify the historical accuracy of the real people and events.
“Tread Softly on My Dreams” depicts a turbulent time in Ireland's history; the horrors of living conditions under British rule and the struggles of trying to obtain freedom as a independent nation. Truly a story of courage and love.

Reading Gretta Curran Browne’s historical fiction was a learning experience for me; knowing next to nothing about this era in Irish history. Her portrayal of Robert Emmet and Anne Devlin is incredibly well developed; their convictions and loyalties were beyond admirat
Jean Marie
It was a long haul of a book, 625 pages in this paperback. I was determined to finish it as it is the biography of Robert Emmet, an Irish patriot whose statue stands in my hometown. I wanted to know what his life and death told about the history of Ireland's centuries of struggles for from from England. I very much enjoyed it, especially nearing the end when everything became clear.
My heart is heavy as I finish this novel. What a tribute to some remarkable people who fought for freedom. At times I felt a bit overwhelmed by the details, but it was a complicated time and many people affected the story. I learned a great deal about this period of Irish history. Well done.
Tracey Madeley
The story begins with the birth of the protagonist Robert Emmet. His childhood friend is Richard Curran who is a contrast to the principled Emmet. Lennard is the Emmet’s servant and occupies a significant role in the book and throughout the young man’s life. We see Dr Emmet entertaining friends of his eldest son Thomas – Wolfe Tone and Thomas Russell, both will become famous revolutionaries later in the novel as founders of the United Irishmen.

In chapter 4 we learn about Anne Devlin and her cous
This book touches me so deeply - partly because of it being based in real history - my dad was Irish - from Dublin - my paternal great grandmother, Phoebe Tone, was the niece of Theobald Wolf Tone, whose aims and vision are in the book and I realise emulate, express, my own - re. Ireland - he was so fair, wise, deep thinking - but caught up in the battles of that time frame, sadly (in so many ways).
It's heartbreaking.
I have almost finished reading the book, which was free to download to my Amazo
Very good book about Ireland's\struggle for independence. The kind of book I will not forget. It is a novel but based on real life events and people. Gretta Curran Browne was thorough in her research. The Currans in the book are her ancestors.
Breaks my heart to say this but I could not finish this novel. Book just went on and on. I lost interest. Can't believe this but true even after all the good reviews.
Mrs. Emmet had eighteen children in nineteen years. That was a grabber of an opening. Robert Emmet was the eighteenth child. He was the leader of the Irish revolution occurring in the early part of the nineteenth century. He was an intelligent man of highest character, a true leader. He was twenty-five when he was executed. Anne Devlin was a coconspirator who walked the entire journey with Robert never once betraying him. For that, she was a rare person and friend. Robert's betrothed, Sarah, was ...more
Historical fiction that covers the 1898 Rising in Ireland and the lead up to the next attempt of revolution. The brutality of the English is mindful of the brutality of the Spanish Inquisition. This is book 1 of a trilogy. We are traveling to Ireland in September and I expect to hear more about Robert Emmet and other heroes of the age.
Robert Emmet loved his country, Ireland but knew it had to be taken back from the English. His brother Thomas was involved in the uprising of 1789 but it failed. Now Robert is kicked out of Trinity College for being a patriot of his country; it becomes the beginning of the next attempt to free Ireland in five years. This is a three book series.
This is a historical fiction book that takes place in Ireland in the late 1700's and early 1800's. I really enjoyed it even though it's kind of like reading a book about Lincoln. You hope it will end different but know it won't. It was very informative as well as a good read.
Mike Monahan
A "goodread". I recommend this to anyone interested in stepping into the story of Ireland around the turn of the Seventeenth Century. Rpbert Emmit comes to life in the pages of the recreation. And this is just the beginning! Wait til you get into the next two volumes in the trilogy. I cried over the sad story of the efforts of the Irish People to find their way to self governance. Damn arrogant Brits!!
Very good read taking place during the struggle for Ireland's freedom from England. Well written and most enjoyable.
I have to disagree with most of the other reviews of this novel. I couldn't finish it.
Aug 02, 2013 Malakoka marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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The title "Tread Softly on My Dreams" just screams in my ears, because it is shortened verse from W.B. Yeats's "He Wishes For the Cloths of Heaven".

It sounds like plagiarism , even thou it isn't in fact.

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because
Margaret Snowdon
After reading A World Apart and finding the text and punctuation all over the place, I'd lost my enthusiasm to read another of Gretta Curran Browne's books. However, since I'd purchased it along with the other, I was determined to get through it. I wasn't disappointed. The writer drew me in and kept me reading through to the end - as a history lover I found the story of Ireland and its heroes touching and intriguing - such sacrifice and tragedy - such love and hate. If you too enjoy history, the ...more
Marie Rutherford
A gripping novel strongly rooted in history but not a time-line of events - rather themes of love & loyalty with believable characters & great skill in the telling.I could hardly put it down, it filled some gaps in my knowledge but it was the unexpected twists in the drama that had me "living" the story.The number of characters & some with similar names had me on my toes at times, but nevertheless a "don't miss." It stands alone,but there is another to follow.
Mary Beth Gibson
While this book starts slowly and can be somewhat confusing, stick with it. In no time, it rushes ahead like a stampeding stallion, gripping the reader until the very last page. Making it all the better, it is based on actual people and factual events in Ireland at the turn of the nineteenth century, when Catholics and Protestants banded together to bring about their dream of American-style freedom in their country.
Sharon Tzur
Very interesting historical fiction about the rebellions in Ireland in 1896 and 1803 (hope I got the years right) - with particular focus on some amazing historical figures - Robert Emmet Anne Devlin. There are sections that are very hard to put down. The figures come to life. Well done, but it is a long book, so you'll need to be ready to devote a lot of time to it.

Imelda Keogh
I'm happy you have been led to this page and so, hopefully, to this absolute gem of a book. A powerful and moving story, I shall not say more since you must read and form your own opinion. I can only hope that you do read and love this book as much as I. Quite simply my favourite book.
Very interesting reading a fictionalized account of the Irish uprisings, which had hopes of throwing off the oppressive English in the same way the Americans did only a few decades earlier. Hope to read the next two in this trilogy.
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