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A Passionate Girl

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Beautiful, rebellious Bess Fitzmaurice is mesmerized by Dan McCaffrey, an American of Irish descent who has come to Ireland to aid the Fenian revolt against British tyranny. He appears in her home on May Eve 1865, fleeing British forces. To Bess, Dan is the mythical Donal Ogue, the hero of a famous Irish poem, returned to rescue Ireland--but right now, he is an American Ci ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Tor Books (first published February 1st 1979)
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Don Corcoran
I turned to Flemings book as a supplement to some research I was doing on the time and place (New York circa 1866). Fleming does a great job introducing characters of the period and bringing to harsh focus the realities of turn-of-the-twentieth-century political corruption. I was endeared by the song-like prose early in the novel, the part set in Ireland, but became bored with the matter-of-fact telling of events throughout most of the book's middle portion. I might surmise that Fleming was chan ...more
This book is actually somewhere between two and three stars in my opinion, so I rounded up.
I love the story and the portrayal of events in Irish-American history with which not many people are familiar, but the protagonist made me want to scream and throw things. All through the book, she does stupid and selfish things that get her into bad situations, and then she whines about how difficult and sorrowful her life is without ever learning from her mistakes. The book itself was interesting, but m
This book is about an interesting part of American and Irish history and I found a surprising tie in with my family history. One of the American characters was from Pulaski Tennessee and fought for the South during the Civil War -- some of my family members were Scotch Irish from Pulaski who went and fought for the South in the 9th Alabama.

Family connection aside, this was a well researched book with some interesting characters but the whole thing never really came together for me.
I actually really enjoyed this book. The story is very uniquely written in that it is writing as a story that could be true as our every day lives. Lives aren't always fairy tales. It is nice to see reality through a book that also has romance. The historical events & references throughout the book are tremendous. I will definitely read another Thomas Fleming novel.
Roger Henley
This is a great read. It was like reading a story with a story. There was one adventure to another. Shown hardships and triumph never a dull moment in which every Character you read about you become a character yourself within the story.
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I actually didn't like this book much. I read 250 pages and I still didn't really care about the characters, so I gave up.
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Thomas J. Fleming is an historian and historical novelist, with a special interest in the American Revolution. He was born in 1927 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of a World War I hero who was a leader in Jersey City politics for three decades. Before her marriage, his mother, Katherine Dolan Fleming, was a teacher in the Jersey City Public School System.

After graduating from St. Peter's Prepa
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