For The Love of Ireland
On her trip to Ireland to do research for a book she is writing ...more
Margaret writes for the ‘Chicago Tribune’ under a male pseudonym and at first she seems quite content with her arrangement. As a woman, few men would even consider the possibility she could be a journalist. This is a good arrangement for her politically ambitious husband, Alex Sullivan.
When she journeys to Ireland and meets the charismatic rebel Michael Davitt, she inst ...more
Leslie’s historical novel is excellent, a strong example for writers in this genre. Margaret Sullivan is a successful journalist in the early 1880s married to Alex an influential lawyer in Chicago. When she travels to Ireland to report on the “troubles” there she witnesses abject poverty and the harsh treatment of renters by British landlords. She meets Michael Davitt, a dedicated leader in the quest for Irish independence, and finds in him a compelling contra ...more
When I first started reading this book ...more
I listened to the audiobook version of this story. I found this book to be engaging and detailed in a way that allows you to connect with the storyline, the characters, and the setting. If you like historical fiction about Ireland with women at the focal point, then this is a book you can easily enjoy. The story provides painful insight into the plight of Ireland as well as an accurate portrait of what it was li ...more
tars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4
“To some, Ireland is no more than an island of rock and dirt shaped by the hand of God.
To the Irish, it is a poem, a myth, a clan, a country.
To the British, Ireland is a possession they don’t want to release.
She is a place of happiness and love, also sadness and sorrow.
Ireland is like Venus to many men, turning their hearts and creating warriors out of peasants.
She is an idea many would lay down their life for. “
This is the prologue quot ...more
Her story takes place in a fairly recent (19th century) explosive and transitional time in Irish history. She has adopted real characters and woven them into a story of unrequited love (for most of the book) around the actu ...more
I loved this book right from the first page to the last page. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read. this book is very informative on the 'll
this is a great book from page one to page 312. it is a very informative book. also makes you realize all the trials Ireland has gone thru over the many year.
For readers who love historical fiction, Judy Leslie’s For the Love of Ireland holds promise. This dark story is based on actual events connecting Margaret and Alexander Sullivan of late 19th Century Chicago with Ireland’s efforts to win independence from Britain.
Margaret Sullivan struggles to find her own way as a journalist, beset by an unhappy marriage. But she is well conditioned to trade her freedom and integrity fo ...more
Margaret is married to a powerful attorney name Alex. He himself has his own aspirations of climbing higher in political ranks.
Together they are a formidable force in 19th Century Chicago with connections inside the Irish Elite.
Margaret takes a trip to Ireland to research the country’s hardships for her upcoming novel.
What she encounters a ...more
Judy Leslie has studied both literary and popular fiction at the University of Washington. For The Love of Ireland is her debut novel. 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 discovered that throughout history people held onto a variety items just for sentimental reasons: a lock o...more