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For The Love of Ireland

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Margaret Sullivan dines with politicians, rebels, and spies. She is an admired journalist with the Chicago Tribune publishing under a male nom de plume. Her unscrupulous husband is a prominent attorney and power broker with aspirations of his own. They are well-connected members of Chicago’s 1880s Irish elite.

On her trip to Ireland to do research for a book she is writing
Paperback, 1st, 314 pages
Published March 15th 2013 by CreateSpace
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Wendy Janes
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Margaret Sullivan writes under a male pen name for the 'Chicago Tribune'. In 1879 she travels to Ireland to carry out research for a book she is writing, and there she learns first hand how harshly the poor are treated. She also meets the dashing Irish rebel, Michael Davitt, and the indomitable Mrs Delia Parnell. Her experiences in Ireland stir complex emotions, and confirm a strong desire to help the cause of Irish independence through writing and fund-raising. Over the next decade her loyaltie ...more
Shawn Scarber Deggans
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For the love of Ireland is an amazingly well developed historical novel that charts ten years in the life of Margaret Sullivan.

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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a first-reads giveaway. It's the author's debut novel. I read it in two days and being proud of my Irish heritage, I found myself having a hard time putting it down. It brought to light more of Ireland's history that I didn't know much about. The story of Margaret Sullivan was beautifully written. And because of this book I looked into the lives of all the character mentioned and at the same time had myself a history lesson. If you like historical fictions with a bit of a love ...more
Lorin Cary
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lorin by:
Judy Leslie, For The Love of Ireland

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
Joyce Shaughnessy
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: every reader
For the Love of Ireland by author Judy Leslie, is one of the most skillfully written, expressive, and interesting books I have ever read from a first time author. The author’s character development is very good and the subject matter is fascinating. There is a strong romantic thread running throughout the novel, so any lover of romance novels will enjoy it, but it is also a page-turning beauty that imparts historical fact in an interesting and memorable way.

When I first started reading this book
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of "For The Love Of Ireland" from Goodreads and was excited to journey through Ireland's unsteady political landscape with a determine woman. What struck me immediately about the novel was the overly simplistic writing. I actually checked online to see if I had mistakenly entered to win a copy of a young adult novel. I couldn't figure out whether this book was intended for adults, but I find it highly doubtful that anyone above middle school would enjoy this novel. The events in the ...more
Kathy Golden
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've posted a detailed review of this book with no spoilers at Just Audiobook Reviews

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
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story of "Margaret" a writer who in her day could not be recognized as a women. She writes under an alias male name about the tribulation of poor tenants in Ireland. She is married to a beast of a man who takes pleasure in tormenting her. Margaret falls for an Irish rebel while on her journeys. In the end she rebels herself against the man she married and came to despise. A great story of love and hardship.
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: goodreads
SO So good! I could not decipher between what was fiction and what was historical. The story blends together both so well, and it really is a work of art. I loved the tone and balance of the time line events. Very well thought out plot. I really enjoyed reading this piece. Thank you to the author, Judy Leslie, and Goodreads for making it available for my rate and review.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
AudioBook Review
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
Doug James
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Judy Leslie has written a lovely story that is interesting, informative and, at the same time, instructive. I know I have read an excellent book when it motivates me to read more about the actually history of a particular period. In this case the Irish 19th century “troubles.”
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
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The historical detail in this novel is impressive, the time period and subject matter fascinating. I loved the way the author dealt with the moral dilemma of a love outside marriage. The presentation is complex and insightful, and doesn't insult the reader with simplistic solutions or opinions. For that reason, the character of Margaret seems especially well-developed, and I sympathized with her. But the main source of interest for me was the plight of the poor Irish tenants, ousted from their h ...more
Simply amazing. I loved the story about Margaret and this Irish fellow named Michael. I got a chance to listen to the audio and it was awesome. I think any edition would be great but there was something great about having it read to you. It allowed me to feel transported to Ireland and helped me visualize the landscape and time period. This historical novel spans over ten years and in the book you will find that she is married to another man. Margaret is bound to one man but loves another.
Geraldine Ostrowski
For the love of Ireland one great book

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
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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.

Hannah Brady
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Tried so hard and couldn't finish it. She walks into a "casual restaurant" in Dublin and orders "fish and potatoes and a beer." As a writer and someone who's been to Dublin, there are so many things wrong here I actually can't believe it was published.
Stanley McShane
This is a mesmerizing fictional story of how these real historical figures affected society and the lives they touched in their efforts to help secure a free Ireland in the late nineteenth century. The story captures successful journalist Irish born Margaret Sullivan living in Chicago writing for a major newspaper under a nom de plume. Margaret married powerful and successful attorney Alex Sullivan as a vehicle to access the political and wealthy body of late 1800s America, access she'd otherwis ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am waiving my white flag on this book. I hate to leave a book unfinished and I hate to give it a 1 star. With that being said, I have no desire to continue reading. The story did not pull me in, I fall asleep every time I attempt to read this book, I just cannot continue. The writing is so simple and so boring. The author tells you everything Margaret is thinking, feeling, looking at it, etc. It gives the reader no interpretation or imagination. The author even describes trivial things like op ...more
Riya Patel
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about the journey of Margaret Sullivan and how she raises her voice for the right and ends up in a dramatic adventure herself. I mainly loved this book due to the amount of justice and encouragement it shows to raise your voice for what is right regardless of the circumstance you are in. The book is like reliving the times back in the day for example when women were fighting for their rights. It has an outdated setting with a modern initiative. I was fond of it due to the drama, mes ...more
Leslie Horton
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was just ok. I typically love historical fiction, but this one didn't grab me. I enjoyed it, but would not emphatically recommend. If you like history and Ireland, it's enjoyable. The story had a lot of potential, but the lack of detail in portions of the book left me wanting. It's also billed as a love story, but the two main characters never spend any time together. Sure there's love from afar, but I'm not convinced they were in the same room enough for a distance lasting love.
Nicole Swirsley
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This kind of historical fiction is not usually my cup of tea, but once I opened this book I couldn't find a way to put it down. I did have trouble getting through certain parts, though that may be more my fault than the author's, but it was still a good book to read.
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Very average writing. Not very likeable characters.
Joan Ryder
Mar 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Wonderful! typo-hypo, can't get hung up's all about the story, characters, history - all well researched, well-constructed. Enjoyed it immensely and recommend highly!
Jul 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was a disappointment! Even though I learned a little about a turbulent time in Ireland's history it was so couched in a melodramtic romance that I had a hard time finishing it.
Cindy Pye
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a great story that put me right there in Ireland. I loved reading it and experiencing Ireland as if I were there.
This is the story of the Clan na Gael as well as Irish Land League which occurred in the 1880's.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
From a historical aspect I found the whole Land League/Irish/British part of the story interesting. Judy Leslie could have added Catholic/Protestant battle to the mix for a full story. I also enjoyed reading about Margaret Sullivan's fight to be taken seriously as a woman journalist and the roll women played in helping Ireland's independence. Always love strong women. But Leslie weakens Margaret with the silly romantic attraction to Michael. And why did she have to make Margaret's husband, who w ...more
Barbara Hettwer
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"For the Love of Ireland" is an engaging novel. It was a story I couldn't put down until I found out what happened! Judy Leslie brought life to historical figures. This book will appeal to those who enjoy novels about people of good character who struggle with perplexing situations (most of us) and also those who love learning about history - especially that of Ireland or Chicago. This book is written through the clear lens of facts but embellished with lively descriptions. My great grandfather ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so.Shelley MA
Beth Camp
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
NOTE: The author feels this review reveals too much . . . so SPOILER ALERT!

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
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Margaret Sullivan is a journalist for The Chicago Tribune. Writing under an assumed name she is well respected. As long as nobody knows she is a woman that is.
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
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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