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Never Be at Peace

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A pugnacious orphan from a bleak Dublin suburb, Helena Molony dreams of liberating Ireland. Her fantasies take shape when the indomitable Maud Gonne informally adopts her and sets her on a path to theatrical stardom - and political martyrdom. Swept up in the Gaelic Revival, Helena succumbs to the romantic advances of Bulmer Hobson, an egotistical Fenian leader with a ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 17th 2014 by Fireship Press
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Jenny Q
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars. I'm intrigued by Irish history, and I find it so hard to comprehend sometimes how a modern Western society could be at war over religion, so I was looking forward to reading this book and getting an insider's view of the events leading up to and encompassing the Easter Rising of 1916. One of the first things that struck me in this book was the use of the theater as a medium for political activism. In an era before before movies and TV and the evening news, plays were the most personal ...more
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I will admit that as much as I love historical fiction I don’t tend to read much that I consider “modern” history which would be anything after 1900. I did get into a jag of WWI and WWII reading but that was a huge exception to my rule and I haven’t read any of them for quite a while. This book intrigued because of the setting – Ireland. I haven’t read many books about around Ireland’s history. It’s a long, rich and at times violent history so it’s rife for tales such as this.

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Robert Gammon
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Never Be At Peace sweeps readers into early 20th century Ireland, in the build-up to the Easter Rising 1916 and subsequent struggle for independence from Britain. We get a very realistic Irish period description, which the author has clearly researched in-depth. There are many sub-plots, which at times seem unrelated to each other, but characters from different sub-plots do meet and the author skilfully weaves them all into the main story. Numerous historical characters are given a voice and ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in the first half of the 20th century, Never Be at Peace tells the story of Helena Molony, an actress who dreams of liberating Ireland from British control. The novel is also the story of the 1916 Easter Rebellion and Molony weaves in and out of it along with a sizeable cast of other personages to whom the author, M.J. Neary, pays detailed attention and manages with impeccable skill. There are few undeveloped characters and one result of that is the intense insider view readers are given to ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very well written and extremely well researched novel.I am not surprised-this author always does such a good job in developing the story line and expressing the depths of the characters.I seriously haven't read "bad" MJ Neary novel. It really doesn't matter what subject she decides to tackle-it's always very deep and superbly written. I highly recommend MJ Neary novels to anyone who craves impressive,highly intelligent,original and refreshing reading material.
D.M. Denton
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once more Marina Julia Neary has proven she is an expansive writer, adept at handling a multitude of characters with honesty and imagination, intelligence and wit, engagement but also objectivity. Ms. Neary is ambitious and alert like a spider spinning a sticky web connecting many storylines into a saga spanning nearly forty years replete with twists of fate, theatrical egos, sexual maneuverings, impetuous love affairs, misbegotten off-spring, and impassioned if ambiguous conflicts in the ...more
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Set between 1903 and spanning through to 1940, this rich novel follows Helena Moloney, a Dublin-born woman who became crucial to the Irish movement for independence as well as the labor movement and women's rights.

I was initially intrigued by this book after Evangeline Holland of Edwardian Promenade blurbed it positively; I was deeply curious at the idea of Edwardian Ireland and the wild tumultous mix of passion and politics seen during this time.

Neary plunges the reader into the excitement,
Erin Al-Mehairi
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been so excited to review M.J. Neary’s newest book, Never Be At Peace! I have always been interested in Irish history and culture, especially considering my name, Erin, means Ireland! I had a guest post with her last month about her writing Irish history and you can view it HERE!

Never Be At Peace takes place in Ireland around the turn of the 19th century, at a time when the Irish independence movements were gaining speed. The novel’s main protagonist, Helena Molony, works to liberate
Kim Rendfeld
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In Marina Neary's "Never Be at Peace," we meet Helena Molony, a heroine with a passion for her cause to free Ireland from English oppression and fight for women's rights after Ireland gains independence. But Ms. Neary does not idealize Helena or her compatriots or Ireland itself. In addition to the rebels' passion, Neary show us people whose flaws are all too real. The English are brutal, but the Irish characters' bad behavior toward each other is also shown.

Helena is a strong character at the
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Never Be At Peace is full of vivid, deftly-drawn characters. Foremost, of course, is the redoubtable Helena Molony, but the many other intriguing characters also hold their own. Among my favorites is the hapless Quaker, Bulmer Hobson, who manages to be equal parts endearing and exasperating. I turned to reference books several times while reading, not because of any lack of clarity, but out of curiosity about how much was historically documented and how much was fiction, and I learned that this ...more
Sharon Chance
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An intense adventure set in the dramatic background of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, "Never Be At Peace" is stirring novel that will leave the reader breathless and more informed about the problems that face the people of Ireland. Author M.J. Neary fills this story with personable characters that are vivid and realistic and the story itself is enthralling and captivating.

If you like fast-paced drama with very rememberable characters, then this novel will be one that you will enjoy.
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