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The Troubles

(The Jessica Trilogy #2)

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Jessica Wyeth is no longer a fugitive hiding under assumed identities. Through sheer grit, she has reclaimed her life only to discover what she fought for was an illusion. She is not the child of the picture-perfect New England family, but an unwanted castaway. Her frail and reclusive aunt died without exposing the secret that she was Jessica’s mother.
Jessica travels to I
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Paperback, 391 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by Charylar Press
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Kameel Nasr
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of interviewing Connie Hambly on my show “Local Authors with Kameel Nasr”. She has the first two books in the series, and she promised a third in the near future. You can start by reading The Troubles. It’s well-written and interesting, containing three major elements. First, as the title implies, the story is about what has been referred to as “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland. Second, the protagonist has a troubled identity. She discovers that the woman who raised her is no ...more
Helen
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. The back story really provides a lot of historical information as well as mystery into how all of the characters developed. I also can't help but root for Michael and Jessica. Can't wait for book 3.
Gabriel Valjan
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Troubles is my first foray into Connie Johnson Hambley’s tense world of identity, terrorism, and horses. No spoilers here, other than to say that it takes a deft hand to convey foreign culture and Anglo-Irish politics. Jessica Wyeth is a strong female character without the author having to resort to making her distant and difficult. The pacing is tense, the descriptions lyrical, and the action, realistic. Midway through the story, Jessica participates in a vivid race in which another jockey ...more
Ted Tayler
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
“A female protagonist to be reckoned with”

Ireland is one of a handful of countries in the world where certain elements are inextricably linked. Religion and politics; dark, forbidding towns and cities scattered around a desolate sprawling countryside that is both beautiful and mystical. Oh, and there are horses too.
I haven't read 'The Charity' the first book in this trilogy, but the author cleverly jogs the memory of the returning reader and leaves enough clues for newcomers to
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Sharon Healy-Yang
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hambley's novel is exciting and intriguing. She deftly weaves together stories across the decades into a final conclusion that satisfies and surprises. Her recreation of "the Troubles" in Ireland and across the the Atlantic to the U.S., even across generations, beautifully recreates the history and feeling of these violent times by giving us thinking and feeling characters who ring true. The descriptions of place in Ireland make you want to book a ticket! She knows her setting! And being an "imp ...more
Christine Meunier
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jessica Wyeth was new to me in reading the Troubles, even though she is undoubtedly the main character in this trilogy. Having not read the Charity, I was pleased to find that this did not detract from my reading experience of the Troubles.

Jessica is a horse trainer by nature and the beautiful American finds herself thrust in a harsh Irish political world after unwittingly getting involved in the affairs of Magnus Connaught and then heading to Ireland to trace her roots...

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Robbie
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you’re like me and love well-done mysteries and thrillers with a historical bent, you’ll love Connie Johnson Hambley’s "The Troubles." The second volume in Hambley’s “Jessica Trilogy,” but readable as a stand-alone, "The Troubles" combines a contemporary (romantic!) suspense plot featuring Jessica Wyeth, a compelling, complex heroine with identity issues, with flashbacks to the morally ambiguous entanglements and agendas of the Irish freedom fighters of the 1960s and 1970s who are, quite lite ...more
Jill C Baker
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hooked on The Charity, I of course, had to read The Troubles. The story continues in a volatile Ireland centered around a woman's quest for her roots. Politics, religion, secrets, and personal conviction are all undercurrents here. The feeling is rich, but the writing is sparse -- cuts to the bone. No excess. No fluff. Strong story with surprising twists.
Leslie Collyer
This is the second is a series of three books. I enjoyed it a lot! It delves into Irish politics and history and how they connect to the heroine. The characters are real, warts and all. There are many times you can't stop turning the pages to see what happens next. I also really enjoyed that many different characters' voices are heard.
Karen Zeliff
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Liked it. Very revealing about Northern Ireland in the 1960's
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Connie Johnson Hambley grew up on a small dairy farm just north of New York City. In 1965, an arsonist burned her family's barn to the ground. From that experience grew the stories that have become "The Charity" and "The Troubles."

Hambley writes about strong women from their perspective in situations that demand the most from them. No special powers, no gadgets, no super human abilitie
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Other books in the series

The Jessica Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Charity (The Jessica Trilogy #1)
  • The Wake (The Jessica Trilogy #3)