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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The Angel of Innisfree , a Victorian-era historical romance, weaves a story of love overcoming every obstacle during one of the most tumultuous periods in history. It's 1848, the Irish Potato Famine has claimed more lives than anyone can count, and English landlords are evicting their tenants with a ruthless lack of compassion. Revolutions in Europe are transforming the ...more
Paperback, 370 pages
Published July 31st 2015 by SAVOIR PRESS (first published July 14th 2015)
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Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
* Thank you to the author for gifting me a copy of his book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

They say that the course of true love never runs smooth, and for young Brian O'Rourke and Elizabeth Reilly their love is definitely not going to be smooth.

It's 1848 and the Irish Potato Famine is killing people in huge numbers, and together with the evictions being carried out by English Landlords, Ireland is a very troubled and violent land. Despite their many differences, including Brian being
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars

THE ANGEL OF INNISFREE by PATRICK F. ROONEY is an epic, awe-inspiring, and a powerful Historical Fiction Romance novel that had me totally engrossed and savouring every moment while I was reading this book.

I found both the cover and the title of this book to be appealing and very fitting which draws you right into this breathtaking and wonderful tale of enduring love.

THE ANGEL OF INNISFREE has us following along the story of Elizabeth Reilly and Brian O'Rourke told
Miriam Smith
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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WOW!!!! "The Angel of Innisfree" is an epic, breathtaking story that will stay with me for a very long time!
This is a tale of compassion, heartache, hope and despair of the remarkable Elizabeth Reilly and Brian O'Rourke in 1848 during the Irish Potato Famine and their quest to be reunited and be together in the following years. Many times I was choked with emotion at the plight of the Irish famine casualties and the other poignant events -they were handled so sympathetically and were very emotio
For historical fiction readers, The Angel of Innisfree will be a fascinating tale of the life and times on both sides of the Atlantic during the nineteenth century. Follow two children as life, religion, war and prejudice will separate them for decades, even after they secretly vowed their hearts to each other.

The Irish Potato Famine and the cruel evictions from English landlords were killing off hard-working Irish farmers in the hundreds. Those not killed for becoming rebels often escaped to th
Kathleen Kelly
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Angel of Innisfree Review So what and where is Innisfree? Innisfree is a small uninhabited island in Lough Gill, Ireland, featured in the poem Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats, at least, it was uninhabited in this novel. The Angel of Innisfree starts out in Ireland at Creevelea Abbey, Dromahair, Ireland in the year 1848. Dromahair is a small village in County Leitrim, Ireland.
Ireland in 1848 is known at this time for the potato famine, the Young Irelander Rebellion. The rebell
Ted Berner
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Angel of Innisfree" is an epic romance for the ages! When two souls on opposite ends of the social spectrum fall in love, father-time throws them curve ball, after curve ball, trying his best to keep them apart. Will fate bring them together again, or will they be destined to always wonder what could have been? Patrick Rooney paints a vivid picture of the turmoil people endured in the 1800s and weaves it into an intriguing story of love and adventure.
Sue Wallace
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The angel of innisfree by Patrick Rooney.
Young Brian O'Rourke, an ingenious, Catholic, violin prodigy in a family of outlawed Ribbonmen peasants meets Elizabeth Reilly, a talented Protestant pianist from London, while she's visiting her father in a nearby castle. After secretly promising themselves to each other at the age of sixteen, Elizabeth returns to London to study piano with Chopin while Brian immigrates to New York on a famine ship.
A very moving and emotional read. I loved the story an
Cindy Jewkes
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story begins in Ireland in 1848 during the Irish Potato Famine. Landlords are ruthlessly evicting their tenants and thousands are dying in the streets. When 16-year-old Elizabeth Reilly nurses Brian O’Rourke back to health after nearly starving to death, the young lovers’ fates become intertwined. After Brian’s family is killed by English soldiers, he and his sister Mary are forced to flee to America on a famine ship and start a new life, but not before promising Elizabeth that he would find ...more
Bonnye Reed
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
XXX I bought a copy of this novel after having it brought to my attention by the author. The history of the U.S., especially those years between 1800 and today, are my preferred reading for pleasure -and this was a pleasure to read.

The Angel From Innisfree is an excellent historical novel, vivid in detail and accurate in time, one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys novels based on the period between 1848 and 1898. This novel carries us through the eyes of Brian O'Roarke, from the loss of mos
Michelle Mccray
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A tale through the history of the Civil War era, the Angel of Innisfree follows characters from their origins in Ireland, to the United States. Fleeing the horrors of the potato famine, Brian and Elizabeth both live a fascinating life and take part in influencing history. Through Brian’s work developing the telegraph, we learn how the Union used this powerful tool to win the war. Touching deeply into humanity and the disparity of religion and slavery, this book was an excellent read!
Anne White
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a very well written book. The author kept me reading late into the evening every night I couldn't put it down. I am anxiously awaiting the next book that this author produces. H
Amy Rooney
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It has a great story, I couldn't put it down. It's a nice mix of history, romance, adventure...everything you could want in a great read!
Kathy McKerlie
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loving this book so far. Every time I pick it up I am taken far away. Patrick thank you so much. :)
Kevin Keely
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Angel of Innisfree is a historical novel based in the late 1800s at the time of mass emigration from Ireland to America. It's primarily a love story between the hard-headed slugger and rebel Brian and his Eponymous angel, the beautiful Elizabeth. They are divided by their social status and their circumstances but united in their love of music and, of course, each other. But their path to happiness will prove to be a difficult one.
This is an Epic tale and it not only spans the oceans but also
C. Carlson
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
For an epic romance novel, this book delivers much as you'd expect. The pacing of plot points is relaxed, not coming too fast or too slow, allowing scenes the opportunity to breath, and the characters to develop. The book's setting evolves as the times did, starting with the potato famine in Ireland, and progressing through the Civil War in America. Living through tragedy, and overcoming obstacles, we follow the path of two lovers, and are given an enjoyable treat of a story.
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Patrick Rooney is an author of techno-thrillers and historical fiction. A native of New Mexico, he attended the University of New Mexico, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory and Composition, and New Mexico State University, where he earned a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He subsequently earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration from The Universit ...more

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