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Ireland, 1911: After seven centuries of unyielding oppression, there is a tempest rising, a national yearning for Irish independence. It threatens to sweep away all that is precious to the very privileged O'Rourke and de la Roche families. Seismic changes are but a whisper away.

What begins as a squabbling friendship between the wastrel Courtland O'Rourke and the defiant, m
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ebook, 259 pages
Published November 30th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
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Erin
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Elizabeth J. Sparrow’s The Irish Tempest is marketed as a historical romance, but it should be understood that the ratio is round about 30:70 in favor of fitful mewling and surging loins. There’s nothing wrong with that, romance is a booming genre with an avid readership, but I personally prefer historical romance that is weighted in the other direction.

The jacket places a certain emphasis on the Rising so let’s start there.
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Seraphia
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Irish Tempest by Elizabeth J. Sparrow is a beautifully written historical romance that takes us back to Ireland 1911. When the Irish are desirous of freedom and unrest is brooding throughout the land. All of this threatens the lives of comfort and privilege that the O'Rourkes and de la Roche families. The question stands as to what will these changes bring to the lives of Courtland O'Rourke and Lacey de la Roche. Him just coming back from a month in London to see his grandfather only to be c ...more
Carol
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intricately woven, historic fiction that creates a
riveting storyline. It is set in Ireland.
In 1911, the Irishmen are in a state of discontent
being under English influence. This discontent
is fostered by both upper and lower classes.
This story will grip the reader in an steadfast
hold from beginning until the end.
Description is skillfully woven throughout the
story. You will feel as if you are part of the family.
All the characters are vivid, colorful and well defined.
The main characters are wi
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Michelle
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not bad.
I loved it.
Great story.
Can't wait for the sequel. I'll be keeping an eye out for it.
Recommended.
Received as a Gr giveaway.
Karisa
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating:
★★★★ = I enjoyed this book but would not reread it in the future

Genre:
Historical Romance

Plot:
The forming of a friendship turned romance between Courtland and Lacey in Ireland during the early 1900's.


Pros:
1.) Ireland!
2.) Army! I love military stuff in books.
3.) Lacey is relatable in a lot of the way she reacts.


Cons:
2.) Betrayal??? No, thanks. That hits way too close to home.


Quotes:
None jumped out at me, unfortunately.


My thoughts:
Im looking back at what I wrote above and it sounds like I ha
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Aldis
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Irish Tempest by Elizabeth J. Sparrow is a romance set in the beginnings of the Irish resistance of British rule, spanning 11 years and several continents.
Court O'Rourke grew up in Torrey Castle, raised by his Grandfather Devlin and Aggie, the housekeeper. His constant companion was Lacey de la Roche, Captain Anton de la Roche's daughter who was raised beside him when her father went to sea. Lacey's rebellious streak keeps Court, several years older, quite busy. The 2 grow apart as Court m
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Mystica
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My knowledge of Irish English relations was a bit hazy and this helped in a way to clear some of the misconceptions I had.

The year 1911 and there is a simmering discontent amongst all walks of Irishmen. Unlike most rebellions which are confined to the labour and lower working class, this transcends class barriers and upper class folk also want to throw off the yoke of English supremacy in their own country.

Thrown together by circumstance and geography Court and Lacey lives are interwoven from t
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Lee
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An epic story of family and destiny! I really enjoyed this story of an Irish family and a high-born daughter, Lacey, as she grows from a feisty, headstrong child to an independent, strong woman. Courtland is the teenage boy that received a lash from her whip as he was trying to teach her to ride her horse. He becomes the only one who can handle the fiery lass, and they are destined to be lifelong friends.Set in the early 1900's, times of war and rebellion come throughout their lives, and you won ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
I normally enjoy historical fiction yet found myself being lost many times moving forward through The Irish Tempest. There were so many places and issues happening at once. Yet that was my only issue reading this book. I did enjoy the colorful cast of characters and the ever-growing romance between Lacey and Courtland. Overall I would say use your own judgment but if you are fans of this genre I am sure it will be too your liking.
Matilda
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
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Lynn
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thank you for making this title available. Unfortunately, the further I read, the more I was convinced that this was not the kind of book that I would enjoy. This is no criticism whatsoever of the plot, characters, writing style, setting, or the author. Merely a statement of my own preferences.
Karen Turner
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story, would like to continue reading more from the author. Received from net galley for an honest review.
Amanda
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been really, really into reading about Ireland these days, so this book was a welcome addition to my stack. This is a fun little book, telling the stories of revolution, family, friendship, and love. Nice to get some info regarding the actual Irish revolution for independence, and the story makes it real and personal. It was really interesting to read, and engaging and personal as well. It could have dived a bit deeper into the actual political climate, but for those who don't know a lot ab ...more
Katherine
Although the title is The Irish Tempest, it is not clear if it is meant to refer to the spoiled, headstrong Lacey, who irritated me completely, or to the Irish attempt to gain independence from Britain. If the latter, there was certainly very little about the Troubles. Although the bulk of the book revolves around the relationship between Lacey and Court, the relationship between their two families was rather murky. This earlier section is sweet and pastoral, it is repetitious and doesn't really ...more
Karen A.
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unlike most heroes and heroines, those nearly perfect and unselfish characters we meet in many “historic” novels, it was a pleasant surprise to find two very real people in this delightful novel – characters full of their own self-interests, yet very likeable. Lacey and Court, in The Irish Tempest by Elizabeth Sparrow, are two vibrant and compelling individuals, who captivate the reader with both their exploits and their compassion. Entering their world, we observe the evolution of these charact ...more
Claudia
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Elizabeth J. Sparrow and Waxing Gibbous Press for the free copy of this book.

I enjoyed it very much. The characters grew on me as they themselves went through a decade of
enormous world, Irish and personal changes. So much going on in one beautifully organized book.
The Maureen O'Hara hair and horses on the cover hooked me, the story kept me reading.
Jean Benedict
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I did enjoy the story though at times I wanted to shake the spoiled Lacey.The romance of Court and Lacy from childhood to adults was a battle of two peoples wills.The Irish Revolution kept their lives in a turmoil.I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.
M.
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed the setting. I won it in a contest and it was a good read!
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Not your typical romance, but the main characters clearly have a soul mates, destined to be together forever kind of love. One of the main differences I noticed in this story was both of the main characters are deeply flawed. Both characters have major issues and the author showed a lot of honesty with how she portrayed the characters and brought out their true human nature.
The depth of the history details in this book suprised me. It was very interesting to read about this time in Ireland. I do
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