Rebellion has always been in the O'Reilly family's blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland's infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country's freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.
When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years - to the height of Ireland's brutal civil war. There she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets - and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.
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Terrific Revolutionary Time Travel!
This paranormal story—actually an historical romance as well—was so well written that I didn’t realize it had a paranormal aspect to it until the heroine (Nora) fell back in time to 1923 to witness a civil war in Ireland. I could not put my Kindle down until I read it through to the end…or what I thought was the end. I “suspect” there will a sequel or sequels to this first part of the story. I’ve a quarter of Irish in my ancestral tree so the historical aspect of this story was doubly fascinating to me. I can’t wait to read more by this author! I’m not giving any spoilers in this review, just know that it will be well worth your while to read and enjoy this revolutionary saga about Nora and Thomas. A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The premise is wonderful, but the feeling of a series of moments connected by their Irishness does n
Intrigued by the premise mixing recent and past history through the eyes of Nora, a 15 year old girl on a dangerous path in 1990’s. Mouthy with a penchant for trouble, her brother is shanghaied into the Provos (a militant arm of the IRA) to obtain her freedom. Struggle and strife are nothing new to the family, since the death of Nora’s father he’d been working to put food on the table and help the family survive. Unhappily, he does what needs be done, only to be beaten to death nearly a year later.
Now, Nora is angry, and jumps full in with the IRA – and the fun begins. Soon she is running back in time to the last big series of events in the Irish Civil War, with the blessing of Brigid Kildare a patron saint of Ireland. Soon her dreamed about man is there in front of her, the war is raging and Nora finds that the fairy tales and stories of her youth have a grounding in this time she now finds herself in.
Overall, the time-travel portion of the story and Nora’s voice are outstanding, if a bit meandering as the story unfolded. While the historical detail was present, the connection between the two didn’t work smoothly for me, and the long treatise of factual information as a lead in, while helpful would have read better if it were better integrated into Nora’s voice and story. The premise for me is still wonderful, but the feeling of this being a series of moments connected by their Irishness never quite left me.
I received an eBook copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.