Sunday, October 4, 2015

Only With Blood by Therese Down Book Review

About the book:

Jack Flynn, strong and aggressive but slowly dying of tuberculosis on his farm in Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland, decides to acquire--purchase--a young wife who can bear him sons to inherit his family's land. His choice, Caitlin Spillane, is less than half his age, attractive and intelligent, and resents bitterly the obedience that is forced upon her.

When a young firebrand, a supporter of the IRA, arrives in the village, he and Caitlin are drawn together in their detestation of Flynn. Flynn, traumatized by his own insurgent IRA experiences twenty years earlier, is secretly convinced that Eamonn de Valera's more diplomatic, peaceful approach to Ireland's problems is the only sane one.

Could Caitlin be won for the cause, and leave her unloved husband?

A novel set against the struggle for the heart of Ireland in the Second World War, when the IRA notoriously sought assistance from the Nazis, Only with Blood explores flawed characters placed in extraordinary situations.

My review;

Caitlin Spillane has been purchased by an older husband to give him sons so that he will have heirs. Her husband, Jack Flynn is a farmer in the nwe Reublic of Ireland. He is very sick with tuberculosis. A young IRA activist shows up and decides that he is going to help Caitlin escape from her husband.  Jack Flynn has had a horrible life. This story is also about history and the IRA.

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