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 for the very privileged O’Rourke and de la Roche families. Seismic changes are but a whisper away. What will this mean for the wastrel Courtland O’Rourke and the defiant, mischief-making Lacey de la Roche, as their squabbling relationship matures into a love fraught with sins of omission and secrets of lethal consequences?
In this debut historical novel, The Irish Tempest thrusts the reader into the anguish of the 1916 Easter Rising and beyond, as Ireland chafes under the choke-hold of British domination. Deftly paced with vividly drawn characters, The Irish Tempest embraces historical elements while preserving the essence of evocative storytelling.
“Sparrow’s novel is expertly plotted and features well drawn characters and prose.” - Booklife Critic’s Report
“The Irish Tempest reveals author Elizabeth Sparrow’s genuine flair for deftly creating memorable characters and a riveting storyline that fully engages the readers rapt attention from beginning to end. Recommended for community library Historical Fiction collections...” - Small Press Bookwatch (MBR)
“The fates of two families mesh with Ireland’s struggle for independence in this debut novel. Using several historical events and a large, socially diverse cast means that Sparrow must keep multiple plates spinning ... yet the author finds emotional resonance, particularly when her characters intersect with history”. Kirkus Reviews
“Ms. Sparrow does an expert job of drawing you into this epic tapestry. It’s a perfect example of the genre. More historical fiction than a romance, fans of both genres would enjoy.” Manhattan Book Review
“Once you start this novel, be prepared not to put it back down! I have found The Irish Tempest to be a beautiful and well-written tale of friendship, revenge, love and betrayal. A simply remarkable, charming and pleasant novel that will satisfy both the romantic and the historian with its rich details and stunning plot.” San Francisco Book Review
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