Book Review: “Only With Blood” by Therese Down

September 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Therese Down in her new book “Only With Blood book coverOnly With Blood” published by Lion Hudson gives us A Novel of Ireland.

From the back cover: 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.

I never read a book set in Ireland during the Second World War so that alone made this book interesting to me. Then there is the family, Jack Flynn looking for an heir. Caitlin, his young bride, expected to give him one. Donal, the IRA activist. Then there is the fighting of the War and between the IRA and Britton. This is fascinating stuff. Power, betrayal and political intrigues are just some of what has to be dealt with. Ms. Down is a highly gifted author who knows how to give us wonderful characters that are human and have strong emotions. Ms. Down has given us a unique thriller that will move you to the edge of your chair as you read and flip pages as fast as possible.  I recommend this book highly.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Lion Hudson.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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