The Blood Upon The Rose by Tim Vicary





Ireland in 1919 is seething with violence, tension and divided loyalties – and so is the heart of the beautiful, wilful heiress Catherine O’Connell-Gort. For Catherine, by heritage, is a glittering symbol of British rule and oppression – yet by inclination she is a traitor to her class. A fervent supporter of Sinn Fein, she is also the secret lover of Sean Brennan, an IRA volunteer who is being hunted by the police for terrorism and murder.


When the British government decides to meet terror with terror, Catherine finds herself in a position of even greater conflict. Her father, a colonel in British Military Intelligence, recruits Major Andrew Butler, battle-scarred war hero and Irish landlord, to assassinate IRA leader Michael Collins. He also decides that the dashing major would make the perfect husband for his headstrong daughter …


In a violent climax of passion, guilt and betrayal, while her country hurtles towards civil war, Catherine faces and a agonising choice as she makes her final, fateful decision.



Ireland in1919 is seething with violence, tension and divided loyalties, as are the characters in this story. 

Catherine O’Connell-Gort, young, beautiful and headstrong, is a glittering symbol of British rule and oppression, and yet by inclination she is a potential traitor to her class. A medical student in Dublin, she is sympathetic to Sinn Fein,and determined to use her inheritance – the family estate in Galway – to help Irish independence. Unknown to her father, a colonel in British military intelligence, she is in love with a young Irish volunteer, Sean Brennan, who is being hunted by the police for terrorism and murder.
But when the IRA narrowly fail to kill the Viceroy, Lord French, in his car outside Phoenix Park, the British government decides to meet terror with terror. Catherine’s father recruits Major Andrew Butler, a hero of Paschendaele and the Somme, as an agent to assassinate the IRA leader Michael Collins, and Catherine and Sean find themselves caught up in an intricate network of conflicting ideals, in which each must choose where their loyalties really lie.

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 722 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tim Vicary (26 July 2011)




Book recommendation only and not a review by me.

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