The youngest daughter of a prominent radical politician, Sarah Curran comes of age in an era of rebellion and revolution, buffeted by tragedy and scandal. She has long known Robert Emmet, but not until she is caught up in the fevered calls for Irish independence does she fall in love with the budding revolutionary leader. Her father forbids their union, but a child raised in a climate of insurrection veers towards her own small rebellion. Determined to win her father's acclaim, she strives to raise his fortunes through marriage to Ireland's future ruler, certain that the uprising cannot fail---even as Emmet's plans fall apart with deadly consequences.
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I received a free electronic copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for sharing your work with me. This is an excellent story, following the real life romance between Robert and Sarah, and the rise and fall of Ireland's battle for independence in the late 16th century. It is an unfortunately realistic look at these times from the female perspective - for the most part women had no power but could only reflect it by making an advantageous marriage. In reality both Robert Emmet, hero of Ireland, and Sarah Curran, daughter of an abusive, radical lawyer, were astonishingly naive both politically and socially. The chances of a positive outcome from this particular 'rebellion' were slim to none. The apex of the novel, for me, was Sarah's rise from the ashes of her first love, finding the strength to go on with her life and make practical choices about her own future.