It’s an ambitious project with multiple plots and conflicts, and with a complex Anglo Irish family at the heart of it. Those of you who have read my other novels will know that I don’t sugar coat uncomfortable topics. In fact my reputation as being a dark, gritty author seems to be growing. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know, but just in case it is, here’s a warning. If you are someone who enjoys a bit of light reading with a flowery romance, and characters who don’t have flaws, you may be disappointed in this new offering.
The Great War, 1914-18. I hope you enjoy the ride. The Winner of the 2017 Outstanding Historical Book, the IAN Awards
An Irish Easter uprising lays waste to Dublin and fractures a British Empire, struggling to provide men and arms to defeat Germany.
In Dublin’s ruins, the affluent and celebrated Carmody family are not only forced to confront the rebellion’s devastating effects on their personal lives, but also the terrible secrets and lies, uncovered in the midst of grief.
Forced to abandon their home in the Irish capital, for London, each family member must strive to survive poverty, the horrors of war, and personal bouts with excessive pride and passion – But it is loyalty to family that proves to be the most difficult cross to bear.
Danny, the youngest, is an Irish Republican rebel who risks everything to fight for an independent Ireland.
Patrick, a surgeon, swears allegiance to Britain and joins His Majesty’s Royal Navy, which is engaged in tense battles to control the seas.
Jenny, self entitled and strong willed, sees her wedding plans and grand ambitions disintegrate. With a fiancé incarcerated in a rebel prison camp and with no prospects of her own, she faces the unimaginable challenge of working in one of London’s munitions factories.
Swearing Allegiance: The Carmody Saga, a haunting story about love, war, and betrayal, set during The First World War.