Mercy First And Last

Mercy First And Last 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

  • Title: Mercy First And Last
  • Author: Katie Hanrahan
  • ISBN: 9780996713122
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 raisedThe 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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    1. GNAB 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 re [...]

    2. Sarah Curran was a real lady. She was the daughter of an Irish politician who made waves of his own. She wound up falling in love with some college friend of her brother's, and Daddy was all "Not under my roof!" and so they led a passionate and romantic clandestine relationship. For a little bit, anyway. I mean, it was the early 19th century. No one lived that long back then because things happened, like executions and tuberculosis and broken hearts.Irish poet Thomas More was inspired by their r [...]

    3. I don't read a lot of historical fiction but I made an exception for this one because of my love of Ireland. My great-great grandmother (who I was named after) emigrated from Ireland around 1845 during the potato famine. I recently visited Ireland and some of the places that my family came from.This novel is the story of Sarah Curran and her love for Robert Emmet, a revolutionary leader in the late 1700s. Sarah lived in a dysfunctional family - her mother ran off, her father was a bully who brou [...]

    4. The love story of Sarah Curran and Robert Emmet is the stuff of romantic legend, but Sarah Curran's life was far from romantic. True history drives the narrative in MERCY FIRST AND LAST, a gripping tale set in a tumultuous time.For most of her life, the world was in turmoil, with rebellions in America and France that touched on Ireland's shores. As the daughter of a radically liberal politician who championed the cause of Catholic freedom, Sarah became quite liberal in her thinking. She finds he [...]

    5. Their doomed love affair became fodder for poets and no less an author than Washington Irving, who put a popular romantic spin on the relationship between Sarah Curran and Robert Emmet.Bold Robert Emmet, the hero of Ireland, features more prominently in history because he is a man and it's usually the men we read about. The really interesting story is that of Sarah Curran, and Katie Hanrahan has applied a masterful touch to this telling.Sarah is shown as the offspring of a tyrant whose public pe [...]

    6. Sarah Currant lives in a tumultuous time. France is controlling Ireland, Catholic against Protestant, all for the cause of freedom. A desire to live free. A desire to feed, house, and clothe families. A desire to get in return for a hard days labour. Living with a brutal father who has no qualms of beating neither sons or daughters. Sarah is beaten to within an inch of her life, disowned and thrown to the streets. Yet through her strength and determination she is able to proceed forward with the [...]

    7. "Mercy first and last shall brightest shine." I whispered. Darkness descended on The Priory an unremitting black darkness."The book begins with the death of Gertrude, the young daughter of Mr and Mrs Curran. Sarah, one of their daughters, is the voice of the book and the reader sees everything through her eyes. Gertrude was Sarah's closest sister in age and relationship. Gertrude's death was an accident but Sarah blames herself and feels like the family blames her too.The book takes place in 179 [...]

    8. Everyone else has given a synopsis so i won't do a repeat. I will say that i love reading history and historical novels, but this onei know i'm in the minorityi just can't say it was IT for me. There were chapters of hills and dales, page-do-overs.The author did do her research but at times i just felt bogged down.

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