Morning lovelies and happy Friday! Today I’m on the blog tour for Dublin’s Girl by Eimear Lawlor – an interesting, thought provoking and heart warming historical fiction/romance debut novel……..
about dublin’s girl
Falling in love with the enemy is the ultimate act of betrayal…
1917. A farm girl from Cavan, Veronica McDermott is desperate to find more to life than peeling potatoes. Persuading her family to let her stay with her aunt and uncle in Dublin so she can attend secretarial college, she has no idea what she is getting into. Recruited by Fr Michael O’Flanagan to type for Eamon De Valera, Veronica is soon caught up in the danger and intrigue of those fighing for Ireland’s independence from Britain.
The attentions of a handsome British soldier, Major Harry Fairfax, do not go unnoticed by Veronica’s superiors. But when Veronica is tasked with earning his affections to gather intelligence for Sinn Féin, it isn’t long before her loyalty to her countrymen and her feelings for Harry are in conflict. To choose one is to betray the other…
Inspired by real life events and marking the centenary of the end of the War of Independence, Dublin’s Girl is a thrilling historical debut from an exciting new Irish voice.
Publisher: Aria (28 Jan. 2021)
Formats: Hardback, Paperback & eBook
Veronica is bored of her country life and wants more. Determined to make something of herself in Ireland, she manages to get herself into Secretarial School in Dublin. She settles in and makes a friend in Bridget, and is overjoyed when her teacher gets her a job while she’s studying. Doing secretarial duties for Father O’Flanagan she soon realises she’s actually working for Sinn Féin…..And because she’s so good at her job, she ends up moving up and getting more and more involved. Then one day running an errand she bumps into an English Soldier who takes a liking to her and they arrange to meet. But the members of Sinn Féin see this as an opportunity, encouraging Veronica to continue and get as much information from him as she can. But as time moves on, her feelings for him grow. What will she do? Betray Harry or her country?
What a wonderful debut. We all know I love historical fiction and actually all the information in this was new to me. Set between 1917 and 1920, it covers the war and also Ireland’s battle for independence from Britain. Obviously I’ve heard about bits and pieces but this really bought to life what it must have been like living in Ireland during this time.
Veronica is a wonderful female protagonist. Determined to make something of herself, she handles so much at a young age and gets herself in to dangerous situations that others might not. Watching her grow throughout the book is heartwarming and I absolutely loved her relationship with her Aunt and Uncle. And then we have Harry. An Englishman in a place he’s not wanted, he is actually (mostly!) a gentleman and surprises Veronica on a number of occasions. But there is more to him that meets the eye……
I enjoyed the storyline and there were a number of twists that I didn’t see coming! The last few chapters had me picking my jaw up off the floor! As I’ve said this gives us a real insight into what it must have been like in Ireland, and particularly Dublin during this time. The poverty and living conditions is heartbreaking; and the action on the streets is terrifying. It also reveals what it must have been like for people who had family members fighting for the British when many were against it.
Overall, this is a brilliant debut and I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author. So if you’re looking for a new historical fiction novel with a bit of romance then you should definitely check this out. Recommended by me.
about the author
Dublin’s Girl is Eimear Lawlor’s first novel and inspired by the true story of her great aunt who typed for Eamon De Valera. She lives with her family in Kilkenny.
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Thank you to Aria Fiction and Eimear for inviting me on to the tour and gifting me a copy of the book via NetGalley. All views and opinions are my own.
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