"engaging historical novel"
During World War I in Ireland, Sylvie and Gowry McCulloch
know their marriage is not the best, but both cherish their
beloved daughter, Maeve though not each other. Gunrunner
Francis Hagarty comes to town and excites Sylvie with his
passion. Gowry discovers a cache of guns hidden in the
shamrock, but though angry is not sure what to do about
it. Even worse his wife is having an affair with the
smuggler of the weapons.
Unable to cope with his life's collapse, Gowry joins the
fight on the continent. However, trench warfare in France
is not an improvement. On the other hand back in Ireland,
Sylvie is trapped in the Easter Uprising. In their
separate hellholes, both know it will prove impossible to
return to the lackluster life they once shared.
SHAMROCK GREEN is an engaging historical novel that brings
to life the turmoil of a world gone mad. Though the book
starts extremely slow setting up the key characters and the
background, once in gear it shifts into a lively period
piece. Fans of World war I dramas will appreciate this
deep look at the times. One should watch the PBS video The
Twentieth Century as the one on this era is frightening,
fascinating and unforgettable.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 29, 2003