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Summary

A death in the present—a killing in the past.

After 20 years away, Jo Devereux flies home to Ireland for her mother’s funeral—the mother she hasn’t spoken to for more than two decades. Every minute there reminds her of all the reasons she left, and she has no desire to reacquaint herself with her home village. Or with Rory O’Donovan, her lost love.

Then she reads her mother’s will. Her inheritance is a chest full of letters and journals, written by her grandmother and great-aunt, that answer a long-held secret. Who murdered her great-uncle in the Irish Civil War...and why? How did an uprising for Irish freedom and independence degenerate into a bitter civil war where neighbor turned against neighbor, and family against family, leaving a legacy of lies, secrets, and silences for generations to come?

As Jo unearths the bitter, buried history she shares with Rory, she finally understands why their love was doomed from the start. But what about now? Can she stay true to both her heart and her heritage? She knows from her own life how the wild energy of rebellion can carry someone away…but what happens after the rising?

©2019, 2020 Orna Ross (P)2022 Orna Ross

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"One is immersed in this epic story immediately and effortlessly.... The main characters are so well-drawn that you feel you have heard about them in your own life." (The Evening Herald)

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Story has nothing to do with the Easter uprising

I was unable to even complete this book it was supposed to be about the Easter uprisings in Ireland and instead was about a person who was a sexual colum writer in America who returned to Ireland to sort out her mothers estate after she died and finds some letters and lives in a shed absolutely dreadful book possible the worst I have ever read luckily I was able to return it