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Of Woman Born

Of Woman Born [Kindle Edition]

Eileen Townsend
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This is the unforgettable story of Maeve Donovan. Set in troubled Ireland and America, and spanning sixty years of the twentieth century, this exhilarating and heartrending saga tells of the passions, triumphs and tragedies that governed her life and those of her children and grandchildren.

Maeve is the daughter of a wealthy Dubliner, a Protestant. Strong-willed and unorthodox, she flouts her parents’ wishes by marrying Danny, a rebellious and idealistic young Roman Catholic. On the day that her son Kieran is born, Danny is in the thick of the Easter Rising, fierce in his idealism yet as conventional in his views of women and marriage as Maeve is unconventional. When Danny’s unruly temper begins to direct itself against Maeve and Kieran, Maeve finds herself deeply attracted to Danny’s strong and gentle brother, Dermot. But Dermot is a priest, and therefore forbidden. Their passion and guilt have dire repercussions for generations to come.

About the Author

Eileen Townsend is the author of the bestselling novels ‘Of Woman Born’, ‘In Love and War’, ‘The Love Child’, ‘The Other Woman’, ‘Child of Fire’, ‘Dreamtime’ and ‘Thine is the Kingdom’. With her husband, Professor Colin Townsend, she compiled ‘War Wives’, the widely acclaimed story of women in the Second World War.

Born in Scotland, she spent of most of her childhood in Cumbria. She is an MA graduate in Modern History and Political Science.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 879 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (2 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S1BZRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 27 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I started to read this book when I was in the airport waiting to fly home, we were delayed for over 10 hours - and I was so glad I had this book - on my Kindle - I could not put it down, I was riveted from start to finish - this novel is brilliant and like other readers I learned about the different troubles with the wars - especialyy in Ireland, Suberb - can't wait to read more from this author.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very 'Real' book! 20 May 2003
Set in Ireland and America, Of Woman Born spans 3 generations and 3 wars. The story begins in the early 1900’s with Maeve Ballantine, only daughter of a rich, Protestant family who falls in love with Danny Donovan, a Roman Catholic committed to the Irish rebellion. Maeve leaves her family and marries Danny only to find herself repelled by his temperamental nature and his dedication to a cause she cannot bring herself to believe in.
Barely a year into their luckless marriage, Danny is a wanted man after his participation in the Irish Easter Rising of 1916. When Danny dies in a raid, a widowed Maeve turns with her orphan son, to his elder brother for understanding and sympathy. Although Dermont is a Catholic priest, a long-standing, forbidden attraction between them leads inevitably to a consummation of their passion, leaving Dermont with a heavy burden of guilt for breaking his vows of celibacy … and Maeve with child.
Knowing that Dermont will never give up his faith for her, Maeve returns to her family and marries her father’s American partner. She migrates to the States without telling the man she really loves that she is expecting their child. The story then follows the lives of her children during the Second World War, as they make their own mistakes and face the consequences of their decisions in love and war.
The final part of the story comes a full circle and brings Maeve back to Ireland with Danny, Dermont’s grandson, in an attempt to make her peace with old enemies and finally lay the ghosts of her past to rest after 50 years.
In telling the story of one family, Eileen Townsend questions the futility of wars that claim the innocent lives of enthusiasts who sometimes do not even fully understand the cause they are fighting for.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 15 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. I not only learned a lot about Irish history (on my first visit to Dublin, really felt an affinity when walking the streets where the action took place) but the characters stayed with me long after I finished the book. This authour really knows how to keep her readers' attention.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great history and great love stories 7 April 2012
By gesher
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At first I thought this was all about the history of Ireland but on reading I found a wonderful story.
A boy meets girl story, that went on to tell the story of how their lives were affected by the trouble in Ireland.
Then it went on to Mauve marrying for a second time and moving to America. Raising a family of 4 who all had troubles of there own.
I just couldn't put the book down and have recommended it to my friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 14 Mar 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. I had downloaded this book as it was free and the Kindle was still new to me. I hadn't read any other books by Eileen Townsend so didn't know what to expect. I shall certainly buy her other books, I found this read fascinating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story line but..... 7 Mar 2012
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I was a bit disappointed in this book as it had all the makings of a gripping story but I found myself getting annoyed at the amount of poetry randomly thrown in at various stages. I also found the central character to be disppointing as the start of the story leads you to believe she will be a strong character taking control of her life whereas I found the sentiments expressed rather flowery and repetitive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars of women born 22 Feb 2012
By dot1956
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love this book made me cry hope to read some more like this its about Ireland and america spans 3 generations and 3 war excellent read
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 1 Nov 2011
By Peggy
Format:Kindle Edition
An exciting, fast-paced story that brings the most colourful period of Irish history to life. The characters leap from the page and have the reader laughing and crying with them from start to finish. Definitely recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
I chose this book as I had read a few other Eileen Townsend books. It was basically alright but not what I would call gripping..
Published 5 months ago by Didoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Futile Patriotism
This book has so many layers - secrets and tangled relationships at a micro level against a background of complex political questions at a macro level. Epic.
Published 7 months ago by Gordon W. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Full of intrigue and loved the way story spanned the world, dropping into history in the making, throughout the 20th Century
Published 11 months ago by Pat Shearer
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
I really enjoyed this book.. Found the story and characters really interesting I will look forward to reading more from Eileen Townsend.
Published 13 months ago by patricia
3.0 out of 5 stars of Woman born
The research conducted by the author is this book is to be congratulated, it covers varius wars in the world commencing with the 1916 uprising. Read more
Published 13 months ago by easy reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Storyline not sufficient for sustain interest
Good beginning, weak middle, predictable ending. Would be better condensed to a book half the size. Disappointing after a good first section.
Published 16 months ago by elaine anne thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Brilliant read at times found the book hard to put down. Loved the way the story seemed to replay through each generation
Published 18 months ago by miss c l lundy
4.0 out of 5 stars Of Woman Born
Brilliant read!! A little Irish history backed up with a really good story - couldn't put it down!! Reading recommended :-)
Published on 30 April 2012 by yummyjojo
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