For The Love of Ireland

A Historical Novel by Judy Leslie

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Judy Leslie has studied both literary and popular fiction at the University of Washington, and taken classes from several published authors.  Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Human Resource. She also studied design and is an avid photographer.

 

Inspired by her days as owner of an antique shop in the historical town of Bellingham, Washington, she decided to focus her writing on historical fiction.

 

She was saddened by the fact that so many young people discarded the trinkets of their ancestors without knowing the stories behind them. People hold onto a variety items for nostalgic reasons: a lock of hair or a ribbon from a loved one, even old lace and hat pins may have hidden significance. That's how she came up with the idea of having Margaret collect buttons in For the Love of Ireland.

 

Surrounding herself with antiques also moved her to think about women and how far they had come, as well as all the unsung heroes who had risked their lives, so she could enjoy the freedoms that she does now. She wrote For the Love of Ireland  about the life of one these women,  Margaret Sullivan the unknown woman journalist behind many popular articles in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

 

Judy believes that though women have made progress, they are still wrestling with the same issues of finding love, happiness and meaning in a world just as their grandmothers and great grandmothers did.

 

Click here to see some photos Judy took on her trip to Ireland

To learn more about Irish History and the Land League click here.

For The Love of Ireland

The story of Margaret Sullivan & the Secrets of the Clan-na-Gael

A Historical Novel by Judy Leslie