For The Love of Ireland

A Historical Novel by Judy Leslie


To some,

 Ireland is no more than an island

of rock and dirt

shaped by the hand of God.


To the Irish, it is a poem, a myth,

a clan, a country.


To the British, Ireland is a possession

they do not want to release.


She is a place of happiness and love,

also sadness and sorrow.


Ireland is like Venus to many men,

turning their hearts and

creating warriors out of peasants.


She is an idea

many would lay down their life for.



On her trip to Ireland to do research for a book she is writing, Margaret meets a charming one-armed Irish rebel named Michael Davitt and falls in love with him and his ideas for liberating Ireland.


While traveling alone on her carriage through the stone-walled back roads of the island, Margaret encounters the terror of an eviction. She breaks her vow, never to get involved, and soon questions if she can ever go back to her artificial life again. Overcome with her new found emotions and strong desire to help, Margaret finds herself easily convinced by Mrs. Delia Parnell that women can be just as crucial in the fight for Ireland’s independence as men.


Back home in Chicago Margaret publishes articles and rallies support in America for Michael’s cause. That is until the British arrest him. Desperate, she turns to her jealous, devious husband for help...but he has a hidden agenda of his own, and soon strangers are meeting in her house behind locked doors.


Torn between her career as a journalist and compassion for those overseas, she finds herself trapped by her own aspirations. Now Margaret must decide how much she is willing sacrifice for the Love of Ireland.



 Story Summary

For the Love of Ireland

A Historical Novel

by Judy Leslie

Looking out to sea from Ireland
Margaret Sullivan runs down a back alley in Dublin

If you have Irish blood in you please watch this video.  It has nothing to do with my book and everything to do with the Irish.  Thank you.

For The Love of Ireland

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

A Historical Novel by Judy Leslie