Only with Blood   -     By: Therese Down
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Lion Fiction / 2015 / Paperback

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When dying Jack Flynn decides he needs a bride so that he can father a son, his young wife Caitlin proves far more than he intended to buy.

Jack Flynn, strong and aggressive but slowly dying of tuberculosis on his farm in Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland, decides to acquire--purchase--a young wife who can bear him sons to inherit his family's land. His choice, Caitlin Spillane, is less than half his age, attractive and intelligent, and resents bitterly the obedience that is forced upon her.

When a young firebrand, a supporter of the IRA, arrives in the village, he and Caitlin are drawn together in their detestation of Flynn. Flynn, traumatized by his own insurgent IRA experiences twenty years earlier, is secretly convinced that Eamonn de Valera's more diplomatic, peaceful approach to Ireland's problems is the only sane one.

Could Caitlin be won for the cause, and leave her unloved husband?

A novel set against the struggle for the heart of Ireland in the Second World War, when the IRA notoriously sought assistance from the Nazis, Only with Blood explores flawed characters placed in extraordinary situations.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782641351
ISBN-13: 9781782641353

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  1. Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartbreaking but necessary read
    November 25, 2015
    ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The time of "The Troubles" was devastating, for all. When I first read about this time, I could only think of how bad people were to be willing to kill others. I forgot that they were all PEOPLE and there are two sides to every story.

    Only With Blood pulled me into to a time when a man needed to have a heir to pass their property on to. Jack Flynn, dying with tuberculosis has decided to purchase Caitlin Spillane, a 17 year old who wanted to go to university.

    Along comes Donal Kelly, with ties to the IRA, who also has desires for Caitlin.

    This book talks about a difficult time and the effects on many different types of people.

    I feel everyone should read a book like this so they can understand a bit of what this country felt.

    I was given this book by NetGalley and Lion Hudson PLC in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Kentucky
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Not a Christian book!
    November 8, 2015
    HK
    Kentucky
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Bad language is used multiple times in this book.
  3. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WWII, Ireland, Family Suspense Thriller
    September 27, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Therese Down in her new book Only With Blood published by Lion Hudson gives us A Novel of Ireland.

    From the back cover: Jack Flynn, strong and aggressive but slowly dying of tuberculosis on his farm in Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland, decides to acquirepurchasea young wife who can bear him sons to inherit his familys land. His choice, Caitlin Spillane, is less than half his age, attractive and intelligent, and resents bitterly the obedience that is forced upon her.

    When a young firebrand, a supporter of the IRA, arrives in the village, he and Caitlin are drawn together in their detestation of Flynn. Flynn, traumatized by his own insurgent IRA experiences twenty years earlier, is secretly convinced that Eamonn de Valeras more diplomatic, peaceful approach to Irelands problems is the only sane one.

    Could Caitlin be won for the cause, and leave her unloved husband?

    A novel set against the struggle for the heart of Ireland in the Second World War, when the IRA notoriously sought assistance from the Nazis, Only with Blood explores flawed characters placed in extraordinary situations.

    I never read a book set in Ireland during the Second World War so that alone made this book interesting to me. Then there is the family, Jack Flynn looking for an heir. Caitlin, his young bride, expected to give him one. Donal, the IRA activist. Then there is the fighting of the War and between the IRA and Britton. This is fascinating stuff. Power, betrayal and political intrigues are just some of what has to be dealt with. Ms. Down is a highly gifted author who knows how to give us wonderful characters that are human and have strong emotions. Ms. Down has given us a unique thriller that will move you to the edge of your chair as you read and flip pages as fast as possible. I recommend this book highly.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Lion Hudson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Anger and hatred in WW II Ireland
    September 21, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This novel takes us to another place and another time, Ireland during WW II. It is a dark time of hatred and anger, yet with surprising moments of love.

    Caitlin is an intelligent young woman nearing the end her her studies in the village. She longs to go to university. Her father is a wily man and sees the opportunity to make some money when old farmer Jack needs a wife. As is said about Caitlin, she is being forced to swallow someone else's reality. (103) Certainly not fluffy reading. Added to that part of the depressing story is that of IRA activists, ready to kill traitors colluding with the British.

    This is not a light and fluffy novel. It deals with some serious issues. Caitlin was essentially sold into marriage by her greedy father. That was hard to read. Also hard to read about was the angry men. Many of the fathers were angry and abusive Irish men. Those with a childhood having an angry father may have difficulty reading the book, as I did.

    I didn't like the structure of the novel. It includes many flashbacks as we learn about the background of the characters. These flashbacks are not in chronological order and I found that hindered my enjoyment of the novel. Regarding Jack's childhood, we have a flashback that tells the circumstances of his mother leaving. Then a few pages later we have another flashback of an incident when his mother was still there. The same kind of nonchronological story telling happened in the novel itself. In one scene, a friend of Caitlin's tells her about the new handsome maths teacher, Donal. (208) The book had been following his story off and on and this development was a surprise to me. But then five pages later we read of Donal being told the maths position is open, after which he apparently successfully applies for the job. (213) This kind of writing style was not conducive to smooth character development. It felt more like character ping pong to me.

    I would recommend this novel to those interested in the social setting of Ireland during WW II. If one is not bothered by the seemingly hap hazard way flashbacks are given, it is an informative novel. And there is a wonderful surprise at the end I was not expecting. I would not describe this as a particularly Christian book, but it does give insights into the spirituality of Catholics in Ireland at the time.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    I was surprised by this one
    September 21, 2015
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I dont know if I have ever read a book that I was so back and forth about. There were times I was very into the story and others times I wanted to just skip over parts.

    Mostly I really enjoyed the part of the story about Caitlin and Jack.

    Jack really had my heart. He really isnt a bad guy but most people cant see the good in him because they dont know him. Caitlin included. I felt really sorry for Jack and wanted him to have a happy ending.

    The history about Donal was a bit long for me. I had trouble connecting with that part of the story until it collided with Caitlin and Jacks part of the story.

    But at the end I sat back and said, Wow. Something Jack says at the end almost mad me cry. I cant tell you what he said but once you get there you will be glad you read the whole book. Such a rich parallel we can draw to Jesus.

    Also, totally loved that my last name shows up in the book and my daughters first name is used as a last name, OMeara (but no O in her name).

    Just a heads up, there is language in this book. I would say this is a loosely Christian book, so if you are offended by some words this might not be the book for you.

    A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
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