St. Martin's, Aug 2003, 26.95, 480 pp.
During World War I in Ireland, Sylvie and Gowry McCulloch know their marriage is not the best, but both cherish their beloved daughter, Maeve, though not each other. Gunrunner Francis Hagarty comes to town and excites Sylvie with his passion. Gowry discovers a cache of guns hidden in the shamrock, but is not sure what to do about it. Even worse his wife is having an affair with the smuggler of the weapons.
Unable to cope with his life's collapse, Gowry joins the fight on the continent. However, trench warfare in France is not an improvement. On the other hand back in Ireland, Sylvie is trapped in the Easter Uprising.
SHAMROCK GREEN is a historical novel that brings to life the turmoil of a world gone mad. Though the book starts extremely slow setting up the key characters and the background, once in gear it shifts into a lively period piece.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner