Reapers of Justice

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@ Anne Frehill

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Atmospheric descriptive and intriguing with believable characters. One moment a charming story of rural Ireland the next a tense exciting thriller, but always engaging and interesting John Mc Cormack


It is a fascinating reminder of the lives of Irish women during the Irish War of Independence which explores the role of women, the power of the church, the unrelenting poverty and lack of education and opportunity in rural Ireland at the time” Máire O’Leary


1919. Sarah Murphy, a young schoolmistress is not who she claims to be. Underneath the calm mask of the earnest spinster struggling to enable her pupils to escape from the gnawing poverty of their parents, lies a whirlpool of uncertainties. Reared by her grandmother, since childhood she has agonized over the untimely death of her mother and abandonment by her father. In her short life she has known absence, rejection, and loneliness leading to a hasty and clandestine marriage with an IRA commander, who is on the run for the murder of RIC officers.

The local village of Somerset is beset by rumour and counter rumour as a lethal style of guerrilla warfare is waged against the forces of the British Crown. Time spent with Sean is precious as he moves under the cover of darkness from one “safe house” to another.

Yet, she doesn`t know about the innate corruption of human nature. She only knows that she must stay one step ahead of informers and spies. In her efforts to stay alive she quickly learns that all rules of behaviour must be thrown to the four winds.


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Sold by: Anne Frehill
Anne`s earliest memories are of storybooks and her delight in them. She stacked them  in boxes and in presses, earning her the name “ bookworm” with her family, while they acted as a spur to make her an able reader before starting school. Anne studied social science at UCD and worked in the field of professional social work for many years. However, a serious accident forced her to change careers and she studied history and folklore while caring for her Dad. Anne has had short stories and non -fiction published in a range of magazines over the years. She has also contributed to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio. She writes short stories and non-fiction pieces for Ireland`s Own magazine as well as monthly articles for Ireland`s Eye magazine.  Since the start of the Pandemic she has written regularly in a local online newsletter, on various topics including history, folklore, nature and spirituality. She is passionate about animal welfare and care of the earth. Anne grew up in Meath ( where she still lives) close to two castles: Dunsany Castle and Killeen Castle and within walking distance of the legendary site of the High Kings of Ireland at the Hill of Tara. These historic areas are  woven into the landscape of her novels as well as other prominent places from the Boyne Valley like King John`s Castle in Trim. In her first novel: "Reapers of Justice," there is an interesting chapter featuring the protagonist Sarah and no less a person than Michael Collins, a leading figure in the War of Independence. Family lore has always maintained that her mother ( Delia Collins) was distantly related to the great man but Anne has yet to find empirical evidence to prove this. This novel has been longlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize (The Cap awards) July 2023. Her second novel : "When Silence Hurts," was featured on Liveline - Joe Duffy show - on RTE Radio on December 21st 2022. Anne will be one of the speaker`s at The International Writer`s Festival, Dublin, in September 2023. Both novels are also stocked in  prestigious libraries in the USA including The Library of Congress, The New York City Library and the library of University of Notre Dame. She has recently completed a third novel set in Ireland during WWII. It will be published shortly.

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  1. Norma (verified owner)

    Loving Ireland…and all things Irish – especially the men 😉 hee, hee – I knew I had to read this amazing historical fiction novel set in Ireland. Anne Frehill’s writing was emotional and captivating and semmlessly matched the time frame it was set in. The story of Sarah was so heartbreaking yet engaging enough that I finished it in two day. She was a fabulously created character! This being only the 2nd historical fiction book after reading The Four Winds…this did not disappoint! I would definitely recommend. 5 stars easy! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🤗

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  2. jk conroy (verified owner)

    This is a story that puts the difficulties faced by a young schoolteacher, Sarah, trying to maintain her independence and live a decent life in the context of the ongoing struggle for Irish independence and poverty of her charges. It is very effective at placing the reader in Sarah’s shoes and you are slowly but surely pulled into a world where she is resented by some because of who she is and what she represents. I liked the pace of the book, quite slow in the beginning but developing into a real page turner.

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  3. John Mc Cormack (verified owner)

    My thanks to the Author publisher’s and NetGalley for providing me with a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review.
    A well written and researched story of Ireland in the early nineteen hundreds, a turbulent violent time of the IRA and the Black and Tans. Atmospheric descriptive and intriguing with believable characters some you warm too and some you definitely don’t. A love story at times happy and sweet others forbidden poignant and sad. There is also a darker side of this novel where our heroine a woman ahead of her time is under constant scrutiny and pressure. A brave clever feisty teacher who gives her all for her pupils risking the wrath of the Parish priest and a particulary violent parent. One moment a charming story of rural Ireland the next tense exciting thriller, but always engaging and interesting.

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  4. Susan McA (verified owner)

    What a beautiful first novel. Covid has had a positive impact in some areas thankfully! The author published her first two novels during Covid. I first heard of Anne through my local RST newsletter in Skryne, which went online due to Covid and was a life-saver in the first year of extremely strict lockdowns in Ireland. Those articles by Anne are as beautifully crafted as her books.
    The language flows, so easy to read. The story is captivating and you are willing Sarah to be reunited with her husband. This book is not so much about politics but more about life in Ireland during the final days of English rule in the country, how it affected the rural communities and daily life.
    I loved the book from start to finish. The author tackles thorny subjects which I find commendable. In this book, I loved her positive inclusion of a traveller family in the story. We may not all fit into societal categories, but we all have a role to play and we all belong. Many old memories of childhood days have been re-awakened, days of yore and forgotten traditions revisited. This book is a treasure.

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  5. Danielle R (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought the writing was great and it matched the time frame it was set in. The story of Sarah was so intriguing and she really stood out as a character. I love when reading a book that I don’t have many expectations for it, and then it just ends up being one I would recommend to everyone. So this one, I would definitely recommend.

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