He’s come to Ireland to escape his past. She’s trying to run from her future.
It's 1843 and the English nobleman Quinton Williams has come to Ireland to oversee the running of his father’s ailing estate and escape his painful past. Here he meets the alluring Alannah O’Neill, whose Irish family is one of few to have retained ownership of their land, the rest having been supplanted by the English over the course of the country's bloody history. Finding herself drawn to the handsome Englishman, Alannah offers to help Quin communicate with the estate’s Gaelic-speaking tenants, as much to assist him as to counter her own ennui. Aware of her controlling brother’s hostility towards the English, she keeps her growing relationship with Quin a secret – a secret that cannot, however, be kept for long from those who dream of ridding Ireland of her English oppressors.
Among the stark contrasts that separate the rich few from the plentiful poor, Under the Emerald Sky is a tale of love and betrayal in a land teetering on the brink of disaster - the Great Famine that would forever change the course of Ireland's history.
Violence, sexual content.
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I was born in Germany but moved to South Africa when I was four years old. I went to school and university there, met my husband (who’s Serbian) and had two children. I have always spoken to my children in German, my husband has always spoken to them in Serbian, and the two of us speak to each other in English. That hasn’t changed since we moved to Germany in 2016, and so the children are growing up speaking three languages.
I have played volleyball for the South African national team, both at the student and senior level. One of my most memorable trips was to Thailand for the World Student Games in 2007.
I’ve made some pretty impressive birthday cakes, mostly for my own children but also for a few others. I also made a three-tiered wedding cake for my cousin.
When I take my children to the library, I have to take along a small suitcase to carry back all the books! Like their parents, the boys are avid readers and find it impossible to select just two or three books to take home. My youngest is just starting to read by himself now. Soon I’ll have to upgrade to a bigger suitcase!
I have become quite obsessed with saving the bees. I’ve planted a host of different bee-friendly flowers in the garden and have acquired two bee hotels. They’re very easy to mount on the wall of the house and it’s so fascinating to watch the bees flying in and out as they prepare their nests!
you, Mary Ann, for having me on your blog today.
Thanks for sharing such interesting tidbits, Julliane.
Juliane is actually a scientist. She holds degrees in physiology and zoology, including a PhD in physiology. During her studies, she realized, however, that her passion lay not in conducting scientific research herself, but in writing about it. Thus began her career as a medical writer, where she took on all manner of writing and editing tasks, in the process honing her writing skills, until she finally plucked up the courage to write her first historical novel, Under the Emerald Sky. The book is the first in The Irish Fortune Series, which is set in 19th century Ireland around the time of the Great Famine.
Juliane lives with her husband and two sons in Hamelin, Germany, the town made famous by the story of the Pied Piper.
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