About the Book
Ireland in the reign of King Henry V111 comes alive with patriotic fury as a young woman lives out her destiny in MAGHEEN, a historical and romantic novel.
As a young girl from the O'Neill clan, Magheen is orphaned and sent across country to live with her uncle, Tom O'Connor. She learns early about the dreaded Sasanach, the English invaders, who plunder and pillage their way through Ireland, raping and killing in their path. As she matures, the fiery and strong-willed Magheen comes to realize her heritage as an O'Neill will be more than just marriage and children, but rather a destiny to help unite the clans of her beautiful Ireland into a strong fighting force that will drive the hated English from their shores forever.
Teenage romance and elegant parties break the tension after the Sasanach attack her village, but Magheen finds herself thrust into the politics of her country after a fatal encounter with an English soldier. Her romantic heart further complicates her life when she falls in love, as she nurses back to health, a shipwrecked French officer, Hugo, only to lose him. Magheen struggles to find another to marry only to fall victim to the political intrigues of the clan and end up marrying a man she doesn't know in order to unite divisive Irish factions against the British.
About the Author
Louise Gherasim was born and raised in Ireland, coming to the United States in the late 1950’s. A retired teacher with B. Mus. and MA degrees, she spent 35 years in the classroom teaching everything from art, music, history and philosophy to English language and literature. She now lives in Oregon with her Romanian husband. An accomplished writer with an elegant literary style, Louise has written numerous stories set in Ireland and Romania. Her objective not only to entertain but to teach and instruct.
Louise knows Ireland through and through, its people and its history and never fails to capture the spirit of that warm and enduring land. She visited Romania and was immediately drawn to its people. “There is quite a remarkable resemblance between Ireland and Romania,” she declares. “Both countries have known the highhandedness of the oppressor. Both peoples have borne the injustices and cruelties of the suppressed. Both are countries of civilizations and cultures far older and nobler than their subjugators and both remained, despite all odds, true to their Christian faith and traditions.”