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An Irishman must stand for what's right when political strife and an English oppressor shatter the peaceful kingdom. Joseph Connor Burke has reclaimed his ancestral acres and the manor he was born to rule. But in a turbulent time, as England struggles under an unjust English oppressor, Joseph's dreams of a peaceable kingdom are shattered by violence and betrayal. Soon t An Irishman must stand for what's right when political strife and an English oppressor shatter the peaceful kingdom. Joseph Connor Burke has reclaimed his ancestral acres and the manor he was born to rule. But in a turbulent time, as England struggles under an unjust English oppressor, Joseph's dreams of a peaceable kingdom are shattered by violence and betrayal. Soon the village of Ballynockanor will be swept into storms of political strife that will eventually spread to the entire Emerald isle.


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An Irishman must stand for what's right when political strife and an English oppressor shatter the peaceful kingdom. Joseph Connor Burke has reclaimed his ancestral acres and the manor he was born to rule. But in a turbulent time, as England struggles under an unjust English oppressor, Joseph's dreams of a peaceable kingdom are shattered by violence and betrayal. Soon t An Irishman must stand for what's right when political strife and an English oppressor shatter the peaceful kingdom. Joseph Connor Burke has reclaimed his ancestral acres and the manor he was born to rule. But in a turbulent time, as England struggles under an unjust English oppressor, Joseph's dreams of a peaceable kingdom are shattered by violence and betrayal. Soon the village of Ballynockanor will be swept into storms of political strife that will eventually spread to the entire Emerald isle.

30 review for Of Men and of Angels

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    I am loving this novelization of the history of Ireland. The novel has romance and intrigue and mystery and crime ... some good things and some bad things ... and woven through all of this is the history of the Irish fight against British rule. So very interesting, and I'm eager to finish the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I've not yet met a Bodie Thoene book I didn't like! The style/language of the book feels very authentically Irish, and the historical aspects factual. Combined with a very engaging storyline and characters, it was just lovely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Cox

    I wouldn't have considered putting it down but the foreshadowing turns me off.i like the story to unfold a little more slowly. But I press on content with the continuing saga.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kara Klos

    Of Men & of Angels is the second in the Galway Chronicles series. This book started out slow and it took me awhile to get into it. The second half was a much quicker read. As with the first book in the series (Only the River Runs Free), I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel. It’s thoroughly researched and very interesting. The story itself is entertaining (albeit a little too convenient in how the story plays out and abruptly concludes). The love story between Kate and Joseph seemed to f Of Men & of Angels is the second in the Galway Chronicles series. This book started out slow and it took me awhile to get into it. The second half was a much quicker read. As with the first book in the series (Only the River Runs Free), I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel. It’s thoroughly researched and very interesting. The story itself is entertaining (albeit a little too convenient in how the story plays out and abruptly concludes). The love story between Kate and Joseph seemed to flip like a light switch. I think a slower progression with small gestures given back & forth would have made more sense. There was a character known as the Tinker that I really enjoyed. A suspicious character at first, his true spirit is quickly discovered and they rely on him as a protector & guide as they confront their many challenges. He seemed to be an apostle to Joseph and his clan. 3.5/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Kate Elizabeth

    4.5 stars. The writing was beautiful and I loved the Irish accents! I found myself loving (or hating) the characters from early on and greatly enjoyed the rich historical content (though it did occasionally seem to slow the plot down). Would definitely recommend to teens who are fans of historical fiction or books related to the Irish/Ireland. Note: I read this book before the first one in the series on accident. I didn't realize this till I was almost done with the book, but still thoroughly enj 4.5 stars. The writing was beautiful and I loved the Irish accents! I found myself loving (or hating) the characters from early on and greatly enjoyed the rich historical content (though it did occasionally seem to slow the plot down). Would definitely recommend to teens who are fans of historical fiction or books related to the Irish/Ireland. Note: I read this book before the first one in the series on accident. I didn't realize this till I was almost done with the book, but still thoroughly enjoyed it and (basically) understood everything. I'm going to go back and read the first book next though ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Taryn Spearey

    A fantastic sequel to Only the River Runs Free! This ws just as good as book 1. We continue the stories of the characters from the first novel. I love the love story between Joseph and Kate. I really liove the two of them together. The most intense part of the book for me was the fire at the end. I couldn't help turning the pges, desperate to see what was going to happen next. My least fvorite character in this series is Mad Mollly. She's not evil, but, she does say a lot of crazy things. Gonna sta A fantastic sequel to Only the River Runs Free! This ws just as good as book 1. We continue the stories of the characters from the first novel. I love the love story between Joseph and Kate. I really liove the two of them together. The most intense part of the book for me was the fire at the end. I couldn't help turning the pges, desperate to see what was going to happen next. My least fvorite character in this series is Mad Mollly. She's not evil, but, she does say a lot of crazy things. Gonna start book 3 tomorrow!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    My heart is sill pounding and I can hardly wait to open the next book in the series. Joseph Burke and his love Kate, finally respond to the love that they knew was building between them. It was a slow blossoming love. A lot of sorrow happens in the book and I wonder how a small group of people can bear such grief in so short a time. One thing that causes the heart to pound is the seeming lack of hope as one tragedy after another occurs. I also makes me anxious to complete the series and finally My heart is sill pounding and I can hardly wait to open the next book in the series. Joseph Burke and his love Kate, finally respond to the love that they knew was building between them. It was a slow blossoming love. A lot of sorrow happens in the book and I wonder how a small group of people can bear such grief in so short a time. One thing that causes the heart to pound is the seeming lack of hope as one tragedy after another occurs. I also makes me anxious to complete the series and finally find the hope that seems so out of reach.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Great fictional telling or interpretation of the history of Ireland - has romance, crime, mystery and faith all in one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Good as always. Even more Bible references in this book than usual.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Richard Federline

    Part two of the Galway Chronicles, there is the usual intrigue and innocence expected in an Irish tale.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tim Slavin

    I am not necessarily a huge historical fiction fan. I am, however, a literature geek and a history buff, but sometimes, depending on the author, the historical fiction business can be misleading. While all history is, to some extent, revisionist, lazy or sloppy research can completely skew a meaningful tale of past events. My middle age (?) passion has become Irish history and Irish literature. My bride ran across a listing for the Galway Chronicles, a tetralogy of Eyre historical fiction coveri I am not necessarily a huge historical fiction fan. I am, however, a literature geek and a history buff, but sometimes, depending on the author, the historical fiction business can be misleading. While all history is, to some extent, revisionist, lazy or sloppy research can completely skew a meaningful tale of past events. My middle age (?) passion has become Irish history and Irish literature. My bride ran across a listing for the Galway Chronicles, a tetralogy of Eyre historical fiction covering about 50 years of very late 18th century through the mid-century famines by Bodie and brock Thoene (pronounced TAY-nee). I have read the first book, "Only the River Runs Free" and am now on the second, "Of Men and Angels." As I have a fair grasp of things Irish, I am being watchful of the reasonable accuracy of events, and I must say, thus far, I am impressed by the depth of research evident and the cultural tone learned. The writing is above average, and although it does contain its fair share of somewhat gimcrack violence and romance, it has thus far been a very entertaining and quick read. I suggest it to those like minded readers. Next, however, on the flip side, after decades of promising myself that it was time to do so, I engage Joyce's Ulysses.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    It is hard to believe that empires can want to have power and dominate to the point of cruelty and dismissing an entire group of people. I'm certain the beautiful Emerald Isle would be coveted by any power, but to degrade the people and have so little lack of respect for humanity is heart wrenching. Because there isn't any group of people on planet Earth who haven't wielded force and treated humanity with a nonchalant attitude, I am not finger pointing, as the human heart is despitefully wicked It is hard to believe that empires can want to have power and dominate to the point of cruelty and dismissing an entire group of people. I'm certain the beautiful Emerald Isle would be coveted by any power, but to degrade the people and have so little lack of respect for humanity is heart wrenching. Because there isn't any group of people on planet Earth who haven't wielded force and treated humanity with a nonchalant attitude, I am not finger pointing, as the human heart is despitefully wicked above all things. The authors did a fantastic job of researching the times and then creating characters that made the history come alive. I see the need for Kate's stubborn pride. I applaud Martin stepping into the headship of the family and above all, I am overwhelmed that men like Joseph can undo the ravages of cruel men and give hope to the human soul. This 2nd book is packed with less action and more history, but it is, nonetheless, a great read and will bring understanding and a thoroughness to the entire Galway Chronicles series. The Thoene's do a superb of story telling and I love their use of personification, similes, and metaphors. Their use of rhetoric is so beautiful and melodic. Well done!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Echo

    This is the second book in the Galway Chronicles, a series set in 1800s Ireland. This book follows the events of the first and takes place just a few years before the Great Famine. It follows the main character, Joseph, after he has reclaimed his family's land and starts to make an effort to improve the lives of his tenants. In the meantime, he is also trying to help political figure Daniel O'Connell push for Repeal - a cause that may cost him everything he worked so hard to get back. I like this This is the second book in the Galway Chronicles, a series set in 1800s Ireland. This book follows the events of the first and takes place just a few years before the Great Famine. It follows the main character, Joseph, after he has reclaimed his family's land and starts to make an effort to improve the lives of his tenants. In the meantime, he is also trying to help political figure Daniel O'Connell push for Repeal - a cause that may cost him everything he worked so hard to get back. I like this series pretty well. There's always something bad happening to the main characters, but in 1840s Ireland, that's just a realistic portrayal of how things were. If I can ever track down the other books, I'll probably go on and read the rest of the series to see what happens.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeni Enjaian

    A review from my old blog... I read the first book in this series... The Galway Chronicles... over a year ago. My mom had the book from many years past and I lamented the fact that the rest of the series was out of print. Thankfully many of those out of print books can be found at the library. Thus I picked up the second book in the series and fell in love all over again with the characters of Ballybacknor... Kate, Joseph, Mary Elisabeth, Mad Molly and etc. Like most of the books I prefer of the Th A review from my old blog... I read the first book in this series... The Galway Chronicles... over a year ago. My mom had the book from many years past and I lamented the fact that the rest of the series was out of print. Thankfully many of those out of print books can be found at the library. Thus I picked up the second book in the series and fell in love all over again with the characters of Ballybacknor... Kate, Joseph, Mary Elisabeth, Mad Molly and etc. Like most of the books I prefer of the Thoene's this book shifts between very few different points of view. The story moved along at such a pace that i couldn't have read slower even if I had wanted to. I love almost anything Irish or Scottish so I heartily recommend this book as well.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Joseph Connor Burke, who originally felt called to the Priesthood in Ireland, begins his work in freeing the Irish from England's stronghold and opression. The village of Ballynockanor takes the brunt of the beating from evil ones that would lose their purses if the low man got any say at all. The estate is burned and life is lost. Still, Joseph and the ones that are attempting to gain some type of freedon are shedding no blood. False charges are laid against the Irish and certain English Lords Joseph Connor Burke, who originally felt called to the Priesthood in Ireland, begins his work in freeing the Irish from England's stronghold and opression. The village of Ballynockanor takes the brunt of the beating from evil ones that would lose their purses if the low man got any say at all. The estate is burned and life is lost. Still, Joseph and the ones that are attempting to gain some type of freedon are shedding no blood. False charges are laid against the Irish and certain English Lords will seek jail for Joseph and other leaders. Now that he finally reveals his love for Kate and she admits her love for him, will they make it to the altar and have the family that will continue to support the farmers and dairmen of the area? How many will die that have cast no stone?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a good book. I had a hard time putting it down for the last 70 pages of the book!I don't know if the historical facts are accurate because I don't know much about that time period. I think that the title refers to the WORKS of men and the WORKS of angels. I liked all the characters and the development of all of them except one. I felt that it ended abruptly. It would have been nice to have a little more closure and information about the character "the Tinker". I think that the vagueness This was a good book. I had a hard time putting it down for the last 70 pages of the book!I don't know if the historical facts are accurate because I don't know much about that time period. I think that the title refers to the WORKS of men and the WORKS of angels. I liked all the characters and the development of all of them except one. I felt that it ended abruptly. It would have been nice to have a little more closure and information about the character "the Tinker". I think that the vagueness of this character was intentional and I can understand why, but I have a hard time with endings that leave loose ends or unanswered questions.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Raelene

    The saga continues, as does Ireland fight for Repeal and escape from the injustice and racial prejudice of English rule. More so than the first in this series, tragedy strikes again and again and yet, the hardy western Irish souls rise each time to protect their own. The religious tone of these books is unmistakable, but somehow fits so perfectly into the landscape and history of the peoples they describe. Their faith and courage and the hope of their very soul attest to the unflagging fortitude The saga continues, as does Ireland fight for Repeal and escape from the injustice and racial prejudice of English rule. More so than the first in this series, tragedy strikes again and again and yet, the hardy western Irish souls rise each time to protect their own. The religious tone of these books is unmistakable, but somehow fits so perfectly into the landscape and history of the peoples they describe. Their faith and courage and the hope of their very soul attest to the unflagging fortitude of the cause to which they're dedicated: freedom for Ireland. Ireland finally goverend by the Irish.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Years ago I read the first book in the Galway chronicles, "Only the River Runs Free." I'd enjoyed it so much I bought "Of Men and of Angels," and I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading it! While it wasn't necessary to have read the first to enjoy the second, it would have been more pleasurable. This story of the struggles for peace in Ireland is a well done piece of historical fiction. It didn't hurt that the hero is named Joseph O'Connor from county Connaught and I am desc Years ago I read the first book in the Galway chronicles, "Only the River Runs Free." I'd enjoyed it so much I bought "Of Men and of Angels," and I don't know why it took me so long to get around to reading it! While it wasn't necessary to have read the first to enjoy the second, it would have been more pleasurable. This story of the struggles for peace in Ireland is a well done piece of historical fiction. It didn't hurt that the hero is named Joseph O'Connor from county Connaught and I am descended from O'Connors. It was kind of fun to imagine that my ancestors may have lived a similar life! Good read with well researched facts and imaginative story line.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    Not as good as the first of the Galaway Chronicles, but still enjoyable. Much more of a slow read, and ends abruptly. I do not think I'll continue the series, because the books are so hard to find. Many good themes are portrayed in this book of trust, love, and truth. It is of good moral value. Vengence is for God, and the more that people realize that and take that advantage the better life is for all people.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    On to book 2 of the Galway Chronicles... the original "Series of Unfortunate Events." The series plot as a whole is a little predictable, and by the end of book 2 there's a feeling of "What HASN'T happened to this family?!?" It's not so much a question of knowing exactly what's going to happen, but of knowing that no matter what, they're going to get screwed. :p I still would like to read the other two books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tiina

    Second in a series; read the first one, good enough to finish the series. Not the BEST fiction I've ever read, but good enough to be entertaining (and educational-set in Ireland at the time of the Repeal from English/Protestant rule), just not good enough to tempt me to sit on the couch and read instead of do whatever I SHOULD be doing. And really, I guess that's a good thing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Book two of this series about 1800's Ireland, and the suffering they had under the English and the f0orbidding of their worship. Connor burke has regained his lands, but because of his taking his long time beloved's sister's illegitimate baby to raise, even thought it is not his, they become estranged. Recommended.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    This is the second book which continues the AMAZING series by Bodie Thoene which follows a family through the harsh conditions of the Irish in their homeland and, for those who survive, as they attempt to escape to a new life in America. If you are at all interested in the history of the Irish people, this historical fiction is right on the mark and speaks right to the heart.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Carr

    Historic Fiction Page-turner My favorite historic fiction authors don't disappoint. I love learning history accidentally as I read Thoene books, and this series again reveals the author's skill at transporting the reader into seemingly real-time experience right along with the characters.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    These were a nice refreshing look, yet heavy in parts at something I know very little about. Good romance, as always, and such a beautiful, flowing storyline that it was almost as if I was in County Galway myself.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melaniegurnett

    I thought that the authors did a good job bringing the history of Ireland to life, however I sometimes felt a disconnect with the characters and couldn't quite get drawn into the story like I do with other writers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    Interesting book on Ireland. It's about a Widower name Joseph Connor Burke who made a reclaimed to his lands, but he still cannot lay claim to fiery Kate Donovan Garrity's rebel heart. He's working to build a peaceable kingdom on his estate, outside forces are at work to wrest that dream from him.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie

    Read Jan 2010. Read Jan 2012.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Farris

    Weeeeeeeell................it............was.......a.........slooooooowww...........read.... Weeeeeeeell................it............was.......a.........slooooooowww...........read....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    I have read many of her books. Most are in a 'love to reread' category... this isn't

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