Sunday, February 07, 2021



Wow, what a history lesson.  I am fascinated by this period of history.  This debut novel was so informative and entertaining.  Veronica McDermott is living a sheltered life in rural Ireland on her parent’s farm. She has a desire to venture out to see what the world has to offer.  She moves to Dublin, lives with her Aunt and Uncle and she attends secretarial school.  

The trials and tribulations of the war become a reality for her, and the fight for Ireland’s independence from Britain is an eye opener.  Veronica is given an assignment that she must gather information on a British soldier named Major Harry Fairfax. She becomes friends with him and as the relationship develops, she is led into unknown territory.  So Veronica must make the heart wrenching decision, does she follow her heart or stay true to her family and her country? As the story continues so do her challenges, and she finds herself in an impossible situation.  Dublin offers more than she ever bargained for.

I really enjoyed this story.  I was intrigued to find that this was based on a true story.  This book was very captivating and was definitely an engrossing read.  I recommend this engaging read and I look forward to reading more from this author.



Rating: 4 out of 4.
Author:  Eimear Lawlor 
Publisher:  Aria Fiction 
Publication Date: January 28, 2021 
Pages: 278 
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Falling in love with the enemy is the ultimate act of betrayal...1917. A farm girl from Cavan, Veronica McDermott is desperate to find more to life than peeling potatoes. Persuading her family to let her stay with her aunt and uncle in Dublin so she can attend secretarial college, she has no idea what she is getting into. Recruited by Fr Michael O'Flanagan to type for Eamon De Valera, Veronica is soon caught up in the danger and intrigue of those fighing for Ireland's independence from Britain.

The attentions of a handsome British soldier, Major Harry Fairfax, do not go unnoticed by Veronica's superiors. But when Veronica is tasked with earning his affections to gather intelligence for Sinn Féin, it isn't long before her loyalty to her countrymen and her feelings for Harry are in conflict. To choose one is to betray the other...

Inspired by real life events and marking the centenary of the end of the War of Independence, Dublin's Girl is a thrilling historical debut from an exciting new Irish voice.


Eimear was born in Co. Cavan and now lives in the medieval city of Kilkenny with her husband John and two sons. Even as a young child Eimear Lawlor would conjure up stories with their imagination, sharing them with anyone who would listen. They’ve developed their storytelling and writing quite a bit since then, but the thrill of language and creation they first discovered as a child has never gone away.

She met John in London while she was studying for a BSc. Unfortunately, her middle child Ciara passed away in 2016, who was the inspiration of her writing career. Eimear worked as a teacher for a few years and became a stay-at-home mum after the birth of Ciara. When Ciara was twelve, she told Eimear to do something with her life other than drinking coffee with her friends. She did the NUI Maynooth Creative Writing course in 2014. Her writing has been on The Ryan Tubridy Show, and The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 and her short stories have been published in two anthologies.

This is her debut novel and a work of fiction which was inspired when she read her aunt’s Bureau of Military Statement. Her aunt worked in Dublin for the political party in 1917 that was trying to gain independence from England. Her aunt worked with Michael Collins and Éamon De Valera who she continued to work for after the Civil War as his private secretary.

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