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Jessica Wyeth is no longer a fugitive hiding under assumed identities. Through sheer grit, she has reclaimed her life only to discover what she fought for was an illusion. She is not the child of the picture-perfect New England family, but an unwanted castaway. Her frail and reclusive aunt died without exposing the secret that she was Jessica’s mother. Jessica travels to IJessica Wyeth is no longer a fugitive hiding under assumed identities. Through sheer grit, she has reclaimed her life only to discover what she fought for was an illusion. She is not the child of the picture-perfect New England family, but an unwanted castaway. Her frail and reclusive aunt died without exposing the secret that she was Jessica’s mother. Jessica travels to Ireland—her mother’s home—to learn why.When Jessica rides in a world-class steeplechase, she is unwittingly used as an accomplice in a devastating bombing in an English shopping mall. The group behind the bombing is the Charity, a generations old support network of the IRA. Michael Conant, reluctant heir to the Charity and Jessica’s lover, must choose his allegiance to his violent family legacy or the woman he loves. Meanwhile, Jessica’s fight for her life leads her to uncover her mother’s secrets and the divided soul of the Irelands."The Troubles" is a high-concept suspense novel that views the conflict in Northern Ireland through the prism of American involvement. This sweeping, multi-generational tale gives witness to the delicate and dangerous layers inside an ever-unfolding world....

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ISBN : 9780692417928
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 391 Pages
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The Troubles Reviews

  • Kameel Nasr
    2019-04-07 17:15

    I had the pleasure of interviewing Connie Hambly on my show “Local Authors with Kameel Nasr”. She has the first two books in the series, and she promised a third in the near future. You can start by reading The Troubles. It’s well-written and interesting, containing three major elements. First, as the title implies, the story is about what has been referred to as “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland. Second, the protagonist has a troubled identity. She discovers that the woman who raised her is not her mother. Without giving away the story, she later discovers that who she thought her father was not. Third, this book is about horses, and one of the most exciting chapters is a steeple race which is out of a Ben Hur movie. These three elements are woven into the story. The horse business is tied to the protagonist’s identity, and her identity is related to the terrorist battle in Northern Ireland. One thing struck me on page one: Hambly relates a bombing that actually took place in Manchester. The IRA left a truck of explosives in a shopping center then called to police to evacuate the area. They wanted to make a statement, not kill innocent people (although they killed many in other circumstances), which made me reflect on how far we have descended where now killing innocents is normal.Kameel Nasr is author of The Symphony Heist

  • Helen
    2019-04-15 15:10

    Loved this book. The back story really provides a lot of historical information as well as mystery into how all of the characters developed. I also can't help but root for Michael and Jessica. Can't wait for book 3.

  • Gabriel Valjan
    2019-04-21 18:06

    The Troubles is my first foray into Connie Johnson Hambley’s tense world of identity, terrorism, and horses. No spoilers here, other than to say that it takes a deft hand to convey foreign culture and Anglo-Irish politics. Jessica Wyeth is a strong female character without the author having to resort to making her distant and difficult. The pacing is tense, the descriptions lyrical, and the action, realistic. Midway through the story, Jessica participates in a vivid race in which another jockey does something unsportsmanlike, but the real surprise is her discovery when she undresses after the steeplechase. Great writing. The author is an equestrian and her knowledge of horses is as accurate as it is harrowing. I’ve ridden polo ponies (read: fearless and fast thoroughbred-quarter horses), and I’ve experienced speed, chaos, and the terror of nearly losing control of the horse. Hambley captured that in hooves and heartbeats. The greater story arc, however, is a mystery about love, personal history and what to do with knowledge. The Troubles is also an intelligent and moral story about secrets, about illusions and the violence they create. Highly recommend.

  • Ted Tayler
    2019-04-20 16:20

    “A female protagonist to be reckoned with”Ireland is one of a handful of countries in the world where certain elements are inextricably linked. Religion and politics; dark, forbidding towns and cities scattered around a desolate sprawling countryside that is both beautiful and mystical. Oh, and there are horses too.I haven't read 'The Charity' the first book in this trilogy, but the author cleverly jogs the memory of the returning reader and leaves enough clues for newcomers to understand what went before. Jessica Wyeth is an incredibly strong character, who needs to uncover her roots, no matter what it takes. The story, and the back story are superbly crafted together and I had no problem switching between past and present as the whole picture was gradually revealed. Religion and politics are to the forefront of the plot. The 'troubles' that scarred the dark towns and cities play a role too. As for the magical countryside, the local folk and the horses - well it wouldn't be Ireland without them, would it?I am neither a religious nor political man, but I found this story to be extremely well written and captivating.

  • Sharon Healy-Yang
    2019-04-22 16:14

    Hambley's novel is exciting and intriguing. She deftly weaves together stories across the decades into a final conclusion that satisfies and surprises. Her recreation of "the Troubles" in Ireland and across the the Atlantic to the U.S., even across generations, beautifully recreates the history and feeling of these violent times by giving us thinking and feeling characters who ring true. The descriptions of place in Ireland make you want to book a ticket! She knows her setting! And being an "improver of the breed," I especially enjoyed her descriptions of racing and training horses. This is a thrilling read, with a strong female character I liked and rooted for.

  • Christine Meunier
    2019-04-03 20:27

    Jessica Wyeth was new to me in reading the Troubles, even though she is undoubtedly the main character in this trilogy. Having not read the Charity, I was pleased to find that this did not detract from my reading experience of the Troubles.Jessica is a horse trainer by nature and the beautiful American finds herself thrust in a harsh Irish political world after unwittingly getting involved in the affairs of Magnus Connaught and then heading to Ireland to trace her roots...More at

  • Robbie
    2019-03-30 18:10

    If you’re like me and love well-done mysteries and thrillers with a historical bent, you’ll love Connie Johnson Hambley’s "The Troubles." The second volume in Hambley’s “Jessica Trilogy,” but readable as a stand-alone, "The Troubles" combines a contemporary (romantic!) suspense plot featuring Jessica Wyeth, a compelling, complex heroine with identity issues, with flashbacks to the morally ambiguous entanglements and agendas of the Irish freedom fighters of the 1960s and 1970s who are, quite literally, in Jessica's blood.

  • Jill Baker
    2019-04-02 20:22

    Hooked on The Charity, I of course, had to read The Troubles. The story continues in a volatile Ireland centered around a woman's quest for her roots. Politics, religion, secrets, and personal conviction are all undercurrents here. The feeling is rich, but the writing is sparse -- cuts to the bone. No excess. No fluff. Strong story with surprising twists.

  • Leslie Collyer
    2019-04-08 18:09

    This is the second is a series of three books. I enjoyed it a lot! It delves into Irish politics and history and how they connect to the heroine. The characters are real, warts and all. There are many times you can't stop turning the pages to see what happens next. I also really enjoyed that many different characters' voices are heard.

  • Karen Zeliff
    2019-03-27 13:16

    Liked it. Very revealing about Northern Ireland in the 1960's

  • Connie
    2019-04-11 13:21