5 Delightful Books Set in Ireland

Get lost in these books, which take place (in part) in the land of druids, saints, and scholars

01

The Princes of Ireland

Edward Rutherfurd

From the internationally bestselling author of London and Sarum comes a magnificent epic about love and war, family life, and political intrigue in Ireland over the course of seventeen centuries. Like the novels of James Michener, The Princes of Ireland brilliantly interweaves engrossing fiction and well-researched fact to capture the essence of a place.

02

The Greener Shore

Morgan Llywelyn

The Greener Shore may well be Morgan Llywelyn’s masterpiece. A shimmering tale of ancient Ireland and the coming to its shores of a small band of Gallic Celts fleeing Caesar’s destruction of Gaul, it is a seamless blend of history, myth, fantasy, and imagination. One almost believes that Ms. Llywelyn was there at the time, a druid woman who was part of that peaceful immigration. Welsh in origin, American by birth and early life, and Irish by adoption, she is surely one of the great Celtic storytellers of her time.”
—Andrew M. Greeley

03

The Chief

Monica McCarty

AN ELITE FIGHTING FORCE UNLIKE ANY THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN . . .

Scouring the darkest corners of the Highlands and Western Isles, Robert the Bruce handpicks ten warriors to help him in his quest to free Scotland from English rule. They are the best of the best, chosen for their superior skills in each discipline of warfare. And to lead his secret Highland Guard, Bruce chooses the greatest warrior of all.

04

The Hawk

Monica McCarty

Erik MacSorley is unrivaled on the seas, a brilliant seafarer who has never encountered a wind he could not harness nor a woman he could not win—until he drags a wet, half-naked “nursemaid” out of the waters off the Irish coast. Ellie’s ordinary appearance belies the truth: she is in fact Lady Elyne de Burgh, the spirited daughter of the most powerful noble in Ireland, and a close ally of the English king. Worse, this confounding, fascinating, irresistible woman is determined to prove herself immune to his charms—a challenge he cannot resist.

05

At nineteen, Annie Black abandons California for a London winter of drinking to oblivion and looking for love in the wrong places. Twenty years later, she is a happily married mother of three living in San Francisco. Then one morning, a photograph arrives in her mailbox, and an old obsession is awakened. After a return trip to London, Annie’s marriage falters, her store floods, and her son, Robbie, takes a nighttime ride that nearly costs him his life. Now Annie must fight to save her family by untangling the mysteries of that reckless winter in Europe that drew an invisible map of her future.