Mary Smyth, the daughter of a Catholic rebel, tumbles into Alec Gracey's life from atop a ridge-underfed, tattered, shoeless-and captures his cynical heart. She lives in an overcrowded hut; he resides in the mar down the hill. She works as a laundress; he is seeking office in England's Anglican parliament, the protege of the powerful Earl of Roden. Disguising his name, he will slip into her world and together they will hurtle toward a deadly collision with history. Ireland will never be the same. And neither will they.
Eileen is a wife to her husband of 37 years, a mother of five, a grandmother to seven, and a sister to those siblings who made her who she is. A fervent passion for Irish culture and curiosity for her ancestors drove Eileen to seek out the greener pastures of Ireland and finally fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing the places where her ancestors walked and lived and loved. She used this information as inspiration for a novel that would change how she understood her relatives. Eileen passed away as Rescuing Mr. Gracey was being published, fulfilling a dream that was decades in the making.