Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A successful attorney in a posh London neighborhood, Megann McCarthy thought she'd escaped the slums of Belfast forever. Until Michael Devlin needs her help. Years before, her love for the Irish charmer had nearly torn her apart, but not he's part of a past she never wants to revisit. However, she an't leave him defenseless against a murder charge-even if uncovering the truth puts her life in danger too.
She'll risk everything to save Michael- and she's not the first of her family to put it all on the line for a man she loves. As Meghann delves further into Michael's case, further in the history that binds them so irrevocably, she slips into the unfolding drama of centuries before...of another woman's desperate fight to free her rebel husband from the clutches of Queen Elizabeth. Stakes are high, but the reward is the love of a lifetime. And the Irish never give up.
I love anything Irish and this book is no exception! I was held captive within the pages of this story over the course of a week and each time I had to close my Kindle I was anxious to get back to these characters. I thought Baker did a beautiful job using the supernatural element within the context of the story. I believed that a past ancestor, Nuala, came forward to the present through the mists to help guide Meghann as she fought for the freedom of Michael. It made perfect sense because Ireland is steeped in mystery and folk-lore. I loved the history lessons within the pages and found myself making so many notes and then looking up the information. The love story unfolded gently and that too was very real and believable.
This author has not steered me wrong yet and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her books and especially this one to any of my friends. I would, however, tell you to read the glossary terms in the back of the book before you start! I am not knowledgable at all in regards to the struggle between the Catholics , Protestants, and the British state. Nor did I know much about the IRA, Sinn Fein, and Belfast RUC. And believe me, you have to know a bit more than U2's Bloody Sunday song so getting a little background information doesn't hurt.
Author: Jeanette Baker
Source: review copy from Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical fiction/Romance
Published: January 1, 2012
*Uncorrected eARC via NetGalley
Disclaimer:Thank you toSourcebooks Casablanca/NetGalley for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MYexperience while reading this novel.
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