A fanciful, romantic tale of passion and faith that invites readers to the "God-graced mountains and plains" of Ireland. Maire, Gleannmara's warrior queen, finds her fierce heart is gentled when she takes a reformed mercenary -- a Christian, no less -- as hostage during a raid. At first she wonders what kind of God would make a fine warrior like Rowan of Emerys such a coward. But as she comes to know Rowan and witnesses the force of his beliefs, she learns that meekness and humility to the one true God are stronger than any blade of steel. And in the process, Maire discovers the transforming power of love and faith.
Maire - eBook
Not really what I expected!
The book wasn't I expected! There were some things I didn't quite agree with such as the conversation about Adam and Eve! I did like however Maire! She was so passionate and honest!
September 5, 2012
great historical fiction
When I saw this on Goodreads and CBD the cover caught my attention and the description captured it. I didnÃ¢ÂÂt even look for it at the public library (although IÃ¢ÂÂve since learned that itÃ¢ÂÂs there) and instead bought it. I rarely buy a book, but this was only 99 cents. :-) And itÃ¢ÂÂs certainly worth all 99 pennies.
The story takes place in fifth-century Ireland and I really enjoyed learning more about early Irish Christianity. The author did a lot of research and includes a bibliography at the end of the book for those interested in learning more.
Maire is a warrior queen whose parentÃ¢ÂÂs realm is being managed by the greedy Morlach until she comes of age. Raised alongside two foster brothers she has been trained to be queen, to be a strong warrior. Thus she is uncertain how to let others Ã¢ÂÂ certainly a man as attractive, strong and kind as Rowan, help her. I loved how Maire slowly learns how to be a good queen and a woman.
But Maire isnÃ¢ÂÂt the only one learning lessons. Rowan struggles with memories and scars from his youth that he must confront and overcome. Forgiveness, trusting God and discerning His will are no easy matters when youÃ¢ÂÂve been uprooted from your home.
There is a fair amount of kissing and passion, the reader knows whatÃ¢ÂÂs going to happen but isnÃ¢ÂÂt told. But there is a lot of restraint as well. Rowan fights hard to honor the 7th commandment (donÃ¢ÂÂt commit adultery) which is so neat.
A great mix of adventure, action, love (several types), and friendship.
April 8, 2012
An entertaining book.
Being Irish myself and someone who enjoys the era portrayed in this book, I enjoyed it but did wish that it was not quite so predictable or that it pulled the other characters into the story a bit more to add a twist or two. All in all it was a good read. I would recommend it to people who enjoy period fiction.
April 3, 2012
really enjoyed it
Wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. Would like to read more of this author.
March 23, 2012