Maire, Fires of Gleannmara #1   -     By: Linda Windsor
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Maire, Fires of Gleannmara #1

Random House, Inc / 2009 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601422466
ISBN-13: 9781601422460
Availability: In Stock
Series: Fires of Gleannmara

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Linda Windsor is an award-winning author of nineteen historical and five contemporary novels who lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. A former professional singer, musician, and ABA writer, Linda gave her music and writing over to God with initial protest but without regret. She believes laughter is God's prescription for the tears of life, and the icing on the cake of faith.

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  1. Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not really what I expected!
    September 5, 2012
    Lala
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for Maire - eBook.
    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!
  2. Katharina
    North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    great historical fiction
    April 8, 2012
    Katharina
    North Carolina
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I saw this on Goodreads and CBD the cover caught my attention and the description captured it. I didn't even look for it at the public library (although I've since learned that it's there) and instead bought it. I rarely buy a book, but this was only 99 cents. :-) And it's 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 parent's 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 - 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 isn't 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 you've been uprooted from your home.

    There is a fair amount of kissing and passion, the reader knows what's going to happen but isn't told. But there is a lot of restraint as well. Rowan fights hard to honor the 7th commandment (don't commit adultery) which is so neat.

    A great mix of adventure, action, love (several types), and friendship.
  3. mima
    Minnesota
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An entertaining book.
    April 3, 2012
    mima
    Minnesota
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
  4. needles
    Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    really enjoyed it
    March 23, 2012
    needles
    Michigan
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed it. Would like to read more of this author.
  5. yaya
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    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    this book has profanity in it
    February 25, 2012
    yaya
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This was a great book all the way through until I got to the last couple of chapters where the author thought it would be acceptable to use a curse word, needless to say I never finished the book. I just don't understand how someone could talk about God all through the book and then feel it is alright to use profanity I found it to be offensive and I could not recommend this book to any of my christian friends. I wish someone had wrote a review regarding this, because then I would not have wasted my money on this purchase. Hopefully this will help others!
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