Irish Lady

Irish Lady

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by Jeanette Baker
     
 

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"A fiercely emotional and romantic tale. Jeanette Baker has a rare gift which allows her to blend genres with gracious ease."
-RT Book Reviews gold rating

The bad boy of her past...

A successful attorney in a posh London neighborhood, Meghann McCarthy thought she'd escaped the slums of Belfast forever. Until Michael Devlin needs her help. Years… See more details below

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"A fiercely emotional and romantic tale. Jeanette Baker has a rare gift which allows her to blend genres with gracious ease."
-RT Book Reviews gold rating

The bad boy of her past...

A successful attorney in a posh London neighborhood, Meghann 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 now he's part of a past she never wants to revisit. However, she can'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 into 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.

Author of fifteen novels, including the RITA Award-winning paranormal Nell, Jeanette Baker has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as a forceful writer of character and conflict whose novels RT Book Reviews calls "irresistible reading." Jeanette lives in California during the winter, where she teaches literature and writing, and in County Kerry, Ireland during the summer.

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Publishers Weekly
Baker skillfully blends contemporary and historical romance with a dash of the supernatural in this large-scale tale, first published in 1998, of tumultuous romance during Northern Ireland’s Troubles. In the early 1980s, Meghann McCarthy left behind her impoverished Belfast Catholic neighborhood, torn by urban strife, and her charismatic lover, Michael Devlin, a passionate IRA soldier. Fifteen years later, she’s a leading legal mind in England and he’s accused of murdering a prominent British politician sympathetic to the Irish Republican cause. Meghann takes on Michael’s case, and as their old mutual attraction flares up again, she finds herself strangely dreaming of her ancestor Nuala O’Neill and Nuala’s great love, Rory O’Donnell, one of the 17th century’s last Irish holdouts against Elizabeth I. Baker carries off both complicated romantic plots with panache, but her real achievement lies in avoiding sentimental gushing while accurately depicting the atrocities visited on the Irish by Britain—and by themselves. (Jan.)
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"Baker skillfully blends contemporary and historical romance with a dash of the supernatural in this large-scale tale" - Publishers Weekly

"I enjoyed it very much and highly recommend this and other works by Jeanette Baker." - Celtic Lady's Reviews

"IRISH LADY is an extreme soul searching tale of the fight a woman endures through heartbreak and war to achieve the lost love of her childhood. The insights of the upheaval of the beautiful country of Ireland and its devoted families, brings to light the horrendous atrocities they were forced to endure in protecting their beloved country. IRISH LADY is filled with a fierce and devoted love of two people and their struggle for what they believe in.

FreshFiction.com FRESH PICK 1/10/12" - Fresh Fiction

"Baker beautifully transitions between the present and past making the story flow smoothly as you are caught up in the adventure. The story will captivate you and not let go until the end." - Thoughts in Progress

"I can't remember when I was rooting so hard for two people to have their happy ending as I did for Michael and Meghann." - The Romance Reader

"Another big thumbs up to Sourcebooks for finding these older books and breathing new life into them" - At Home with A Good Book and the Cat

""Irish Lady" has strong characters,an interesting plot,danger,political danger,a bit of romance,and heritage. If you enjoy historical writing with paranormal twists,Ireland,the IRA,political intrigue,danger you will enjoy "Irish Lady"" - My Book Addiction Reviews

"Overall Irish Lady is a wonderful Irish tale with intrigue, romance, historical fiction, ghosts, time slips, mystery, and grand passion. In other words, it is a riveting story. I highly recommend it." - Laura's Reviews

"Obviously I loved it. Not only do you get a great perspective of history, the flight of the earls and the IRA through the novel, but you get to meet two characters that are just amazing." - Romance Books Forum

"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." - Life in the Thumb

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402255939
Publisher:
Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Casablanca Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
208,201
File size:
1 MB

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Prologue

Nuala, Belfast, Ireland, 1968

Four centuries had passed and yet I had not forgotten the smell of charred wood nor the searing heat of a fire bent on destruction. I opened my eyes and saw the leap of flame against shadow, gutted dwellings, the silhouette of a church steeple outlined against an orange sky-an entire world engulfed in fire.

Painful memories, long repressed, struggled for release. Deliberately I willed them back. I had not come through the shadowy portals of time to relive my past. I came for Meghann, poor lost child that she was, and Michael, too, but mostly Meghann. Michael knew who he was and what he must do. It was Meghann who needed my guidance to find her strength.

Gingerly, I stretched my arms and worked at placing one foot in front of the other. Every muscle ached with fatigue. How strange to feel my body again. I never realized how restricting human form could be, and how heavy, even for a small woman.

I didn't know yet where to find her. That would come later, after my thoughts became hers and hers mine, after we had stepped into each other's minds and traveled there, after she learned to face down the demons that kept her afraid.

She was still very young, and our journey together would be a long one. I admit that I was curious to know her. My own daughter had grown to womanhood without me. Like everyone, I assumed that I would live a long life, but it was not to be. Through Meghann, fate had given me another chance at mothering, it wasn't until I first saw her that I understood why.

When she was grown she would be tall. Centuries and the mixing of bloodlines had muted her coloring. Her hair would not be as red nor her eyes as green as mine. But the bones of her cheeks, the shape of her nose and mouth, and the pure, poreless texture of her skin could only have come from me.

She would never replace Chiara, my daughter and Rory's, our child of light and laughter. Meghann was herself, born into this world because of me, a distant ancestor, and that was close enough. From the moment I held out my arms in the burned-out rubble that was her home, and she ran into them, I loved her.

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