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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.
"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
"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
"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
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.
Posted July 15, 2013
Posted July 18, 2012
This book is well worth reading. I knew next to nothing about 20th century Irish history. Although I knew about the struggles between Protestants and Catholics, the book brought it alive. The ghost is a good way to add another layer to the story, and although a little silly, it is a great story. A good summer read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2013
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