Maire

Maire

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by Linda Windsor
     
 

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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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601423023
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Series:
Fires of Gleannmara , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
357,645
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Maire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
beadedwingsok More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I'd recommend it to anyone that loves Christian romance. I enjoyed the historical perspective and thought it was well written. I was entranced from beginning to end. Sorry it ended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A richly woven tale adorned with finely crafted details. Charismatic characters deal with flaws that require the balm of God's grace and His redeeming discipline in their battle of wills with the Almighty. Linda Windsor accomplishes the knack of exposing the pull of sensual impulses and God's spiritual power to overcome. Conflicting passions and holy anger entice the reader into this setting of the bawdy, bloody days of the seventh century Saxons and into an adventure world rife with danger, holy journeys, and the brandishing of many kinds of swords.
harstan More than 1 year ago
During the fifth century, the Celtic invaders came from Ireland to raid the Welsh village. Rowan of Emrys is surprised to learn that the raiders come from Gleannmara, his birthplace before being sold into slavery as a child. Rowan persuades his opponent's leader Queen Maire to leave his Christian villagers alone in exchange for tribute and his serving as her hostage.

The Druid priest Brude sees Rowan as someone good for the Irish. He marries Rowan and Maire more out of fear that his evil peer, Morlach, will do something heinous to the Queen and the people. As Maire begins to understand Rowan's courage and belief in the One God, she falls in love with her spouse. However, she wonders if his faith is strong enough to deal with the malevolent Morlach?

MAIRE, the first book in the 'Fires of Gleannmara' series is an exciting work of historical fiction that brings to life the Celtic heritage mindful of the great Beowulf. The current story line is exciting and fast-paced, while centering on the conflict between Christianity and Druidism. The lead couple is a charming duo and the support cast fills the Dark Ages with light. Readers will want to read this tale even as they impatiently await the sixth century (RIONA) and seventh century (DEIRDRE) novels.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous 10 months ago
The Glennmarra series by Linda Windsor was terrific! Great character development, built into rich historical detail. You are quickly in another time and place! The romance and faith are strong in all three novels. Enough to make you blush and laugh, but not so much to make you nervous of your mom finding your book! Love them all.
VPagan More than 1 year ago
Great book with a great plot. Furthermore, it was a great lovestory and written in such a way that there was no need for details with the love scenes. You just knew without being told that they were great together! I enjoyed the book and the only fault I'd hold against it is that I wish there had been more dialogue in the book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book paints a great picture of true love and how it triumphs over all else, even if in the beginning they characters had no intention of falling in love i loved the way this book and author described everything!
Guest More than 1 year ago
excellent. one of the best i've read in a while.