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The Rebel

The Rebel

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by May McGoldrick

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Jane Purefoy is a woman with a double life masquerading as the leader of a gang of Irish revolutionaries. But its the passionate and determined Sir Nicholas Spencer who tears her heart in two.


Jane Purefoy is a woman with a double life masquerading as the leader of a gang of Irish revolutionaries. But its the passionate and determined Sir Nicholas Spencer who tears her heart in two.

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McGoldrick (The Promise) explores Georgian Ireland in this latest offering, which features the extensive historical detail for which the husband-and-wife team is known. Sir Nicholas Spencer, an English philanthropist, decides that he needs to settle down if he's going to open a house for homeless children. Determined to select a wife quickly, he heads for Ireland to meet Clara Purefoy, the demure daughter of an English lord. Arriving in Cork, however, he stumbles upon a band of Shanavests, Irish peasants who oppose the oppressive English government. The leader of the band, Nicholas discovers to his surprise, is Jane Purefoy, the disgraced elder daughter of the Purefoy family. Captivated by the stunning rebel, Nicholas agrees to keep her secret. Now he must extricate himself from a relationship with Clara as well as unravel the mystery of why Jane's family holds her in such disdain. The historical detail here can be heavy-handed at times, as when McGoldrick introduces Dr. Samuel Johnson ("a man who is perhaps the leading light of English letters today") in a clumsy aside. The plot occasionally feels contrived, as well, but the story's strong pacing, likeable hero and heroine and surprising twists and turns compensate for these minor flaws. (July 2) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Signet Historical Romance Series
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4.30(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.09(d)

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The Rebel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1771, Sir Nicholas Spenser, his mother and his sister travel to Cork, Ireland at the invitation of Sir Thomas Purefoy, who wants the aristocrat to marry his younger daughter Clara. Nicholas needs an heir and Clara seems the ideal candidate. On the trek, an agitated secretary to the bishop stops Nicholas¿ coach insisting that the Irish rebel Shanavests had accosted them. Nicholas helps the bishop by punching the rebel leader in the mouth, but is shocked that he hits a girl, who escapes. He learns that he fought with the vicious Egan. Later Nicholas asks Clara about the Shanavests. She contends they represent morality unlike the detached bishop. That night Nicholas and his family meet Clara¿s older sister Jane. Nicholas and Jane recognize one another, but he remains silent that she is Egan. Jane finds the nobleman desirable, but believes he will harm her cause. Nicholas pursues Jane as she fascinates him. As he learns from Jane about the Irish plight, they feel bound by love, but with the Irish question between them love may not be enough to bind their relationship permanently.

The sequel to the entertaining THE PROMISE, THE REBEL is an exciting well-written historical romance that allows readers time to believe in the relationship between the lead protagonists. No one can claim that the idealistic activist Jane is not part of the solution. Nicholas¿ compassion towards the poor makes him a wonderful male protagonist, he pales next to Jane. Though the ending wraps up deep-rooted social problems much too neatly, fans have quite an exhilarating treat that will amplify the esteem received by May McGoldrick.

Harriet Klausner