The Irish Earl

The Irish Earl

by Patricia Bray

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ISBN-13: 9781626816169
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 338,504
File size: 1 MB

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Irish Earl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patricia Bray turns her sharp eye and sharper wit on Regency Ireland in her latest novel. The rootless Felicity is shopping for a husband with whom to create a home. The Earl of Kilgarvan catches her attention when the impoverished (but hunky!) noble is the only one to give money to a beggar. They soon discover they have much in common, including a pragmatic streak that lets them calmly arrange a marriage that will give them both what they want... Kilgarvan gets Felicity's money, and Felicity gets a home of her own. But Felicity's lawyers have crafted a marriage contract that keeps her money firmly in her control, and Kilgarvan wants to leave Felicity in Dublin with his mother. Their efforts to build an understanding are thwarted at every turn by their steadfast insistance that they know best, and their indomitable pride that prevents them from admitting when they don't.

Set in the 'wilds' of Ireland (hoping to convince her to stay in civilized Dublin, Kilgarvan takes Felicity to the estate using the most roundabout route he knows), the beauty and challenge of the countryside comes through clearly. The lifestyle and manner of the people is deftly sketched with telling details, and the Irish are portrayed neither condescendingly nor with sentimental sugar coating.

I enjoyed seeing such a strong female character, especially one who is so convinced of her selfworth that she is willing to take a hard line and stick to it, rather than diminishing herself by caving to societal pressure.

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