In 1743, Rory Desmond, an infamous Irish rebel, flees the hangman's rope to the Maryland Colony to become a tobacco planter. Years later, a respectable widower with a child, he returns secretly to Connemara to wed an heiress he has never laid eyes on. Mourning his dead wife, Rory has agreed to this marriage of convenience arranged by the girl's father. But the bride has other ideas. Aided by her devout mother, she defies her absent father by running away to enter a convent, leaving in her place her penniless, illegitimate half-sister Linna O'Neill.
Both girls are close in age; both bear the same name and share a likeness. Seeing her one chance to escape a life of drudgery and hunger by marrying Rory, Linna assumes her half-sister's identity. The wedding plans are interrupted when a traitor reveals Rory's whereabouts. Friendly allies warn him in time to make a desperate escape with Linna across the Atlantic to Maryland.
Neither Rory nor Linna expect love from this match, but passion flares between them, and Linna's joy is haunted by the lie. When Rory learns the truth, the marriage shatters. He returns the dowry and enlists as a scout for the English and Colonial soldiers in their battle against the French and Indians. When Rory's troops are massacred and word comes that he is dead, Linna refuses to believe he is lost. She leaves her infant child to journey into the savage wilderness to bring her beloved husband home.
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About the Author
Judith E. French has been writing professionally since she was fifteen. She is the author of more than sixty novels, many of which are Native American romances set in the Maryland Tidewater country during the American colonial period. Judith's novels have been published worldwide and translated into numerous languages. Her awards include Romantic Times Magazine's prestigious Career Achievement Award in American Historical Romance, the P.E.A.R.L. Award for Best Anthology, 1999, and the Delaware Diamond Award for Literary Excellence.
Judith is a mother and grandmother. She lives with her husband and two spoiled dogs in a restored 18th century farmhouse on the Delaware-Maryland border. Her home has been in her family since a female ancestor received a land grant from William Penn. Judith is descended from early Chesapeake Bay Scottish, English, and Welsh settlers and Lenape Indians. She has a strong family heritage of oral storytelling, a tradition continued on by the success of her oldest daughter, bestselling novelist Colleen Faulkner, a.k.a. V.K. Forrest, Sarah Gray, and Hunter Morgan. Continuing the tradition, two of Judith's grandchildren are aspiring novelists.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As is oft said of authors when first introduced to a reader: This was my first book by Ms. French and it was so lovely and exciting…that ‘twill not be my last! In fact, I have two others by Ms. French that I will be reading soon and I’m really looking forward to some wonderful reading hours in her world. That said, I will tell you that this story of Rory and Linna was so full of daring adventure, suspense, and passion that the effects of living in that story for a few hours will stay with me for a long time. From an historical Irish “old world” background to an historical “new world” of colonial plantations and native Americans, this is a story of bravery, struggle and enduring love. I heartily recommend Ms. French’s writing!
Great characters &well written !