by Ana Seymour

December 2002
ISBN: 0-515-13415-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lily is an unmarried mother to Daphne. They live alone in a cottage deep in the woods not far from where John Black goes to stay with friends. And an attraction grows between this unlikely pairing.

I enjoy seeing couples that seemed ill-matched working through their problems to bring them closer. John and Lily are very ill matched. While Lily is the type of heroine who is fiercely protective, John is a jaded soldier.

Ana Seymour is a very talented author. The setting in Ireland in 1576 is a time of political troubles that she expertly weaves through the story. The pace is excellent and the plot is centred around the couple but the political situation looms in the background and adds so much to the tension of the story. Dramatic as it is, the secondary characters, which include Niall and Catriona Riordan and their toddler sons, add delight to the story.

Lily is a wonderfully strong woman and the author shows the extreme difficulties faced by a woman having to bring up a child out of wedlock in these times. Though Lily comes from a titled family they are no help to her. She has to live with the shame that they inflict upon her. Ana Seymour obviously did a lot of research to get the setting and the difficulties that would face Lily and her daughter just right.

The story is excellent and kept me entertained from beginning to end. I can well recommend it as book to add to your collection.

Reviewed in January 2003 by Mary.

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