The Barefoot Queen

Highland Press Publishing

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Word Count: 89,302
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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures


Following in the footsteps of her pirate great-grandmother, Grace O'Malley takes matters into her own hands, risking her loveher life.


Owen O'Donnell views the 'Deer Stalker' as a Robin Hood to the starving villagers. Only, Lord Rushmount has vowed to stop the poacher one way or another. As suspicions grow, Owen fears he won't be able to keep Grace from harm's way.


Grace knows the perils facing them all, but cannot pull back in this most dangerous gamemaddening one manthrilling another.


The Barefoot Queen
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The Barefoot Queen

Highland Press Publishing

Heat Rating: Sensual
Word Count: 89,302
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BOOK BEAT, Naples Sun Times

Jean Harrington has done a fine job of bringing knotty historical issues down to the flesh and blood lives of individuals. And with Grace O'Malley, a young woman whose adventures often find her lifting her skirts to her knees or getting them tangled in her legs or washing away the blood of butchered deer, she has devised a vital spirit ready to challenge any influential young actress prepared to buy the film rights.

Philip K. Jason, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy.  A poet, critic, and free-lance writer with twenty books to his credit, this "Dr. Phil" chairs the annual Naples Writers' Conference presented by the Naples Press Club.


Merrimon Book Review, February 2008.

Owen O'Donnell is a great hero -- disabled by an accident yet strong and sexy, a wounded soul yet defiant and smart. In Grace's character, like others, Jean Harrington fills in the shades of grey, not presenting the reader with a black and white character but a fallible heroine. Lord Rushmount is a villain -- a man easy to hate for his brutality. The author did a great job at showing how evil and self-centered the passions are that inflame his heart. If you want a light romance, this is not the one to read. There are sad and devastating events here, and yet

 Jean Harrington provides a magnificent catharsis, one that reaches across time, place and perhaps even generations. The Barefoot Queen has an exquisite spiritual and historical happily ever after ending, a romance of daring hearts and a beautiful ending born out of the pain and hardship but one full of future hope.



I absolutely could not put this book down! It's been ages since a book made me laugh, cry, and run through the entire gamut of emotions. I rooted for the heroine, cursed at the evil deeds of the English lord, and gasped with shock when the unthinkable happened. The author did an absolutely spectacular job of bringing 1665 Ireland alive with vivid descriptions and a historically accurate portrayal of class divisions. I will warn you, however, that the story was quite graphic in a few areas. This only added to its believability because tenant farming in the 1600s was basically indentured servitude. This definitely earns a place on my keeper shelf!

Best of all there will be a sequel to this book in 2008 with "In the Lion's Mouth." I can hardly wait for Grace's newest adventure!


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Ms. Harrington's The BAREFOOT QUEEN is a superb historical with a lushly painted setting.  I adored Grace for her courage and the cleverness with which she sets out to make Owen see her love for him. The bond between Grace and Owen is tenderly portrayed and their love had me rooting for them right up until the last page. Ms. Harrington's THE BAREFOOT QUEEN is a treasure in the historical romance genre you'll want to read for yourself!





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An Impossible Love
 As if from a far country Grace heard a voice murmuring to her, calling her beloved, using all the love words she'd ever dreamed of hearing. She wanted nothing, not even the opening of her eyes, to interfere with that voice so deep and anguished and filled with longing. She lay motionless in Owen's arms
letting his love enter her soul.
His fingers touched her hair, his hand trembling as he stroked it back from her face. Could this man of iron fear she was badly hurt, dying mayhap? In truth she'd never felt
so alive.
This couldn't continue. She opened her eyes right into Owen's dark gaze. "You love me."
As if she were a hot coal, he dropped her from his grasp. "You're awake," he said and scowled. "For how long?"
 "Long enough." She grinned up at him.
"You're fully recovered, I see. I'm a fool of a man."
"That is true," she said, the smile never leaving her.
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