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.
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.
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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Five Star Pick of the week
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!