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Conor's Way [Mass Market Paperback]

Laura Lee Guhrke
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Feb. 22 1996
Determined to save her post-Civil War plantation, stubborn Olivia Maitland reluctantly enlists the help of ex-boxer Conor Branigan, whose bitterness over the destruction of his Irish home has made him swear to remain independent forever.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is multifaceted. It's very difficult to be concise about the plot because it deals with 2 major historical tragedies....the irish rebellion in the 1840's and the american civil war in the 1860's. Our hero, connor, is a product of Ireland and suffers deeply from the trauma of that conflict still going on to some extent in northern ireland at the time this book was written. Olivia, is dealing with post civil war
life and the evil of carpetbaggers laid on top of the trauma of the war itself. These are 2 very deep and emotional eras. While Connor is doing the boxing circuit in america trying to outrun his nightmares, olivia has adopted her best friends 3 orphaned daughters and is trying to save her run down plantation without money and without any help. Enter Connor who having won a fight that he was told to lose is beat up and left to die on the road to olivia's peachtree plantation. She finds him and nurses him back to health against her better judgment....dealing with his nightmares, his swearing and his tormented soul. The 3 girls are absolute joys. They add so much to the story as only life seen through the eyes of children can do. How their innocence wraps around connor's heart is so real you can feel it.I would not say this book is about saving peachtree plantation. This book is about that special something in people that makes them get up and keep trying when life is unbearable. And about how 2 very different people can help each other heal. It is the evolution from hatred and misery to finding hope, love and peace. I didn't rate this book a 5, although for the research alone guhrke should get a 6* rating because I don't like books that use flashbacks. I find it too distracting. It works in this story but it just isn't my thing. Incredible job, LG. Looking forward to other books by you.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Sept. 16 2005
By Shannon Curry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Conor's Way is a wonderful read. It's a romance novel, but it is also the

story of a man coming to terms with his own past and learning to look beyond it.

After refusing to go down deliberately in a fight, prizefighter Conor Brannigan is

beaten severely and left in the middle of the road, where stubborn, proud Olivia

Maitland rescues hyim and takes him in, nursing him back to health. During that time,

Conor finds his soul being healed by Olivia and her three adopted daughters, and

Conor learns, too, of Olivia's own pain.

This book really worked for me. Tyhe characters don't get into stupid fights. They

talk to each other, and their misunderstandings are genuine.

The author also draws her other characters well, and makes the small Louisiana town

where the story is set come alive for me.

Very highly recommended!
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable..... June 27 2010
By Krista Lyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my favorite kind of love story. It's the story of a tortured man who's lost his belief in love, a woman who's fighting to save her family, and a turbulent time in history. It is about the making a of family, the making of a couple, and the redemption of a man. It was a truly remarkable book.

Set after the Civil War, this book tells the story of a woman trying to hold onto her land from opportunistic carpetbaggers while raising 3 adopted daughters. She comes across a wounded man on the road and takes him home to nurse him back to health.

Conor Branigan is an immigrant from Ireland. He has survived watching his family starve to death, horrific torture in prison, and innumerable other atrocities. He is afraid of love and commitment, choosing traveling the circuit as a boxer in order to survive. Gradually his body begins to heal, but it's the healing of his heart that is the true magic of this book.

This book won the prestigious RITA award. It was well deserved. The writing in this book is amazing. The author uses the technique of flashbacks to help us understand Conor and his behavior. I loved the pacing and felt the author did an incredible job at switching between past and present. I usually prefer books without children, but the children in this book were absolutely necessary for the healing that Conor needed to experience. They were a delight and excellent secondary characters who added depth to the story line.

I recommend this book with no hesitation other than it's out of print, hard to find, and expensive to buy. If you can find it....it's definitely a keeper!
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A most unusual story line. Extremely well written. Feb. 5 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is multifaceted. It's very difficult to be concise about the plot because it deals with 2 major historical tragedies....the irish rebellion in the 1840's and the american civil war in the 1860's. Our hero, connor, is a product of Ireland and suffers deeply from the trauma of that conflict still going on to some extent in northern ireland at the time this book was written. Olivia, is dealing with post civil war
life and the evil of carpetbaggers laid on top of the trauma of the war itself. These are 2 very deep and emotional eras. While Connor is doing the boxing circuit in america trying to outrun his nightmares, olivia has adopted her best friends 3 orphaned daughters and is trying to save her run down plantation without money and without any help. Enter Connor who having won a fight that he was told to lose is beat up and left to die on the road to olivia's peachtree plantation. She finds him and nurses him back to health against her better judgment....dealing with his nightmares, his swearing and his tormented soul. The 3 girls are absolute joys. They add so much to the story as only life seen through the eyes of children can do. How their innocence wraps around connor's heart is so real you can feel it.I would not say this book is about saving peachtree plantation. This book is about that special something in people that makes them get up and keep trying when life is unbearable. And about how 2 very different people can help each other heal. It is the evolution from hatred and misery to finding hope, love and peace. I didn't rate this book a 5, although for the research alone guhrke should get a 6* rating because I don't like books that use flashbacks. I find it too distracting. It works in this story but it just isn't my thing. Incredible job, LG. Looking forward to other books by you.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad story, but.... Oct. 11 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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When I finished this book I felt kind of disappointed. It is a good story that is drawn out in several places.

Conor is his own man, yet he continually appears a bit wishy washy...'I am going to leave--No, I am going to stay--I will stay till peach harvest is done then I will leave.' When this back & forth thinking started, I started skimming the pages to get past it.

I felt that the story was lacking in passion between Conor and Olivia. The two bedroom scenes were short and just not too exciting in my opinion.

As I stated above, the story is there and is good, but a bit dry and drawn out at times. I wish there had been more emotion/passion between the characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written Sept. 17 2011
By Mo - Published on Amazon.com
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I am usually very wary and skeptical about reading "Irish" characters in novels - sometimes we are portrayed like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Far and Away with dreadful Irish accents and sayings (Hollywood portrayal of the Irish like leprechauns in Darby O'Gill and the Little People - cringeworthy) and the fact that this book was only 99 cents had me between two minds whether to buy it or not - but I did and I am very glad I did. The story is very well written and like another reviewer said, I am not a big fan of flashback stories either but we had to have these in order to understand Conor. The history was very well researched and brought back to me my history lessons during my school years. Made me want to revisit the history books again and catch up on bits I had forgotten. Yes, Conor uses bad language but I think most Irish people do - I know it comes automatically to me sometimes whether I like it or not. My only gripe was that some of the Gaelic/Gaeilge was incorrect - wrong accents on letters etc. but that is only because I know the language - could have been a problem scanning the book for KINDLE or something like that - apart from that I would highly recommend this book even if you want to find about a bit of Irish history also. She had all the Irish expressions correct, even the "cup of tay" (think I will have one now actually) Must check out some more of this author's work.
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