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Irish Earl [Mass Market Paperback]

Patricia Bray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Kept Going Downhill July 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book started out with five stars. Felicity was an interesting character with her stubborn traits and ability to brush people off. The way that Felicity meets Gerald was unique with the beggar. Gerald's unselfishness is nicely tied throughout the book. The way that Felicity and Gerald became good friends was interesting too as you will read.
In the middle, I had to take the book down another star. I realized at that time there really wasn't going to be a lot of dialogue between the two characters. Felicity's and Gerald's stubborness kept them apart a lot, so much so that they didn't really spend a lot of time together. Their interactions were fun at first but it was like a roller coaster that never stopped.
The ending made me take down the book another star. The other reviewer was right when (s)he said that the conflict wasn't resolved until the very very end. Felicity ended up leaving for a while and Gerald took a long time to go and get her. The last three pages was him going there and saying come back, her revealing her pregnancy, him saying wow, and that was the end. I mean that was the most terrible ending I have ever read. The author really rushed it and the reader was left feeling miffed since endings make the book. Borrow it from the library but don't buy it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a winner... Aug. 29 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy reading regencies that have strong female characters, handsome, manly men, vivid descriptions of characters, clothing, places, etc.. This book had all of these things and yet was disappointment. Why? One literally had to read the entire book until the conflict was resolved on the second or so last page. Lady Felicity wants marriage, had money and handsome Gerald FitzDesmond, the Earl of Kilgarvan, needs money. But Felicity wants a home more than anything and the nature of the marriage contracts create discord between the two. As well as lots of other things. The conflicts between the two never, ever, end. It was exhausting to read. Being strong willed, which both were, does not mean stupid or pig headed. One just wanted to hit each with a frying pan to knock some sense into them. The previous reviewer mentions Felicity takes a hard line to get what she wants, but in this case, the hard line was impossible to cross over. I found this especially annoying in light of the pending child she would bear. Skip this one unless you wish to spend your evening rolling your eyes in frustration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Love o' the Irish March 1 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Patricia Bray turns her sharp eye and sharper wit on Regency Ireland in her latest novel. The rootless Felicity is shopping for a husband with whom to create a home. The Earl of Kilgarvan catches her attention when the impoverished (but hunky!) noble is the only one to give money to a beggar. They soon discover they have much in common, including a pragmatic streak that lets them calmly arrange a marriage that will give them both what they want... Kilgarvan gets Felicity's money, and Felicity gets a home of her own. But Felicity's lawyers have crafted a marriage contract that keeps her money firmly in her control, and Kilgarvan wants to leave Felicity in Dublin with his mother. Their efforts to build an understanding are thwarted at every turn by their steadfast insistance that they know best, and their indomitable pride that prevents them from admitting when they don't.
Set in the "wilds" of Ireland (hoping to convince her to stay in civilized Dublin, Kilgarvan takes Felicity to the estate using the most roundabout route he knows), the beauty and challenge of the countryside comes through clearly. The lifestyle and manner of the people is deftly sketched with telling details, and the Irish are portrayed neither condescendingly nor with sentimental sugar coating.
I enjoyed seeing such a strong female character, especially one who is so convinced of her selfworth that she is willing to take a hard line and stick to it, rather than diminishing herself by caving to societal pressure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ireland Comes Alive Feb. 6 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book immensely. The strong-willed Felicity makes a daring stand for her heart in her marriage of convenience to the Earl of Kilgarvan who is passionate about his people & his land. This passion that initially appeals to Felicity, is the same passion that later creates a wedge in their friendship & love.
Felicity determined to find a place to call home...uses her monies, stubbornness, along with her keen patience, as well as clever twist to the marriage contracts on the impoverished Kilgarvan to make herself a welcome part of his life & his heart. Her attempts to do so eventually emotionally exhaust her to the breaking point. Though the tension between them at times becomes a bit strained, the genuiness of them both shines through to their very souls.
One of the highlights of this book is how Patricia Bray brings the landscapes of Ireland alive. Enjoyable to read. A wonderful exodus from the London scheme of ballgowns & dances. Recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Regency tale Sept. 5 2000
By Ann
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A marriage of convenience is a conventional Regency plot, but the author has made this her own through her vibrant characters and the unique richness of the Irish setting. I enjoyed the clash of wills between Felicity and Gerald, two people who have strong opinions and are unused to bending to suit others.
A nice change from the ordinary. Highly recommended.
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