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.
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.
A nice change from the ordinary. Highly recommended.
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.