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A Woman of Courage (Honour, Love, and Courage Series) by [Kelly, Marlow]
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When an injured Fianna Byrne turns up at Connell O’Neill’s gate twelve years after their separation he knows this could be his last chance to find happiness with the woman he loves.

False accusations against Fianna had strained relations between their clans and forced Connell, under Irish law, to divorce her. Their disastrous three-month relationship left Fianna pregnant and heartbroken. She has avoided Duncarraig and her ex-husband ever since.

But with her home obliterated by the Vikings, Fianna must face her past in order to save her son, and prove once and for all she is a woman of courage.

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  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (Nov. 13 2015)
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Fianna Byrne is the leader of Clan Byrne in Ireland. Tragedy has struck her clan and she goes to the last place she ever thought she would go, to her ex-husband's clan to warn them about the attack by the Vikings in order to protect her son, Lorcan.

Connell O'Neill has never gotten over Fianna and takes her injuries as an excuse to get close to her once again, knowing no one has ever taken her place. Yet Fianna remembers being rejected and humiliated bu Connell and is very leery to trust him again, no matter what her feelings are.

Connell knows his clan will never trust Fianna due to rumors his father spread but when she risks it all will it be enough?

I really enjoyed this book and the look into the differences that Ireland had compared to most of the other countries around them with marriage and divorce. I loved the undying attraction between Fianna and Connell and the strength that Fianna had. She was obviously a very strong woman who took her responsibilities to heart. I also really liked Connell, especially once you realize why he did what he did to Fianna.

This was a great book and I look forward to more by the author!
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By BevW TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2015
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I was very pleased to be asked once again to read and review an advanced copy of one of the books in the Honour, Love & Courage series by Marlow Kelly. The opinions expressed are completely my own.

Each of the novella’s in this series is a stand-alone read and they are only connected in that they describe the stories of strong woman. The third and final novella, A Woman of Courage, is set in Ireland in the year 810 AD. The cover of the book is the best cover yet of this series and as soon as I saw it I wanted to get started on reading the novella. The female pictured on the cover looks positively fierce!

Kelly began this novella by giving the reader some background information about early Irish history, culture , Celtic Christianity and the roles that women might play. She included information on marriage and divorce in that time period and having this information upfront made the context of the story easier to grasp.

Fianne Byrne, the woman of courage was a leader of her clan. She had been married, had given birth to a son and then was divorced by her husband who later took charge of raising their son. As the story begins, Fianna has survived an attack on her clan by Vikings, and as one of very few survivors, has managed , despite her wounds, to make it to the gates of her ex-husbands fort. She has no idea how she will be received and whether help will be forthcoming for the other survivors of her clan.

Connell O’Neill, the King of the O’Neill clan, has always regretted letting his wife go. He chose to divorce her because he thought it best for her safety, but she was completely unaware of his reasoning. Little did she know (or any of the members of his clan) that he was still in love with her.
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HASH(0xa46541c8) out of 5 stars Filled With Emotion And Detail! Nov. 13 2015
By Jenerated Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Marlow Kelly spans the centuries portraying extraordinary woman in her Honor, Love and Courage series. Comprised of three novellas A Woman of Courage is the final installment in this series. Each work is a gem and personifies the traits of her series’ titles. A Woman of Courage is set in medieval Ireland and takes its heroine on a treacherous journey to recover her clan after a devastating attack. Reaching out to her former husband, the leader of a neighboring clan, for help past misunderstandings and decisions come to light and are dealt with in this well designed story. Filled with emotion and detail Ms. Kelly does an amazing job of presenting the satisfaction of reading a full novel in the space of a novella. If you are looking for a fast and meaningful read this author fits the bill and hopefully more work will be on the horizon from her soon!
*I received the ARC for this novella from the author.*
HASH(0xa41f4e40) out of 5 stars Loved the authenticity in this historic romance April 18 2016
By Katie O'Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Historical romance isn't my usual genre, but this one is set in an interesting time period, in the clans of ninth century Ireland battling Viking invaders. And as the title suggests, it features a strong female lead. A kickass 9th century heroine, if you will. Gotta love it!

Because of the unusual time setting, the author includes a brief forward to set the stage, showing that she did her research and strives for authenticity. According to Kelly, "Although Ireland was a male-dominated society, women were allowed greater freedom, independence and property rights than other European societies of the time."

Against this backdrop we meet Fianna Byrne, the queen of her clan and former wife to neighboring king, Connell O'Neill. They have a son together, who is being fostered elsewhere as was the custom. When Fianna's village is attacked and devastated by Viking raiders, she fights until left for dead. Upon waking, her first thought is of her son, and the need to warn neighboring clans of the invaders. Despite the ill feelings between her and Connell, he is the father of her child and deserves the chance her village never got.

Connell O'Neill has complicated feelings for his ex-wife, despite asking for the divorce and spreading nasty lies about her character. His main problem being that he never stopped loving her.

Told in alternating points of view, the reader can sympathize with both sides of their complicated relationship, and the fact that there are two separate clans now depending on this couple to figure out a path to survival for them all. The author adds in lots of little historic details which drew me into the story, as well as keeping the action moving forward at a fast clip. The story is a long novella in length, which I read in one sitting and enjoyed immensely.

If you like authenticity in your historic romance, and maybe something a little different than a Victorian or Edwardian setting, I can whole heartedly recommend A Woman of Courage by Marlow Kelly. 5 stars for sure!
HASH(0xa41b3534) out of 5 stars Another great novella from Marlow Kelly Nov. 13 2015
By BevW - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was very pleased to be asked once again to read and review an advanced copy of one of the books in the Honour, Love & Courage series by Marlow Kelly. The opinions expressed are completely my own.

Each of the novella’s in this series is a stand-alone read and they are only connected in that they describe the stories of strong woman. The third and final novella, A Woman of Courage, is set in Ireland in the year 810 AD. The cover of the book is the best cover yet of this series and as soon as I saw it I wanted to get started on reading the novella. The female pictured on the cover looks positively fierce!

Kelly began this novella by giving the reader some background information about early Irish history, culture , Celtic Christianity and the roles that women might play. She included information on marriage and divorce in that time period and having this information upfront made the context of the story easier to grasp.

Fianne Byrne, the woman of courage was a leader of her clan. She had been married, had given birth to a son and then was divorced by her husband who later took charge of raising their son. As the story begins, Fianna has survived an attack on her clan by Vikings, and as one of very few survivors, has managed , despite her wounds, to make it to the gates of her ex-husbands fort. She has no idea how she will be received and whether help will be forthcoming for the other survivors of her clan.

Connell O’Neill, the King of the O’Neill clan, has always regretted letting his wife go. He chose to divorce her because he thought it best for her safety, but she was completely unaware of his reasoning. Little did she know (or any of the members of his clan) that he was still in love with her. Her arrival gives him a second chance, but he has to persuade her and also the other members of his own clan. Fianna has always believed that her “lust” for her husband turned her into a woman unworthy of being his wife.

Their marriage had been twelve years earlier and had lasted only three months. Connell is only 31 as the story begins. Fianna has come to him, not just to seek help for her people, but also out of fear that the Vikings will attack here next and perhaps kill her son. This is actually a non-issue as he has been sent elsewhere for awhile. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for her to give up her son born after the divorce. Regardless, she wants to warn his people of what may come so they can be prepared and then she wants to go back and take care of any survivors, helping them to find food and shelter.

For both characters, this event has allowed them to start over, but trust needs to be regained before they can move forward emotionally. Connell does his best tot ake care of her physical wounds and hunger, but at the first opportunity, Fianna is off and away with one of Connell’s horses, trying to get back to her people. Connell is soon off after her with five of his men and his horrified at the damage he sees at her fort Rathtrean.

I have to say that I loved the physical descriptions of where they both lived. I have visited Ireland and seen some of the remains of ring forts and it was fascinating to read a story set in one of them. The descriptions of the battle are horrifying as is the thought that young children were taken as slaves. As she tells Connell what happened as best she can remember it, they begin to connect once again. He believes her and is impressed with how some of her people managed to survive. Together with the survivors, they had back to Duncarraig, home of the O’Neills. It isn’t long before Fianna and Connell connect on the physical level once again. This didn’t seem unreasonable given that at times of trauma connecting through sexual interaction can be life affirming, but sex without love can also affect self-esteem and past history between these two leaves Fianna feeling insecure and ready to run once again.

I don’t want to spoil the ending for readers so suffice it to say, Fianna has a chance to prove herself and her strength and courage. Connell has an opportunity to explain his past actions and seek forgiveness. The story has a happy ending.

I still believe that Marlow Kelly needs to write full-length novels. Although I really enjoyed this story, I would have loved to have more and to learn more about other characters in the story, including their son.

This was a quick read, with very few typographical errors and easily matches up to the other two novella’s in the series. I definitely recommend it.
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HASH(0xa41c251c) out of 5 stars really well written, easy read. Dec 13 2015
By MRS M D ATTENBOROUGH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book.

Fianna loved her husband, she really did but Connell listened to his father and after three months, Fianna was an outcast. 12 years later, Fianna needs Connell's help, to save the ragtag band of her people who survived the Viking attack. Connell, being king of his Clan, has to put the Clan first. But he never forgave himself for listening to his father's hatred of Fianna. When she turns up at his door, he knows he won't be able to let her go again.

You know, sometimes, you just need a book to READ? You don't need to concentrate on complicated plotlines or characters? You don't need to have read previous books in a series? You can just lose yourself in the story??

This book, right here. Its only short, in both length and time span covered, an hour reading time and 24 hours in the book. Its not explicit, but there is heat and passion. Its not overly graphic but there is a battle with the Viking raiders.

Its told from both main characters POV in the third person.

It really is a delightful little tale of second chances and listening to your heart.

I have read the other two books in this series, but they are all standalones. The only common theme is the strength of the female lead.

My only criticism, but it doesn't affect my reading or review, is that I wished they were longer. I'd like to read a more in depth, longer book by this author but I can only find these three.

Still, a quick easy read that is well written.

4 stars

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble**
HASH(0xa5c29f78) out of 5 stars A strong heroine! Nov. 13 2015
By Rebecca A - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Fianna Byrne is the leader of Clan Byrne in Ireland. Tragedy has struck her clan and she goes to the last place she ever thought she would go, to her ex-husband's clan to warn them about the attack by the Vikings in order to protect her son, Lorcan.

Connell O'Neill has never gotten over Fianna and takes her injuries as an excuse to get close to her once again, knowing no one has ever taken her place. Yet Fianna remembers being rejected and humiliated bu Connell and is very leery to trust him again, no matter what her feelings are.

Connell knows his clan will never trust Fianna due to rumors his father spread but when she risks it all will it be enough?

I really enjoyed this book and the look into the differences that Ireland had compared to most of the other countries around them with marriage and divorce. I loved the undying attraction between Fianna and Connell and the strength that Fianna had. She was obviously a very strong woman who took her responsibilities to heart. I also really liked Connell, especially once you realize why he did what he did to Fianna.

This was a great book and I look forward to more by the author!