Continuing the Skye OMalley Legacy, BESIEGED follows the adventures of Lady Fortune Lindley as she returns to the land of the OMalleys.
Lady Jasmine, her husband James Leslie, and Lady Fortune arrive in Ulster where Jasmine hopes to find a suitable husband for Fortune. Aside from this, Fortune is due to inherit Maguires Ford, an estate where Protestants and Catholics peacefully live togetherif she marries a Protestant.
William Devers seems a likely candidate for a husband. But his mothers overpowering prejudice against Catholics and her schemes to expel them from Maguires Ford cause Fortune to pause before making the wedding arrangements.
Then Fortune meets Williams brother Kieran, whos been disinherited because he is a devout Catholic. William may be the logical choice for a husband, but Kieran is the one who arouses her passion. Will William stand in the way?
With the plot centering on the historical basis for the Irish Problem, the animosity between Protestants and Catholics, Ms. Small brings a new dimension to a world problem. Only someone of Ms. Smalls caliber could create such a marvelous sensual read and make history relevant. BESIEGED does just what the very best of historical romance should do: educate, stimulate and arouse. SENSUAL (Mar., 333 pp.)
This was not as good as other Small books. I was somewhat disappointed with the predictable plot and bog down of details in scenery.
Although not one of her best I enjoyed this book. Having read the entire series the characters feel like old friends. it is always fun to connect with friends after years have passed....a reunion of sorts. As a geneology buff, who loves living in NE for its history, I learned a great deal from this book about the way life might have been for many of my ancestors who came from this part of the world, and were the foundation of this great country we enjoy today.