Great story. Loved every word.
Uncle Shamus has arranged a marriage for Hope that fits her ancestry to the high king of Ireland. However, the adventurous Hope prefers love and is willing to risk traveling the countryside for it. Knowing she needs a disguise for herself and her easily identifiable dog Lady Gweneth, Hope masquerades as a lad and alters her canine's appearance just enough to not be readily recognized. She vanishes in a personal quest to find adventure and perhaps her soul mate.
Eric "Irish Devil" of Shanekill, who is staying near his beloved but pregnant wife, sends Colin to lead the men in search of the missing Hope. So far they have failed. However, a hungry dog smells the cooking food and rushes into the camp followed by an emaciated lad, Harold. Shane takes the youngster and his canine with them as they trek home in failure, not realizing that he has found the missing lass. Hope realizes that Colin is her true love, but has little hope that a young male like her will persuade the handsome man they belong together before they reach the point of no return: Shanekill.
IRISH HOPE, the latest "Irish Eyes" novel (fifth in the series and second by Donna Fletcher - see IRISH DEVIL), is a warm adventurous medieval romance. The story line is entertaining as readers follow the adventures of Hope as a preadolescent male struggling with freedom and independence and her growing love for Colin. Although a twist involving Eric and his wife seems unnecessary except for padding, the tale is fun to read and holds up with its predecessors.
I really enjoyed Donna Fletcher's THE IRISH DEVIL when I read it years ago, but IRISH HOPE was ruined by a pretty silly premise: Colin spends half the book believing Hope is a boy, so I could feel ZERO chemistry between them thereafter. I mean, seriously??
The sex scenes - when they finally came - were overdone. The conflict too contrived. Hope had these ridiculous spurts of pouting anger because she didn't believe Colin LOVED her. The reader is beaten over the head with this faux conflict as if we don't know it's a bunch of page-wasting nonsense.
Sorry, this storyline just wasn't too intelligent. C-/D
IT's a little bent
at the top of the coner of the cover.