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Conor's Way [Kindle Edition]

Laura Lee Guhrke
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Olivia Maitland needs a man. Determined to hang onto her family’s Louisiana farm no matter what, Olivia knows she needs a big, strong man to help her, a man who’s not afraid of hard work. But in the aftermath of the Civil War, men like that are hard to come by, and when she finds ex-boxer Conor Branigan lying unconscious in the road, Olivia takes him in, even though the hard, brawling Irishman isn’t exactly what she had in mind, especially when he ignites a passion in her she’s never felt before.
Conor knows what it’s like to pour all your hopes, dreams, and sweat into a piece of land only to have it come to nothing. He’d already seen his family destroyed and their lands taken during the Irish famine when he was a boy, and he has no intention of sticking around long enough to watch a corrupt man with power do the same thing to Olivia. But she and her three adopted daughters touch dreams in Conor he thought he’d forgotten long ago. Can he let go of the bitterness of his past and make a new future with Olivia? Can he believe in love again, or is it just too late for his cynical heart?

Product Details

  • File Size: 822 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Laura Lee Guhrke (August 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! September 16, 2005
Conor's Way is a wonderful read. It's a romance novel, but it is also the

story of a man coming to terms with his own past and learning to look beyond it.

After refusing to go down deliberately in a fight, prizefighter Conor Brannigan is

beaten severely and left in the middle of the road, where stubborn, proud Olivia

Maitland rescues hyim and takes him in, nursing him back to health. During that time,

Conor finds his soul being healed by Olivia and her three adopted daughters, and

Conor learns, too, of Olivia's own pain.

This book really worked for me. Tyhe characters don't get into stupid fights. They

talk to each other, and their misunderstandings are genuine.

The author also draws her other characters well, and makes the small Louisiana town

where the story is set come alive for me.

Very highly recommended!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable..... June 27, 2010
This is my favorite kind of love story. It's the story of a tortured man who's lost his belief in love, a woman who's fighting to save her family, and a turbulent time in history. It is about the making a of family, the making of a couple, and the redemption of a man. It was a truly remarkable book.

Set after the Civil War, this book tells the story of a woman trying to hold onto her land from opportunistic carpetbaggers while raising 3 adopted daughters. She comes across a wounded man on the road and takes him home to nurse him back to health.

Conor Branigan is an immigrant from Ireland. He has survived watching his family starve to death, horrific torture in prison, and innumerable other atrocities. He is afraid of love and commitment, choosing traveling the circuit as a boxer in order to survive. Gradually his body begins to heal, but it's the healing of his heart that is the true magic of this book.

This book won the prestigious RITA award. It was well deserved. The writing in this book is amazing. The author uses the technique of flashbacks to help us understand Conor and his behavior. I loved the pacing and felt the author did an incredible job at switching between past and present. I usually prefer books without children, but the children in this book were absolutely necessary for the healing that Conor needed to experience. They were a delight and excellent secondary characters who added depth to the story line.

I recommend this book with no hesitation other than it's out of print, hard to find, and expensive to buy. If you can find's definitely a keeper!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A most unusual story line. Extremely well written. February 5, 2004
By A Customer
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This book is multifaceted. It's very difficult to be concise about the plot because it deals with 2 major historical tragedies....the irish rebellion in the 1840's and the american civil war in the 1860's. Our hero, connor, is a product of Ireland and suffers deeply from the trauma of that conflict still going on to some extent in northern ireland at the time this book was written. Olivia, is dealing with post civil war
life and the evil of carpetbaggers laid on top of the trauma of the war itself. These are 2 very deep and emotional eras. While Connor is doing the boxing circuit in america trying to outrun his nightmares, olivia has adopted her best friends 3 orphaned daughters and is trying to save her run down plantation without money and without any help. Enter Connor who having won a fight that he was told to lose is beat up and left to die on the road to olivia's peachtree plantation. She finds him and nurses him back to health against her better judgment....dealing with his nightmares, his swearing and his tormented soul. The 3 girls are absolute joys. They add so much to the story as only life seen through the eyes of children can do. How their innocence wraps around connor's heart is so real you can feel it.I would not say this book is about saving peachtree plantation. This book is about that special something in people that makes them get up and keep trying when life is unbearable. And about how 2 very different people can help each other heal. It is the evolution from hatred and misery to finding hope, love and peace. I didn't rate this book a 5, although for the research alone guhrke should get a 6* rating because I don't like books that use flashbacks. I find it too distracting. It works in this story but it just isn't my thing. Incredible job, LG. Looking forward to other books by you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad story, but.... October 11, 2011
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When I finished this book I felt kind of disappointed. It is a good story that is drawn out in several places.

Conor is his own man, yet he continually appears a bit wishy washy...'I am going to leave--No, I am going to stay--I will stay till peach harvest is done then I will leave.' When this back & forth thinking started, I started skimming the pages to get past it.

I felt that the story was lacking in passion between Conor and Olivia. The two bedroom scenes were short and just not too exciting in my opinion.

As I stated above, the story is there and is good, but a bit dry and drawn out at times. I wish there had been more emotion/passion between the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written September 17, 2011
By Mo
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I am usually very wary and skeptical about reading "Irish" characters in novels - sometimes we are portrayed like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Far and Away with dreadful Irish accents and sayings (Hollywood portrayal of the Irish like leprechauns in Darby O'Gill and the Little People - cringeworthy) and the fact that this book was only 99 cents had me between two minds whether to buy it or not - but I did and I am very glad I did. The story is very well written and like another reviewer said, I am not a big fan of flashback stories either but we had to have these in order to understand Conor. The history was very well researched and brought back to me my history lessons during my school years. Made me want to revisit the history books again and catch up on bits I had forgotten. Yes, Conor uses bad language but I think most Irish people do - I know it comes automatically to me sometimes whether I like it or not. My only gripe was that some of the Gaelic/Gaeilge was incorrect - wrong accents on letters etc. but that is only because I know the language - could have been a problem scanning the book for KINDLE or something like that - apart from that I would highly recommend this book even if you want to find about a bit of Irish history also. She had all the Irish expressions correct, even the "cup of tay" (think I will have one now actually) Must check out some more of this author's work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but a Bit Predictable
This is a book that took me forever to finish, because it lost my interest several times. When it had my interest, I read in great chunks, and then, it lost me, and I'd leave it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Glitter Spirit
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good storyline, well developed characters, a bit on the dramatic side for me when it comes to the Hero's emotions, but still all in all a good book.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story, complex characters
This was a great read. The characters were human and flawed. It was beautiful to watch them slowly make their way to each other. Not a fairy tale, but a plausible love story.
Published 12 months ago by cynsterfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance with Dark Moments
CONOR'S WAY is like a chocolate caramel candy bar. It is rich, gooey and messy at times. And like good chocolate, it can be addictive. Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. B. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
I am one of those who "judge books by their covers" (sorry, can't help it). Though I like romance, I don't like sexy picture on the cover. Read more
Published 16 months ago by FavAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally explosive
This book was so highly emotional I just couldn't put it down. The hero was not only scarred on the outside he had some very deep scars on the inside. Read more
Published 23 months ago by tjarch
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok read
Conor,s way was ok, but not eligible for a favorites list. I did like the Irish background included. It was certainly a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
Published on March 22, 2013 by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was one of the best romance books I have read in a long time. I cried at the end.
Published on November 10, 2012 by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Story and Characters
I was pleasantly surprised because I would not have bought this book after reading the description- not enough about what type of conflict was involved-but I read the sample... Read more
Published on July 1, 2012 by Cris Q
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Pretty good story. Held my attention. Olivia is a bit stiff and starchy. Conor is the opposite. Both had some painful baggage, Conor moreso than Olivia. Read more
Published on June 13, 2012 by Irisrose
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More About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. The author of many historical romances, Laura has received many literary awards, including romance fiction's highest honor, the Rita Award. When she's not writing, Laura spends her time skiing down the slopes and wakeboarding across the lakes of her beautiful home state of Idaho. She loves hearing from readers, and you may write to her by visiting her website:

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