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Maire Paperback – 2005

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Book 1 of 3 in the Fires of Gleannmara Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Multnomah (2005)
  • ISBN-10: 1590525663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590525661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,483,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Windsor is the author of twenty-nine contemporary and historical novels. Her first sixteen were secular historical romance for Zebra/Kensington Publishing, NY as Linda Windsor and Linda Covington. In 1999, she switched to the inspirational market, once she was assured that Christian characters were not only flawed, but did indeed have hormones. Her late husband used to tease that there was a little of Linda in each of her heroines. Windsor contends he must have been referring to her sense of humor, resourcefulness and stubborness. NOT the figure.

Her inspirational historicals have placed in the secular historical category of some RWA contests and Affaire De Coeur polls. Both her inpirational historicals and romantic comedies, dashed with suspense, have won a few National Reader's Choice Awards, Aspen Golds, Barclay Golds, and numerous other RWA contests as well as the CBA Christy Award for the Irish Celtic RIONA, #2 of the Fires of Gleannmara series.

Windsor resides in a "painfully" restored (as in never do that again!) historic home on the Eastern Shore of MD. She still enjoys singing and playing music (keyboard and guitar) after a ten year stint in an 80's professional band. Today she plays the organ in her church and frequently does special music with guitar at church and for various charities.

Then there are home improvements. She can paper, paint, refinish furniture, and renovate, but... Let's suffice it to say, this Red Hat Lady and AARP member doesn't enjoy them as much as she used to.

Windsor is currently contracted for a three book historical trilogy titled Brides of Alba. HEALER, book one, will hit the shelves this June.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
During the fifth century, the Celtic invaders came from Ireland to raid the Welsh village. Rowan of Emrys is surprised to learn that the raiders come from Gleannmara, his birthplace before being sold into slavery as a child. Rowan persuades his opponent's leader Queen Maire to leave his Christian villagers alone in exchange for tribute and his serving as her hostage.
The Druid priest Brude sees Rowan as someone good for the Irish. He marries Rowan and Maire more out of fear that his evil peer, Morlach, will do something heinous to the Queen and the people. As Maire begins to understand Rowan's courage and belief in the One God, she falls in love with her spouse. However, she wonders if his faith is strong enough to deal with the malevolent Morlach?
MAIRE, the first book in the "Fires of Gleannmara" series is an exciting work of historical fiction that brings to life the Celtic heritage mindful of the great Beowulf. The current story line is exciting and fast-paced, while centering on the conflict between Christianity and Druidism. The lead couple is a charming duo and the support cast fills the Dark Ages with light. Readers will want to read this tale even as they impatiently await the sixth century (RIONA) and seventh century (DEIRDRE) novels.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kaye on September 7, 2001
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Under conviction of God, I gave up "secular romance" novels a few years ago. But I really missed the stories set during the Viking to mideval time period, since most Christian novelists don't write about those times. Maire (pronounced MOY-rah) was such a wonderful surprise, weaving the story of the ancient Celts in with the spread of the Gospel to the Emerald Isle. Linda Windsor's attention to detail, knowledge of the historical era, and wonderful description brought the characters and the time period to life. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical romance.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Woodstuff VINE VOICE on May 31, 2004
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Wonderful tale of the religion of the "One True God" and its early development in Ireland. As I read this book I found myself longing to be a part of the faithful people of Erin when Christianity was taking hold of its people. These people were so devout in their religion, it made me realize how much we have back slided with Christianity.
Maire is engaging. She is an empowered woman seeking what is best for her people even if it means marrying a Christian hostage from another land. Witness the sparks of faith in Maire and the people of Gleannmara as she falls in love with Rowan and his God. You will not be able to put it down.
I can not wait to read the next book in the series.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2000
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[This review, by Sinead Fox, originally appeared on [...]
More contemporary Christian than Irish, more romance novel than historical novel, Linda Windsor's new book, Maire, may face a challenge in finding an audience. I fear that this work, the first in a series entitled "The Fires of Gleannmara," will be marketed to those having an interest in Irish culture or history, and this audience may not receive it warmly. The novel begins with "A forward, as 'twere, from Erin's heart . . ."
"Gleannmara. Ah, the sound of it warms me to me earthly core. 'Tis one of me favorite spots, nestled as it is between me mist-shrouded Wicklows and the Irish Sea. The Romans, you see, once dubbed me island Scotia and me people Scots, which is why some of me children took that name to Scotland later on...."
It goes on like this, as "the Emerald Isle of Ireland-Erin, for short" gives the reader a brief history of Ireland's people from the very beginning to the rise of Christianity.
The novel then begins the story of Rowan of Emerys, a Romanized Welshman with a past, and Maire, a Celtic warrior-queen with a future. They meet on the field of battle, then fall into a marriage of convenience that blossoms into a love match. He is a mature, battle-hardened soldier who now longs for life of Christian spirituality, she is a fiery pagan beauty desperate to prove herself capable of saving her people from the druid Morlach. The contrasts between the two--Rowan's age, strength, wisdom versus Maire's youth, vulnerability, and inexperience--is the stuff of countless romance stories. Windsor's novel, however, is set apart from other romance novels by two things: its unsparing Irishness and its unapologetically Christian orientation.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marilynn Griffith on April 24, 2004
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Awesome! Who can swashbuckling warrior queen and her tortured warrior-turned-priest hostage husband all flung against the backdrop of Scotland's isle? Not me. I fell for this couple instantly. She's my kind of girl--stuck halfway between her breastplate and her role as a bride. Instead of a broom for her part of the hearth and home at the wedding, eighteen-year-old upstart Maire, whose been training for her role as queen for the last nine years with two foster brothers, throws down her sword on top of her husbands.
The spiritual thread here is well woven and very authentic, describing the often overlooked struggles and questions of God's character and how He relates to us. I know Mrs. Windsor is writing more contemporaries now, but she definitely hit her groove on this one. This was an awesome read.
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