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In Name Only (O'Donovan Family, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ellen Gable
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Book Description

Caroline Martin's life has finally taken a turn for the better. After years of hard work, she has met a virtuous and wealthy man whose love seems to promise the kind of life realized only within the comforting novels she keeps on her night table. Tragedy, however, will teach Caroline of the complexity with which God Himself authors the lives of those who turn towards Him. Gold Medal Winner in Religious Fiction, 2010 IPPY Awards.
 
Note: The author is currently working on a sequel to "In Name Only" entitled "A Subtle Grace," which continues the story of the O'Donovan Family.  It will be released in March, 2014.


Reviews:

"If you love romance but hate smut, pick up this beautiful story and let it carry you away. The characters are believable, layered, human and humorous even in the midst of tragedy. The reader never loses hope and is rewarded on every page with little gems of character behavior, dialogue, plot twists and romantic intrigue. I was so very sorry when it ended!"
Lisa Mladinich, writer, novelist

"All in all, a pleasant summer read...I enjoyed it, and I'll be passing it around to the fellow readers in my life.."
Sarah Reinhard, author

" ...conveys the beautiful Catholic teachings on conjugal love, and shares both a pro-life story and a conversion story."
Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire

"There are so many things I love about this book. The book is a very enjoyable read, neither predictable nor formulaic."
Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller

"Searching for a page-turning historical Catholic novel? 'In Name Only' by Ellen Gable is one book you won't want to put down until you finally reach its satisfying conclusion."
Anne Faye, author, "Through the Open Window"


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ellen Gable lives with her husband and their five children in Pakenham, Ontario Canada. In Name Only is her second novel and recently won the Gold Medal (First Place) in Religious Fiction in the 2010 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1471 KB
  • Print Length: 414 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Publishing; First Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHOCQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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120 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance for Men? November 15, 2010
Format:Paperback
There aren't too many historical romance novels that appeal equally to men and women, but Ellen Gable pulls it off admirably with IN NAME ONLY. My wife read the novel first--and kept telling me "You HAVE TO read this book!"--while at the same time not allowing me to pry it from her fingers until after she finished it.

Once I started IN NAME ONLY, I could see why. Ms. Gable is a talented writer who weaves several subplots throughout the story without ever straying from the main theme. The story is told from the viewpoint of Caroline Martin, a 19 year old girl in post-Civil-War Philadelphia. After her father dies--and leaves her with little--she goes to live with her rich uncle and his daughter. Although Caroline herself does not come from a wealthy background, she was brought up in an upright and Christian family--which leaves her in some ways ill-prepared to deal with the vagaries of the world.

Her first encounter with such is when she meets the two sons of her uncle's neighbor--Liam and David O'Donovan. The young men are polar opposites from each other in every imaginable way. She is immediately attracted to Liam--the more fair-haired, gentle, and chivalrous of the two. And she is equally abhorred by even the thought of David--a strong, dark-haired, Philadelphia version of Rhet Butler--with all the accompanying faults and a few extra thrown in for good measure.

Caroline's dreams seem to come true for her when she marries the man she most loves--Liam. But when tragedy strikes, she finds herself thrown together with the man she most despises--David. From the heights of newlywed bliss, she is thrown suddenly into the black abyss of despair--with seemingly no hope of ever being able to escape her fate.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Finelly Crafted Catholic Historical Romance August 23, 2010
Format:Paperback
"In Name Only," by Ellen Gable, is a powerful Catholic historical romance novel layered with rich story lines, vibrant characters, and authentic atmosphere. I read this 406 page novel over the course of one week, and when I wasn't able to indulge in reading, I found myself pondering the story--it was that absorbing!

In "Name Only" is Ellen Gable's second novel, and she has once again written a finely crafted Catholic romance. This time, she demonstrates her diverse writing abilities by transporting readers back to 1876 Philadelphia. Amidst a convincing historical setting, readers follow Caroline Martin through the course of several years during which she faces challenges and heartaches which cause her to grow and mature. At the start, nineteen-year old Caroline journeys by train after her father's death to live with her wealthy (and practically unknown) uncle and cousin in an impressive mansion. Caroline also meets her new neighbors, two brothers--Liam and David O'Donovan--who apparently couldn't be any more different. While Caroline admires gentle Liam and even grows to love him, she despises David, who lives a callous, crude lifestyle and seems to have no sense of shame or remorse.

When tragedy strikes, Caroline's life shatters. David's presence only increases her torment, yet she cannot escape him. But God works in mysterious ways, and Caroline discovers first-hand how He can bring good out of evil, and that God's plan really is more amazing than anything she could imagine. Ellen Gable manages the Catholic elements deftly, without preaching and slowing the story's pace. The religious aspects are not forced, but interwoven naturally and believably. (Incidentally, I enjoyed the inclusion of the Latin Mass and Douay Rheims Bible.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible November 9, 2012
By Jenn818
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is literally about nothing but sex. It's mostly clean, there's no real description, but one character is clearly meant to be portrayed as having a sex addiction, and reading about his "need for release" constantly gets really old. The dialogue is wooden, the characters are flat, the author reuses phrases and repeats herself, it's historically inaccurate, and someone dies about every other page. It needs a thorough editing, and even then it's barely worth salvaging.
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88 of 101 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Morbid!!! March 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I borrowed this book from the lending library on my Kindle Fire. To be honest it was an accidental click of the buttons while exploring my new Kindle. I did decide to read the book. It was interesting and the story is actually in my opinion well put together and I was not aware it was also geared around religious faith and biblical priniciples but still enjoyable.

Why a 2 star then? The book is too morbid! Too many people dying uneccessarily. Even in the midst of happiness the author slaughters her characters. You are then on an emotional road to recovery reading along and hoping for the best.....there is happiness,the characters are building and moving forward and the author does another drive by on another character not limited to babies dying or miscarriages... and more death!! I mean really? The last portion of the book you expect a happy ending...surely a happy one. And lo and behold there must be TRAGEDY on the way to the convent!! Again. REALLY?????!!! At that point I just flipped through the pages toward the end to save myself the disappointment.

Stop with all the death! Understandably a few characters may die or ocassional tragedy but there was too much here. There are at least 4 deaths to begin with and it doesn't stop there.
Does faith in God have to be surrounded by death and unhappiness? Good book but emotionally SUCKS!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
didn't read this as I lost interest in it at the beginning.
Published 9 hours ago by carolyn f eroh
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed this book. It gave me insight into the catholic faith. I appreciated the charters.
Published 2 days ago by June Jensen
2.0 out of 5 stars I also found this book to be completely about one ...
I also found this book to be completely about one man's sexual addiction and desires. The writing didn't flow very well, and I'm not sure why I finished it.
Published 3 days ago by PAM TILLEMA
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Read
Ms. Gable's writing style seemed a bit unpolished at times, with a few typos here and there, but overall it was a pleasant read with interesting themes.
Published 3 days ago by Therese
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't realize it was a Catholic novel
That got an extra star, but the story was predictable and the characters stereotypical. I was very
disappointed. Read more
Published 4 days ago by deertoo
5.0 out of 5 stars life lessons
This book really brought me on a journey of life. Such a poignant tale of life's loves and losses, and most importantly of God's grace.
Published 5 days ago by kcal
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Really slow moving. Just didn't care much for it.
Published 6 days ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars unusual
Very interesting, differen,t Love Story.
Published 10 days ago by Tag
4.0 out of 5 stars EVEN THE BAD CAN FIND GOD IF THEY WANT
Love this family. It slow but good. A little predictable but still enjoyable. Still would like to shake David every now and then but I guess he had a right to be a brat even as an... Read more
Published 11 days ago by roupej
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness returns
This book revealed the ups and downs that death gives each of us as we travel the jouneys through our lives. But love brought so much joy and heart felt saddness. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Barbara Wallace
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More About the Author

Ellen Gable is a novelist living in Pakenham, Ontario, Canada. She is the author of five books: "Stealing Jenny," a contemporary thriller about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped; "In Name Only" (Gold Medal, Religious Fiction,2010 IPPY Awards), "Come My Beloved" (non-fiction) and "Emily's Hope." The Kindle editions of her novels have been in the top 20 of the Religious Drama category since February, 2012. Ellen is President of the Catholic Writers Guild. She does freelance writing for a variety of websites, and she blogs at "Plot Line and Sinker" http://ellengable.wordpress.com. She and her husband are the creators of the Family Life cartoon which illustrates Catholic family life, a topic she knows much about as the mother of five sons ages 15 to 27. Her newest book, "A Subtle Grace," the sequel to "In Name Only," was published earlier this year.

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