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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. Amazon Kindle Bestseller.

Note: The author is currently working on a sequel to "In Name Only" entitled "A Subtle Grace."


“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”

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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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Romance for Men? November 15, 2010
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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68 of 76 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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Finelly Crafted Catholic Historical Romance August 23, 2010
"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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90 of 103 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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Published 3 days ago by Edith Bearden
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great diversion from my predicament for three months
I started the book when I was in a rehab place after emergency delicate and precarious surgery. It was a great diversion from my predicament for three months. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Caroleta Van Camp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read without embarrassing passages
Finally a romance with depth that is not embarrassing to read. Well developed characters and plot.
This is so much more compelling and romantic, as it touches on all levels of... Read more
Published 17 days ago by JEMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and I enjoyed seeing Caroline grow to love David. It was poignant at times.
Published 22 days ago by Loves To Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to put it down!
Reviewed by Al's wife: I love books of faith and romance from the late 1800s. This story captivates the reader from the first page. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Al Lepper
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Story
An enjoyable read, though sometimes the heroine's constant responses of thank you pulled me out of the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Ann Erhardt (author)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I purchased this story quite a while ago but never started it. When I eventually started the story, I could not put it down. It was very different but delightful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mary Rush
2.0 out of 5 stars completely unnecessary. Dialogue and characters are both...
I originally found this Kindle book under the "Spirit Filled Kindle" offerings. That said, I expected a decent story line that excluded certain elements. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sandie Seminerio
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book. Should have ended sooner. The end drags.
Published 2 months ago by Minne Mouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this book emensley and am enjoying Book 2 just as much!
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn Hribar
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More About the Author

Ellen Gable is an award-winning, Amazon bestselling author of five books including "Stealing Jenny," a contemporary thriller about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped, "In Name Only," historical romance (Gold Medal, 2010 IPPY Awards) and her newest novel "A Subtle Grace," the stand alone sequel to "In Name Only." Ellen is President of the Catholic Writers Guild. She does freelance writing and editing for a variety of websites, she blogs at "Plot Line & Sinker" and is also self-publishing book consultant. She and her husband are the parents of five sons ages 15 to 27 and live in Pakenham, Ontario. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys playing board games with her family, watching classic movies on TCM and reading on her Kindle.

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