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The Irish Bride Kindle Edition

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Farrell loves Liam, but when she is harassed by her employer, Noel, she is surprised that her intended doesn't rush to her defense. Then Liam's brother, Aidan, commits a serious offense, and it is decided that Farrell and Aidan must marry and flee the country together. Farrell again wonders at how easily Liam lets her go while Aidan can't help but secretly be happy with their union. On the way to America the couple faces the horrors of travel in 1855--sickness, death, segregation by class, and frankly hazardous living conditions--only to reach New Orleans and run into a crazed Noel Cardwell, who is determined to make Farrell his own. The two escape once again, this time to Oregon City. Clearly they have come to love each other, but as Aidan begins to focus more on work than on Farrell, their fragile relationship begins to crumble. Will their love withstand more turmoil? Harrington's tale of triumph and tragedy is thoroughly engaging. Megan Kalan
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"Alexis Harrington is an extraordinary talent."
-Catherine Anderson, bestselling author of Seventh Heaven

"Alexis Harrington understands what is deep in a woman's heart and what a man truly needs, and is able to express this through her wonderful love stories."
--Romantic Times

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  • File Size: 557 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 2, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AU4WFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am a working novelist, with 14 books published over the past 20 years.

In addition to my new titles available published through Montlake, I'm thrilled to be able to bring to my readers my backlist.

I also make jewelry and I'm a fine needlework artist, specializing in embroidery, thread crochet, and sewing. I love to cook, read, entertain friends, decorate, and pursue various crafts.

I live in the Pacific Northwest near the Columbia River, still within 10 miles of my old high school. I have one cat, a Great Pyrenees (mixed), an elderly Shepherd (mixed) I rescued, and three chickens who all seem to want to be in my small office while I'm trying to work (except the chickens, although they'd be thrilled to get into the house if I let them). Getting up to step around them is like maneuvering an obstacle course, but they are my children and so dear to me. My hours are kind of goofy--I'm just not a morning person and tend to be up late when the rest of the world is sleeping--and QUIET. No phones, faxes, distractions. Just the kids and me, candles burning, and the elevator music coming out of my CD player.

Before I made the leap to full-time writer, I spent about 12 years working for consulting civil engineers. Riprap, anyone? How about a nice detention pond?

I'll read just about anything written by Stephen King, Frank McCourt, or Martin Clark. A few of my favorite books are the Harry Potter series, the Outlander series, Angela's Ashes, A Farewell To Arms, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Observations, Lonesome Dove, A Garden of Sand, Gone With the Wind, Hummingbird, Trinity, and The Hunger Games trilogy.

And someday, before one of us is snatched from this earth, I'd love to meet these people. They have either inspired my own work, impressed me with theirs, favorably impacted my life, made me think, performed brave deeds, or any combination thereof: Bruce Springsteen, Stephen King, Captain Sig Hansen, Jon Bon Jovi, LaVyrle Spencer, and Stephen Hawking.

(Captain Phil Harris was also on this list, but it was my great pleasure and good fortune to meet him in June 2008, 18 months before he passed away.)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By retroredux VINE VOICE on May 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I don't mean adult, as in racy, but adult in the context that here is a historical romance of "real" characters-hard working, low to middle income folks like the rest of us. You won't find shallow, wealthy rogues or beyond belief beauties here. Farrell and Aiden's story starts in Ireland and quickly sets a fast pace as they must literally run for their lives aboard a ship set for America. The author goes into great detail about this couple, and most folks back then, hardships, poverty and hard lives they had to live.

The romance is set in a realistic pace, the characters grow to love and depend on each other, and the villian is bad enough to carry the story along.

So, if your looking for a real world, thought provoking romance about early America, then I recommend this book-4.5 stars!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tooncesmom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Irish Bride, Ms. Harrington's Kindle re-release has a lot going for it in setting, theme and characterization. It's a tug-at-your-heartstrings type of story about hard scrabble farmers in 1855 County Cork, Ireland (just after the devastating famine years). Farrell Kirwan has only her brother Michael, who collects rents from the village under the direction of the mighty Cardwells. The story opens with Farrell, a servant in the Cardwell manor, escaping the unwanted attentions of Noel, heir to the Cardwell estate. At the same time her brother is attempting to evict the O'Rourke family from their cottage. When Michael is accidentally killed in the process, Farrell's intended, Liam O'Rourke, reneges on his promise to marry her and agrees that she must escape to America with brother Aidan, the man who mistakenly caused Michael's death. By their leaving, it is hoped the remaining O'Rourkes will be left in peace. A hasty-and unwanted-- marriage to Aidan ensures Farrell will be protected on her flight.

Thus begins an arduous journey for Farrell and Aidan. That he has secretly loved her and she wants no part of him is a burden, but one the ever hopeful Aidan is willing to bear. Their travels take them on a foot journey from Skibbereen to Queenstown (Cobh), then a voyage under horrific conditions to New Orleans, and still later a barge trip to St. Louis and an ordeal by stagecoach to Oregon. Unbeknownst to Farrell and Aidan, Noel Cardwell is hot on their trail, anxious to make Aidan pay for his supposed crime, but even more anxious to recapture Farrell and make her his mistress.

Much of the book details their travails, and only the last quarter covers their life in Oregon. It's a big project that seemed to need more pages; many things were skipped over with little detail. Still, Ms.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Babe Elliot on May 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am now going to sincerely gush: I fell into Farrell and Aidan's lives and story. I cared about them. I wondered if their love was doomed because of all the trauma between them. The end of their story brought tears to my eyes. I would like to mention all the parts of the book that were so compelling to me, but I don't want to give anything away for other readers. The story had a lot of action yet was evenly paced and issues were resolved. I came home from work one night and told myself I would only read for a half hour. I tried to force myself to do my other work but...alas. I picked the book up again to read while I ate. I read it in the living room, I read it in bed and nothing got done until I was done with the book, but I didn't care. You know how a good book grabs you and won't let you go? That was The Irish Bride - it would not let me go and I wouldn't put it down. My next book purchase will be Harrington's The Bridal Veil.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alexis Harrington has written another brilliant story giving insight into the tragic years of the Irish potato famine and the impact it has on a family struggling to make sense of it all. The characters are as real as any we might know today who persevere under the most abject and horrifying conditions and, despite the privations and extreme difficulties, not only survive but learn the meaning of a deep and abiding love. I have been following the writing career of Alexis Harrington for some time now and expect one day that she will make the "literary" genres. Her work is complex, human and devoid of fluff and silliness. She respects the intelligence of her readers and that, in and of itself, is very refreshing. The Irish Bride is a finely woven story that leaves the reader well satisfied and anxious to read her next books. I recommend it highly - it is a book to be savored and re-read for all the nuances and humanity it portrays. A keeper for anyone's library of excellent fiction. I was pleased to see this reviewed in Germany recently and given a 4 plus star rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Newcomb on March 24, 2012
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I was looking for an easy, romantic read for Spring Break and was pleased with this book. I appreciated that there was an actual plot with developed characters. The characters were believable and I enjoyed their adventure as much as their developing romance. The author did a nice job of creating sexual tension between the characters without overpowering the plot. I look forward to reading more by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader on February 2, 2012
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This is the story of Farrell and Aiden. The story begins in County Cork Ireland 1855. Farrell works for their English landlord in his house but the lord's son Noel has made advances to her and she has repelled him, running home. Her brother Michael also works for the English Lord collecting rents, but he is a ruthless and ambitious man. While knocking down a cottage for what he claims is non payment of rent. Michael is attacked by Aiden and killed. Farrell is betrothed to Liam Aiden's brother, but now that Farrell has rejected the Lord's sons advances and Aiden has killed her brother. They are forced to flee their village and leave Ireland for America. The local priest had married them before they left. Farrell loves Liam, he is quiet and steady not like Aiden who has always been quite the ladies man and a bit of a rogue, not Farrell's idea of a husband at all. Noel Cardwell the Lords son has decided to follow them, and bring them to justice.
This is a wonderfully written story, the detail and descriptive writing just make the story flow. I was unable to put this down. The characters are so well developed and the plot so well done that you live the story right along with the characters. I love that this about ordinary people and their struggle to live a decent life. I read my fair share of historical romances, but many authors rely on writing about the rich members of the ton, and aristocracy. So this story as with many others by this author are like a breath of fresh air. Alexis Harrington is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, her books are well researched and beautifully written.
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