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The Irish Upstart [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Kennedy
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

County Clare, Ireland, 1816

Evleen O'Fallon is shocked when handsome Lord Thomas Linberry appears at her family’s humble cottage overlooking Galway Bay. Just arrived from England, he bears the news that Evleen’s young half brother Patrick—born to the dissolute Englishman who stole her mother’s heart and spent her fortune—is the heir to a vast estate. Patrick’s mother won’t let him go unless Evleen accompanies him to England with Lord Thomas. Thus begins Evleen’s harrowing journey from her beloved Ireland to England, where she finds herself an outcast in London’s snobbish high society.
The author’s meticulous research of Ireland in the 19th centuiry brings authenticity to the story. Thomas and Evleen’s romance begins under the Whispering Arch at the ancient ruins of Clonmacnoise. It survives a nightmare journey across the Irish Sea on The Countess of Liverpool. They come from different worlds. Will their love survive?

This book was originally published by Signet

Editorial Reviews


A...tale with a determined, independent heroine and an equally strong-willed hero who both frustrate and fascinate one another. -- Romantic Times, April, 2001

From the Author

A recent, wonderful trip to Ireland inspired me to write The Irish Upstart. I was especially impressed with the 6th century monastic site of Conmacnoise with its Whispering Arch where "courtin couples...stand one on each side, whisperin' heir words of love to one another." Of course, Thomas and Evleen stand in that very spot in the story!

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  • File Size: 1684 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Shirley Kennedy (April 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U78IIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Wasted Sunday **2 1/2 Stars** November 25, 2014
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Sundays are the one day of the week when I can pretty much lie around all day and devote myself to reading. I usually get home from church, select a book, and sequester myself in my bedroom to enjoy a nice, long, uninterrupted read, while my husband attends to the children. Consequently, the book I choose to read on a Sunday is a very importance choice. I've read a couple of Ms. Kennedy's books before, specifically Three Wishes for Miss Winthrop and The Rebellious Twin, and I enjoyed them both immensely. Therefore, the decision to read this book was, I thought, a no brainer. OMG! What a mistake that was. I feel like I've wasted several hours of my valuable reading time! The book is just as well written as I have come to expect from Ms. Kennedy--there is no denying, after all, that she is a very talented author. But, the story that unfolds is somewhat confusing and contradicts itself at every turn. And don't get me started on the incorrect titles and forms of address!! That is a particular pet peeve of mine; not because I want it to be one, but because it just is.

The hero, Thomas Linbery, is the second son of the Marquess of Westhaven. Lord Westhaven is incorrectly styled as Lord Linberry. The hero too, is incorrectly addressed on one or two occasions as Lord Linberry, rather than Lord Thomas. The same is true of the neighboring Earl, who is incorrectly styled as Lord Trevlyn (his last name) instead of by his title.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner by Shirley Kennedy April 28, 2001
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Shirley Kennedy has not failed us in her newest novel,The Irish Upstart. As with her other books The Rebellious Twin and The Selfless Sister she has once again given us a winner. The Irish Upstart has humor, charm, and greed woven into a heartbreaking family story. One of Shirley Kennedy's talents lies in the development of her characters. She makes each character come alive in this book.Evleen,the oldest daughter,is a true Irish upstart. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to Ms. Kennedy's next adventure in writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this January 26, 2014
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I got this freebie via one of the sites I subscribe to and was pleasantly surprised. This was a nice clean Regency with interesting, likeable main characters. The H is a 2 son of a Marquess and the h is Irish with faint links to Irish royalty. The h's family have fallen on hard times and are living in straightened circumstances when the H comes to find them to collect outstanding rents. He discovers that the h's half-brother is in fact the heir to an Earldom. The H is very taken by the feisty h and through circumstances they come to know each other when the h's brother is taken to live in England. There are the awful relations of the existing Earl who do their best to make the h's life a misery. The story is entertaining and I could't put it down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read January 28, 2013
By Nicky
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This book started out good but got pretty predictable after awhile. It was also very slow and boring in some parts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prejudice works both ways. May 2, 2014
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Evleen's mother told her to marry a rich and titled Englishman but to never fall in love with an Englishman. What a predicament when she falls in love with a second son who is not titled, moderately wealthy and definitely an Englishman. Then they have the definite drawback of prejudice. Some English think the Irish are an inferior race and most Irish feel the English are. What happens when a beautiful Irish lady is given a chance to enter England's aristocracy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars True to her values and upbringing April 13, 2014
By SusieQ
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Here's an Irish girl comfortable with her self and heritage. She is able to live much differently in another biased life and still hold on to her values instilled in her by her mother. An eye opener to the early very different life styles in both Ireland and England. I enjoyed this book very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable April 3, 2014
By Merry G
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Love historical romance so I enjoyed the book. The story takes place in old Ireland and England and held my interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars liked it March 15, 2014
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I liked this story. Evleen's and Thomas' relationship wasn't over done or too fast. Lydia and the evil sisters were great protagonists. However, I found it odd that Bettina didn't throw a fit that Charlotte was going after Thomas at the end. She had set her cap for him so long ago and she doesn't say anything when her sister decides to go after him now that he is the heir apparent. I don't believe it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
nice book, easy to read.
Published 1 month ago by Diann I. Oden
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining + Enjoyable
Published 14 months ago by Ms. Southport
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
i think this was a good read, very interested in history.The tall ships are always good to read about. I enjoyed the book just for the enjoyment of reading!
Published 14 months ago by MIC
4.0 out of 5 stars Story was well written
Enjoy romance stories,
Tales of how people, lived so long ago, their struggles for survival,
the obstacles that they faced and the outcome in the end.
Published 14 months ago by Jeannette Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This book kept me interested right from the beginning, seemed to stop abruptly. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Published 14 months ago by cheyene8
2.0 out of 5 stars Trivial romance
I would classify this as "light romance" with little merit such as character development or description of the time or place of the setting - and with a very predictable... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Helen Moynihan
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome story
I finished in a few hours. Could not put it down. Once I started reading, I did not want to stop.
Published 14 months ago by lauranelson
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok.
It was ok, not the best book but entertaining. Would recommend it to someone who just wanted to read something light.
Published 15 months ago by rjcabanas
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More About the Author

I'm happy to announce I've just won the gold IPPY award (Independent Publishers)in the Romance category for THE LAST OF LADY LANSDOWN!

I was born and raised in Fresno, California, where I graduated from Fresno High School. I lived in Canada for many years, enjoying skiing and riding horses, and am a graduate of the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a B.S. in Computer Science.

I've had many jobs in my lifetime, including working for several years as a computer programmer/analyst. However, my true passion has always been writing. Even as a little girl I could always be found in a corner reading a book. Finally I took a big risk and decided to devote myself to writing full time. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. Now, after writing and publishing several traditional Regencies, I have switched genres and am currently working on another western romance as well as a longer Regency historical.

I have two daughters, Dianne and Lindy, and am forever proud of their accomplishments--and grateful, too, that both are the kind of loving, supportive daughters every mother hopes she'll have. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I belong to the Las Vegas chapter of Romance Writers of America.

I love hearing from my readers and can be reached at

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