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"Susan Wiggs is a superb storyteller." -RT Book Reviews

"A classic beauty-and-the-beast love story that will stay in your heart long after you've turned the last page." --New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah on The Lightkeeper

"Wiggs has a knack for creating engaging characters, and her energetic prose shines through the pages." --Publishers Weekly on Enchanted Afternoon

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"[Wiggs] has created a quiet page-turner that will hold readers spellbound as the relationships, characters and story unfold. Fans of historical romances will naturally flock to this skillfully executed [Chicago Fire] trilogy." --Publishers Weekly on The Firebrand

About the Author

Susan Wiggs is the author of many beloved bestsellers, including the popular Lakeshore Chronicles series. She has won many awards for her work, including a RITA from Romance Writers of America. Visit her website at www.SusanWiggs.com.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778316467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778316466
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She's been featured in the national media, including NPR's Talk of the Nation, and is a popular speaker locally and nationally.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people. At the age of eight, she self-published her first novel, entitled "A Book About Some Bad Kids."

Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries. Her recent novel, Marrying Daisy Bellamy, took the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and The Lakeshore Chronicles have won readers' hearts around the globe. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature.

She lives with her husband and family at the water's edge on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Farrah on August 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A richly detailed, enjoyable historical romance, The Maiden of Ireland was a lovely read. I liked this book. I haven't read many romances set in Cromwell's era, especially not in Ireland, so it was new for me and I'm happy to say that I thought it was wonderful.

Caitlin was a great heroine. She was very strong and fiercely loyal to her people. Even under the difficult circumstances she found herself in, she didn't falter. She was frustratingly stubborn a couple of times, but nothing too bad. Overall, I really liked her.

Wesley was also wonderful. Like Caitlin, he was very loyal and the poor man had his loyalties torn between his daughter and the woman he loved. Lots of mental conflict there. He was very clever and crafty enough to get himself out of any situation. And, he was also a kind man who, despite the circumstances, was honorable. My only complaint was that, though I understood his reasons for keeping quiet, I wished that he would have told Caitlin about his daughter sooner. It would have saved a lot of heartache. But, otherwise, I really liked him as well.

The romance was very sweet. Caitlin and Wesley were so great together. Despite all the challenges in their way, they fell for each other and I thought it was sweet. And, they definitely had some sensuous heat between them. I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was okay. It went by rather slow. I never got disinterested, but, because of the pace, I was never fully hooked. Nonetheless, I was still kept interested the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great.

The Maiden of Ireland was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked it and enjoyed reading it. Romance lovers, this is a book you might want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Queen of Books on August 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The story is very intriguing, funny, and well written. I feel that the characters were human in their dealings with their surroundings. You have a man who was about to hang at Tyburn prison, then released by the Lord Protector. John Wesley Hawkins being ready to die for treason and heresy, got mercy from his deeds if he would agree to help England. But John doesn't have much of a choice because his small daughter is being held to gain his submission. All John has to do is find out who is the main man in the Irish resistance. Therefore, John being a handsome and smart will seduce the secrets from a Irishwoman named Caitlin MacBride. She knows who is involved but John has his work cut out for him. But Caitlin is one smart lady who helps the rebels but won't trust any Englishman especially John. Caitlin is strong in her beliefs, but sometimes she wants to have what other females have. She's not beautiful like her sister who has a husband who loves her. Caitlin will find her true love, but what's at stake may be harder to deal with than she can bear. As a reader, I was totally taken with this book. Thanks Net Galley for letting me review this wonderful romance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 1, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Maiden Of Ireland
Susan Wiggs
Mira, Aug 26 2014, $7.99
ISBN 9780778316466

In 1658, weeping women attend the execution of Father John the heretic. The condemned man muses that for six years John Wesley Hawkins worked undercover as Father John to remove the usurper Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell from ruling the land and restore the rightful king to the throne, but failed. As he is about to hang, he says his last words: “…God save Charles Stuart…”. At the very last moment with the rope tearing into his throat, Cromwell saves his life and that of his daughter but demands in remittance John uncover the identity of the Fianna Irish rebellion or else he and his family will die.

Wesley travels to Connemara, Ireland where Caitlin MacBride, daughter of the local chieftain, notices him walking near her home Castle Clonmuir. His shameful scheme is simply seduce Caitlin into revealing who the Fianna chief is. What Wesley failed to anticipate was falling in love with his target.

This “revised” version of 1993 The Mist And The Magic (don’t know how much was refreshed) is an enjoyable brisk Cromwellian romance with a unique locale; instead of the usual London, Ireland shines during the era when Parliament and the Lord Protector ruled the kingdom. Leisurely-paced, this is an entertaining seventeenth century historical even with the lead relationship being typical of the subgenre.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pure Jonel on August 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This novel is simply poetic. Wiggs has a way with words that will wow you. This novel was a heartfelt journey back in time that has a mythical, enchanting feel to it. The way that the author alludes to things rather than stating them outright makes it all the more magical. At the same time it is one of those stories where you can’t even begin to guess the ending. Each new twist and turn takes you further from the ending you would expect until you’re avidly swallowing each word on the page, racing towards the conclusion. Wiggs’ graphic descriptions make this story vividly real. She combines all of this together to create an exciting and enduring story.

Wiggs’s tale is backed up by some fantastic characters. Parts of this novel give you compassion for these characters as you couldn’t fathom living through what they did. Others make you envious because they experienced the things that dreams are made of.

This novel is a work of art. It is one of those novels that is perfect for any and all who enjoy historical romances.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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