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His Irish Eve Paperback – May 12, 2015
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Regina Jeffers is an award-winning author of cozy mysteries, Austenesque sequels and retellings, and Regency era romances. A teacher for thirty-nine years, Jeffers often serves as a consultant for Language Arts and Media Literacy programs. The author of some 25 novels, Jeffers is a Time Warner Star Teacher and a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar. Regina spends her free time in her garden and enjoying her grand"joys."
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Adam was extremely angry to be sent on this errand by his father. He had no idea that Cathleen was with child when he dismissed her with funds for her to return to Cheshire. Little did Adam dream that on a dark road in a rain storm he would meet the most enchanting and determined woman of his life. Adam was injured in the fall as his horse was spooked by Aoife on the muddy dark road near Cheshire. She took him in out of kindness and introduced him to not only his son but also two daughters of about 6 years. The adventure between Aoife and Adam is beautifully written. She put the smooth rake in his place and as he sought her admiration he was forced to evaluate what he had become.
I don't like spoilers so I will just say that Regina did an outstanding job of leading us through the "courtship" of a viscount and a lowly Irish baron's daughter. Adam, his valet and two footmen. helped Aoife shore up her father's estate and bring in the last wool harvest, while Adam continued to "court" his Irish Eve. As with all Regina's novels, there is a HEA but it takes hard work to get there. The journey is a enchanting read. I love books with strong characters who bring about change in themselves and those around them.
Edit: Purchased book on 10-12-16.
Those fans that have loved and enjoyed Adam Lawrence in Regina Jeffers other novels, will rejoice at the completion of his story. For those who have forgotten his story or do not know him at all, don’t worry as Jeffers did a wonderful thing at the beginning of the book. She gave a detailed explanation of Adam Lawrence, Viscount Stafford, heir to the Earl of Greenwall, and listed those books that he appeared in. I loved how she reminded fans who and what he was, a rake and overall scoundrel. I had actually read several of those previous books and vaguely remembered him as a minor character. In Jeffers’ The Phantom of Pemberley, Lawrence and his Mistress Cathleen Donnel agreed to her release from his protection. She left him and traveled to Cheshire in order to support her family following the passing of her uncle. Our story starts six years later.
Adam has received a summons from his father, the Earl of Greenwall. When he reports to Leicestershire, he is informed that the Lawrence’s solicitor has received a request for a monthly stipend to help raise a boy child born to Cathleen Donnel, Adam’s former mistress. Adam’s father was not impressed that the child was born on the other side of the blanket. Adam had no idea that when he and Cathleen separated she was with child. The Earl informs Adam that he is to travel to Cheshire and bring the boy back to him. Someone should do something regarding his responsibilities.
This is where our story starts as Adam travels to Cheshire during a thunder storm. When he encounters a woman on the rain swept road, his horse is spooked by the thunder and he is thrown, thus hurting his leg. The woman was returning from the village having mailed a few letters. Sounds like Jane Eyre and Rochester, with the exception of the dog Pilot. Adam discovers the woman is Aoife Kennice. I liked how Jeffers gave her readers a pronunciation of the Irish name for Eve… ‘Ee – Fa’. I cannot read it without hearing the robot WALL-E saying Eve’s name.
Aoife informs Adam that she was a cousin to Cathleen Donnel who died several years before. The reason she sent her letter to the solicitor was because her situation had become dire. She had spent her own small inheritance and what little she had left was about gone just trying to keep food on the table. He also discovers he not only has a son but two daughters. Cathleen had triplets. Adam is frustrated that his father failed to tell him that bit of news. His father’s only command was to bring back the boy. Nothing was said about the girls.
I am not going into full detail on the rest of the story line. I will only say that Adam is a rake, a scoundrel, a jerk and not a nice guy at all. He will discover many things in his journey toward redemption. As we watch him struggle, I am often aghast at his behavior, his quickness with his overtures with Aoife. I have to keep reminding myself that he is a rake and that is what a rake does. We get to see him come to grips with his life, his behavior and why he is what he is. He and his father have locked horns most of his life and to him life is not worth living unless he can go against his father’s wishes.
Now that we have cleared that up, you know the rake has to have an awakening as to what life is really about. That he will come to realize that his priorities are selfish and completely self-centered. We watch as he gets a dose of what hard work is really like and the pleasure of that day’s work. He learns what it is to have a child / children in your life and to have them look up to you. He discovers that having the respect of a good woman and the respect of others is something he has never know, but now wants above all else.
Watching his journey is so worth it. This was a quick read and I simply could not put it down. The insertion of historical events only made Adam’s and Aoife’s journey exciting and at times gut wrenching. Times were changing in Britain and Adam and Aoife embraced enlightenment and new innovations that shocked society and shook up the old guard.
Several scenes between Adam and Aoife reminded me of Rochester’s emotional torture of Jane Eyre. I wanted to smash him; however, I stuck with it and it was so worth it. Societal concerns and propriety appeared to be thrown out the window. I kept thinking…really, would they have allowed this? I had to remember, he was a rake, so nothing mattered to him except what he wanted.
There were edit problems in just about every chapter. Some were small errors like word replacements [something else was supposed to be used] or words left out altogether. It only slowed me down a couple of times. I had to reread a couple of sentences in order to clarify what was being said.
I loved this HEA and recommend it. You will love the characters. Aoife is one heck of a woman. She is the making of her man. I loved the children. I could see future books on them, Daniel especially. They were such sweet kids, strong work ethic, strong character, with love of family and doing what is right. I really liked them. And the ending…with Adam and his father [**no SPOILER here**] was most excellent. As this was the Christmas season, there were gentle religious references, but should not offend anyone. It was Christmas and that is what they did at that time of the year with their traditions.
This is one book I consider a keeper to be reread for a feel good love story.