In Name Only (O'Donovan Family, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Loved this book. Want to get the next one to read the adventure s ahead.Published 25 days ago by Bobbie Mack
This story was somewhat interesting, and I had a hard time putting it down, but I found some parts of it to be, frankly, quite disturbing, and so, my enjoyment of it was greatly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by moi
If you like Catholic fiction, try this!! It is a beautiful, faithful, true to the teachings novel! I loved it, so much the moment I finished it, I purchased the second in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by KAM427
I had started this book several years ago and then set it aside because it only seemed to be about sex, and I was surprised it would be classified as a Christian story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I started this book a week ago and found myself carrying this beautiful story in my head each day at my job. I was thrilled to jump back into the book at night. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan Wenzel
Ellen Gable has become one of my favorite authors! I have not enjoyed a book this much in a long time and I enjoy books! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Psych RN
It showed how god can work in lives and change your heart and mind as it did in david and Carolyn.Published 6 months ago by quilter lady
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