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First, I am quite sure I have never read a period western with Irish Travelers. The gypsy-like, nomadic lifestyle and strong family connections were a strong component to this book. Kudos to Caroline Clemmons for giving readers a different twist. Was it accurate? I have absolutely no idea.
Second, the hero has faced a series of prejudices in his young life, but for once we don't get an embittered, tough, wandering loner. Dallas is a rancher, tied to his land, and ambitious to see it succeed.
Third, there are several protagonists in this story, and all of them are caricatures. They are so bad, you love to hate them.
Fourth, the secondary characters are numerous, diverse and enrich the story a great deal. Therefore, elements of the plot reach beyond the interaction of Dallas and Cenora. As cute as they are exploring their sudden marriage, there is a LOT going on around the young lovers. I enjoyed the camaraderie and the interplay of family. It struck me as slightly-over-the top, but genuine. Boisterous is the word that comes to mind. Don't we all know families like that?
My subtle criticism is reserved for the dialogue voice. Occasionally, it felt stilted and overly explanatory. The author tried awfully hard to bring out backstory and internal feelings through dialogue and it just wasn't successful at all times. The antiquated Irish dialect was also forced and felt false. It didn't fit the uneducated nature of the Travelers and was far too formal.
However, I am interested to hear more about the O'Neills and the McClintocks and look forward to reading more about these two exuberant families.
When Dallas McClintock saves a beautiful young Irish Lass from two men who had kidnapped her and brutally abusing her, little did he know what he got himself into. Severely injured himself, he comes to amongst a group of "Travelers", or better known as traveling, thieving gypsies back then. Too injured to even move, he finds himself at their mercy and care.
When he is lucid enough, he learns the beautiful Angel " Cenora" he saved and her family are actually Irish immigrants. After losing their land in Ireland and because of prejudices, they had nowhere to go, even though they were also treated a bit like outsiders in this group. Cenora and her family take good care of him and nurse him back to health, which is why he's furious and shocked when he gets set up and forced to marry Cenora!
As if he doesn't already have to deal with enough prejudice himself because he's half Indian and shunned by many, now he has an Irish traveller to add to his troubles. Regardless of her beauty and seeming innocence, he doesn't want a wife! Yet now he has one.
Because of his honor and feeling of responsibility for causing more problems for the O'Neals because they brought an outsider in and married their daughter to him, he decides he must help them and take them to his ranch when he's better. He sees the mistreatment of them by the bully leader. Especially after he marries Cenora, whom the man had claimed for himself! Though he's furious at the situation, he can't leave the young beauty to the huge bully whose two previous wives had suddenly died bruised and battered after mysterious, accidental falls. He's also threatened to burn the O'Neal' s out for not giving him Cenora to wed.
Amongst many trials, struggles and differences, this normally solitary man now finds his house full of new family and a wife he didn't want. At the same time wondering what his white family will think and how they'll react; especially with a grandmother who never wastes a moment to insult and let him know he's not wanted because he's part Indian!
This is truly a touching story filled with struggles, mishaps, culture clash, prejudice, with dangers and at the same time growth and a beautiful love story and trust that grows throughout it all. I really enjoyed it, except in parts when the Irish at times suddenly said myself instead of meself, or used my instead of me. It was a little confusing at times. There were some sexual parts in the book, though not nearly as graphic, long or vulgar as many books are today.
I'd recommend this to any mature reader who loves a well written, non stop action romance who doesn't mind some lighter sex scenes. Very captivating and entertaining!!