A Woman of Courage (Honour, Love, and Courage Series) Kindle Edition
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Because of the unusual time setting, the author includes a brief forward to set the stage, showing that she did her research and strives for authenticity. According to Kelly, "Although Ireland was a male-dominated society, women were allowed greater freedom, independence and property rights than other European societies of the time."
Against this backdrop we meet Fianna Byrne, the queen of her clan and former wife to neighboring king, Connell O'Neill. They have a son together, who is being fostered elsewhere as was the custom. When Fianna's village is attacked and devastated by Viking raiders, she fights until left for dead. Upon waking, her first thought is of her son, and the need to warn neighboring clans of the invaders. Despite the ill feelings between her and Connell, he is the father of her child and deserves the chance her village never got.
Connell O'Neill has complicated feelings for his ex-wife, despite asking for the divorce and spreading nasty lies about her character. His main problem being that he never stopped loving her.
Told in alternating points of view, the reader can sympathize with both sides of their complicated relationship, and the fact that there are two separate clans now depending on this couple to figure out a path to survival for them all. The author adds in lots of little historic details which drew me into the story, as well as keeping the action moving forward at a fast clip.Read more ›
*I received the ARC for this novella from the author.*
Fianna loved her husband, she really did but Connell listened to his father and after three months, Fianna was an outcast. 12 years later, Fianna needs Connell's help, to save the ragtag band of her people who survived the Viking attack. Connell, being king of his Clan, has to put the Clan first. But he never forgave himself for listening to his father's hatred of Fianna. When she turns up at his door, he knows he won't be able to let her go again.
You know, sometimes, you just need a book to READ? You don't need to concentrate on complicated plotlines or characters? You don't need to have read previous books in a series? You can just lose yourself in the story??
This book, right here. Its only short, in both length and time span covered, an hour reading time and 24 hours in the book. Its not explicit, but there is heat and passion. Its not overly graphic but there is a battle with the Viking raiders.
Its told from both main characters POV in the third person.
It really is a delightful little tale of second chances and listening to your heart.
I have read the other two books in this series, but they are all standalones. The only common theme is the strength of the female lead.
My only criticism, but it doesn't affect my reading or review, is that I wished they were longer. I'd like to read a more in depth, longer book by this author but I can only find these three.
Still, a quick easy read that is well written.
**same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble**
Each of the novella’s in this series is a stand-alone read and they are only connected in that they describe the stories of strong woman. The third and final novella, A Woman of Courage, is set in Ireland in the year 810 AD. The cover of the book is the best cover yet of this series and as soon as I saw it I wanted to get started on reading the novella. The female pictured on the cover looks positively fierce!
Kelly began this novella by giving the reader some background information about early Irish history, culture , Celtic Christianity and the roles that women might play. She included information on marriage and divorce in that time period and having this information upfront made the context of the story easier to grasp.
Fianne Byrne, the woman of courage was a leader of her clan. She had been married, had given birth to a son and then was divorced by her husband who later took charge of raising their son. As the story begins, Fianna has survived an attack on her clan by Vikings, and as one of very few survivors, has managed , despite her wounds, to make it to the gates of her ex-husbands fort. She has no idea how she will be received and whether help will be forthcoming for the other survivors of her clan.
Connell O’Neill, the King of the O’Neill clan, has always regretted letting his wife go. He chose to divorce her because he thought it best for her safety, but she was completely unaware of his reasoning. Little did she know (or any of the members of his clan) that he was still in love with her.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Time can heal a lot wounds but it doesn’t erase the past. Connell has a chance to remind Fianna they really did have more than lust going for them so long ago. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LAS Reviewer
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of A Woman of Courage by Marlow Kelly in exchange for an honest review. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patricia, Room With Books
"She wanted to shut out the world. She turned her head, burying her nose against the cord of his neck, inhaling his intoxicating scent. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Reading Romances (Nat)
There is an art to writing a story with only 73 pages and including everything needed to make it complete. Marlow Kelly has that art down pat. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Jones
Good solid read. I read it straight through. Well developed characters.Published 8 months ago by reader2010
Ms. Kelly has given me a great read. I loved how quickly it flowed and how dynamic the story and characters are considering it is a novella rather than a full length novel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jessica
Fianna Byrne is having a really bad day. Her clan has been decimated by a wandering band of warriors.
She goes to the only place she knows to go, her ex-husband's clan. Read more
Fianna has never recovered from Connell divorcing her after three memorable months of marriage, so she had tried to stay away from him and his people as much as possible, but a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Midnight Attic Reader