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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; 1 edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446544787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446544788
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,561,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Captivating and poignant! Laurel McKee wields her pen with grace and magic." Lorraine Heath, New York Times bestselling author"

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This first book in the Daughters of Erin trilogy will appeal to fans of bestselling authors Elizabeth Hoyt, Jo Beverley and Sue Ellen Welfonder.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Set mainly in Kildare, Ireland. When they were children, lady Elizabeth "Eliza" Blacknall and William "Will" Denton were often together. They had been close friends. But in the year 1790, Will purchased his commission in an English regiment and went to England, leaving fifteen-year-old Eliza behind in Kildare.

Seven years have now passed. Eliza is now a widow, Lady Mount Clare. The young Irish countess is still the vibrant, intelligent, and independent lady that Will recalls so well. Will has returned, as an English soldier, to crush the Irish uprising. And it seems that Eliza is in the middle of it all. The last thing he wants is to see her neck in a noose when Lord Lieutenant Camden and his generals unleash their forces. All too soon Ireland is embroiled in bloody conflicts. Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines. Will worries not only about Eliza, but his mother too. Battle lines become blurred and Will must choose between all he cares for and his honor and duty to the king.

**** FOUR STARS! I found this story to have a deep and serious plot, very political. But the romance between Eliza and Will came across to me as unbelievable in the early parts of the tale. After all, early in the story Will admits to Eliza that he is determined to climb high in the English ranks and about how he believes in the Crown. He seemed to truly believe in his English duty. So I found it difficult to accept that he would put it all on the line for a lady from his past, no matter how close they had been. Otherwise, this story is intense, with action and high drama. I proudly recommend it to all fans of Historical Romances, as well as to fans of History. It is MORE than clear to me that the author has done her research and understands this era very well. BRAVA! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Daughters of Erin, Book One 5 Feb. 2010
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Set mainly in Kildare, Ireland. When they were children, lady Elizabeth "Eliza" Blacknall and William "Will" Denton were often together. They had been close friends. But in the year 1790, Will purchased his commission in an English regiment and went to England, leaving fifteen-year-old Eliza behind in Kildare.

Seven years have now passed. Eliza is now a widow, Lady Mount Clare. The young Irish countess is still the vibrant, intelligent, and independent lady that Will recalls so well. Will has returned, as an English soldier, to crush the Irish uprising. And it seems that Eliza is in the middle of it all. The last thing he wants is to see her neck in a noose when Lord Lieutenant Camden and his generals unleash their forces. All too soon Ireland is embroiled in bloody conflicts. Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines. Will worries not only about Eliza, but his mother too. Battle lines become blurred and Will must choose between all he cares for and his honor and duty to the king.

**** FOUR STARS! I found this story to have a deep and serious plot, very political. But the romance between Eliza and Will came across to me as unbelievable in the early parts of the tale. After all, early in the story Will admits to Eliza that he is determined to climb high in the English ranks and about how he believes in the Crown. He seemed to truly believe in his English duty. So I found it difficult to accept that he would put it all on the line for a lady from his past, no matter how close they had been. Otherwise, this story is intense, with action and high drama. I proudly recommend it to all fans of Historical Romances, as well as to fans of History. It is MORE than clear to me that the author has done her research and understands this era very well. BRAVA! ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Laurel McKee brilliantly creates love out of the tragedy of war 26 Jan. 2010
By Mary Gramlich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With rebellion and war raging all around them can two lives that have been separated by time and upbringing be brought together again to find the true meaning of love and life? This is absolutely the case with Lady Elizabeth "Eliza" Mount Clare nee Blacknall and Major William Denton. These two people grew up together, explored the innocence of young love and survived being torn away from each other as teenagers when Will went to fulfill his commission as a soldier in the English Army. Yet once they are reunited with the backdrop of chaos and confusion surrounding the Irish Rebellion against England the love between them is still there and longing to be tapped into.

But when they are reunited conflict comes between them as Will is defending England against the Irish rebels that Eliza is fighting to protect and shelter. But it seems that with a quiet whisper and a stolen kiss they can only remember the past and their feelings for one another regardless of the present or who it will affect the future. While they may have been physically apart that was never the case with them emotionally and that their love was forged with such a strong and deep bond that even though they are on different sides their bodies are as one and their heart beats with the same rhythm. But when Will is ordered to return to his childhood home to "spy" on the activities and keep an eye on Eliza it is then he starts to question the decisions he has made and whether everything that seemed so right can now be so clouded with distrust. When Will is seriously injured and it is Eliza's family that cares for him the truth of what has to be done becomes clear and the steps he takes to correct the past misdeeds is forged with danger and despair. But Will knows that with Eliza by his side nothing will be wrong and all he need to is convince her of what has to be done to make them safe and able to forge a life together.

How is it possible to take such a devastating time in history and turn it into a heart-warming, tender love story - good question! The answer it appears is the writing ability of Laurel McKee and the talent to turn what could be seen as only sadness and despair into love and romance. This book gives you a history lesson that makes you understand how personal this fight was and help the reader understand how tragic the circumstance was but yet how two people that really love one another can make the best of the worst times. You have to learn to trust even when the person you love may be the one who is spying on you. Excellent Read!

Mary Gramlich ~ ("The Reading Reviewer") ~ [...]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not a Great Romance Novel 19 May 2011
By JMC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book was more about the war in Irland than romance between the characters. Once I realized how this book was turning out,it was never ending. The ending of this book was weird as well. Now, I will debate on getting the next installment. I rather read about the characters involvement with each other than their freedom belief. Down load the sample and maybe you will understand what I'm trying to say, unfortunally I didn't. For the price its a long book, so maybe its worth it for you. Good reading!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Countess of Scandal 21 April 2011
By @TheLoveJunkee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I haven't read an historical novel like this in quite some time and don't really know where to begin. There were two interesting storylines going on - Eliza and Will's romance, and Eliza's efforts to help the Irish escape English rule. I have a only general understanding of the history of The Troubles in Ireland; I do not know the specific battles and such. This book takes place during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. I do think it's an interesting subject to work into a Romance novel.

As the book opens, Lady Eliza Blacknall has just escaped her parent's party in County Kildare to meet with her sweetheart, Will Denton. They are childhood friends and sweethearts, although their parents don't approve. As they talk, Eliza suddenly realizes Will is wearing a Red Coat - he's purchased his commission and is now part of an English Regiment! Eliza cannot bear it; although she is Protestant, she considers herself a true Irishwoman and feels like Will has betrayed her and their homes.

We pick back up again seven years later: Eliza is now a young widow living in Dublin. She is very active in the secret societies of the United Irishmen, writing pamphlets and hiding accused sympathizers. Will has come back to Ireland as a Major in the army and is staying in Dublin. Of course they hit it off immediately, and start having nightly trysts in her bedroom after dark. Eliza had been in a loveless marriage, and the things she experiences in the bedroom with Will surprise and delight her. She knows she still loves him, but cannot accept that he is in the English army - it goes against everything she believes in. Will knows he loves Eliza and tries to keep her out of trouble; he knows she's under suspicion for treason and helps her out of a sticky spot a time or two. He wants her to give up her subversive activities and leave Ireland until things settle down.

There were so many tender, sensual scenes between Eliza and Will; it was obvious they were very much in love. Through most of the book, however, I just couldn't see how Ms. McKee was going to be able to reconcile their love for each other against their differing political views. When Will left Dublin my heart broke for both of them. Even when they were reunited it still seemed to be a case of star-crossed lovers.

There were, of course, some dangerous scenes that Will and Eliza had to face together; her family was no longer safe on their land and needed to escape to Dublin. I liked that Eliza was a smart, opinionated heroine but not obnoxious or TSTL. She was very careful in her clandestine involvement with the United Irishmen. When she assisted Will through some dangerous situations later in the book, she took calculated chances and did not rush into things trying to be a hero. Will was a good hero in that he never talked down or humored Eliza, and while he did try to persuade her to give up her involvement in the illegal organization, he did not try to change her political views on the subject.

The ending of the book was a bit abrubpt, I don't know that Will's decisions would have been accepted as easily as it appeared to in the book, nor do I think Eliza would have accepted the decision she and Will made together. Her convictions seemed to be too strong to go along with that course of action.

All in all, this was an interesting read. I liked the set-up for the next book, which will feature Eliza's sister Anna. I give Countess of Scandal 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Ok Read- Sexy Couple but No Climactic Story 6 Nov. 2011
By Suzy Q-ed - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This was an ok read; the romance between this couple was very exciting and intense, however the main plot of the story dragged on a bit and I found myself skimming through the pages a bit. I felt that this book also lacked a climactic point because it didn't really make sense why our heroine left Dublin because it wasn't safe there anymore and went off to be with her mother and sisters, only to then decide to rally them up and drag them back to Dublin because the uprising in the hometown started to get very heated. Other than our hero getting wounded and nursing him back to health, there really was no suspense at all. Indeed our couple kept their steamy relationship a secret throughout practically the whole book, and that little ingredient may qualify as somewhat of a suspense factor, but it was unrealistic for the author to have us think that our heroine was being followed and labeled a "person to keep watch over" without anyone ever finding out about this relationship. The mother and sisters knew of their long ago love for one another and weren't in the least bit surprised to have these two lovers reconnect to the point of having them always stick together and even sleeping with one another in the same room; this was a bit risqué and disrespectful for the story's time setting and a bit much to muster and swallow when the very same mother made sure these lovers could never have a future with one another. Surely she does have a change of heart, but her "swing vote" on the hero was a bit too much of a turnaround that resulted a bit unrealistic.

I give this book a 4-Star rating because at least we have a sexy couple that matched one another and never wasted their opportunities in being together. I am looking forward to the next installment of this series and hopefully this author would give us a bit more excitement in that read.
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