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The Highwayman (Irish Eyes) Mass Market Paperback – Aug 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove Books (Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515131148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515131147
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,655,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A hero that breaks the mold! 4 Sept. 2001
By Sheila Bauer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I thought this was a fantastic read! The hero did not conform to the sterotype so often found in romance novels - he was feeling without being wimpy and strong without being heartless. The dialogue was intelligent - so often books written about Ireland or with Irish characters write the dialogue in the most unbelievable fashion - playing on all the stereotypes about the Irish. This is another thing that I liked about the book - it was historically accurate and avoided so many sterotypes people make about the Irish. I read many romance novels and am aware of many of the conventions that appear in every romance novel (i.e. there's always a happy ending), but I think that this novel has a certain freshness about it that I found very enjoyable.
Finally, I'd like to address the criticism that the book asks the reader to believe the heroine recognizes the hero even when no one else does. This overlooks one of the central conventions of the romance novel - in this medium, lovers always have a special connection, so it didn't surprise me at all that she recognized him. Further, I think the reason that Elizabeth is able to recognize Neville is because she is new to the community and has not been subjected to the preconceived idea that he is incapcitated, etc.
I think that people who enjoy a good romance will find this a supremely satisfying read!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Kelleher delivers again! 9 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been following this author through several romances, and for my taste, she is one of the strongest writers in the genre. Her characters are human and appealing, and the background details are always fascinating and thoroughly researched. I never fail to finish one of Anne Kelleher's books feeling both entertained and a little bit more educated.
In "The Highwayman," Elizabeth and Lord Neville are a well-matched pair, alternately romancing and distrusting each other. As their story unfolds, we see the face that Neville shows to the world, while Elizabeth slowly discovers the man he truly is. The growing tension between the couple, well after they have taken their marriage vows, allows the reader to savor the passion that must come once the two lovers finally believe in each other.
It's a great read. Don't miss "The Highwayman," and catch up on Ms. Kelleher's other books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An Irish Rogue to Love! 5 Mar. 2012
By Regan - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a good story set in Ireland in 1718. Kelleher does a good job of developing intriguing characters and paints vivid pictures of the conditions in Ireland at a time when the Irish suffered under English landlords who cared little for them.

One Irish earl, Neville, Earl of Clonmore, decides to do something for his people, so he becomes a "Robin Hood," a highwayman, "Gentleman Niall." Realizing he needs the Kilmara estate owned by Sir Oliver Wentworth to accomplish his night deeds, he gambles with Sir Oliver and wins the prize only to learn it is the dower property of Sir Oliver's daughter, Lady Elizabeth. As a result, Neville has gained more than Kilmara--he has gained a wife, an English noblewoman. When he meets Elizabeth, he is enthralled with the innocent beauty but he knows his other life and his scars from the past he wears on his face will keep them from any kind of real marriage so he vows to stay away from her.

A few nits that should have been caught: (1) Elizabeth is the daughter of a baronet, addressed as "Sir" like a knight but his daughter would be addressed as "Miss" not "Lady." (2) When he is wounded, he is too weak to lift her out of the bath but he could lift her down from a horse...what? (3) Rory O'Connell is killed on page 138 but is then seen taking place in a rescue attempt on page 248. (4) The cover photo is too modern; it shows the hero with short hair while Neville wears his hair long and tied back at the nape.

I still enjoyed this tale and recommend it.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A good romance 12 Sept. 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Irish aristocrat Lord Edmund Neville Fitzgerald wears a mask to cover a scar that mars his visage. However, at night he wears a mask, stealing money from his peers and giving it back to the poor like a Robin Hood hero. The local aristocracy loathes Gentleman Niall. In a card game with Lord Wentworth, Neville wins the Kilmara estate, but must marry his opponent's daughter Elizabeth, to whom the land is entailed, to gain the land.

Lady Elizabeth travels from her home in Ireland to meet her new betrothed Neville in Ireland. Nasty highwaymen attack her coach, but Gentleman Niall rescues her from the vile thugs. Elizabeth finds herself attracted to her savior, but knows she must marry her intended Lord Neville. When she meets her fiancé, Elizabeth realizes he is Gentleman Niall, who does not trust his new spouse as his enemies have hired a bounty hunter who believes Elizabeth can identify Gentleman Niall. To his chagrin, Neville wants his wife who loves him with all her heart.

The lead characters and the support cast feel genuine and the fast-paced story line is loaded with action. However, the attraction between Neville and Elizabeth takes a long time to start and even longer to connect, leaving the audience to wonder if the novel is historical fiction with a touch of romance instead of historical romantic suspense. Still, the tale is well written for those historical fans that enjoy a strong plot with the romance serving as a secondary vehicle.

Harriet Klausner
Five Stars 22 Mar. 2015
By MLB - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Probably my favorite novel from Anne Kelleher. I loved the setting and felt like I was there.
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