- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: The Gortcullinane Press (7 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997407603
- ISBN-13: 978-0997407600
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,145,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Beyond Derrynane: A Novel of Eighteenth Century Europe: Volume 1 (The Derrynane Saga) Paperback – 7 Jul 2016
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“This was such a wonderful novel . . . a family saga and the first in a series, It starts with Eileen’s arranged marriage and then sweeps across Europe where (she and her sister, Abigail) find themselves in the Habsburg court . . .the story is very captivating, I loved getting to know Eileen and Abby as . . . the waves of their life took them. The book was wonderfully researched and descriptive. It’s full of history and family drama . . . just what I love in historical fiction . . . I really can’t wait to see what happens next with the family . . . Superb.” – © The Mistress of the Dark, A Chick Who Reads
"Beyond Derrynane is the first novel of a very compelling new historical fiction series. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Mr. O’Connell took us to Ireland, France and Austria and each place seemed so very real and wonderful. The characters are alive and vibrant. Eileen is a strong woman who never forgets who she is and will never be taken for granted.' – © Kinx’s Book Nook
“Beyond Derrynane is one of those historical fiction stories that you hate to put down. A novel written about a family as large as the O'Connells is an especially interesting read as it is somewhat based on fact. Mr. O'Connell definitely has the Irish trait of being able to tell an interesting story.” – © Kathleen Kelly, A Celtic Lady Reviews
“Rich. Inviting. And vividly detailed in the time, people and the activities around them. This journey of two Irish sisters, Abigail and Eileen, was filled with court life, intrigue, drama, choices, plotting, love, romance, family, and more. This was just the first of a four-book series of the Derrynane Saga. This first book was captivating with historical facts and recounting events that may or may not have occurred.” – © The Book Junkie Reads
“This book is the story of Eileen O’Connell for the most part. It is the first in a (saga) about the O’Connell family of Derrynane, Ireland – a family that lived (lives) from a place that exists . . . . I found the life of this young woman to be very interesting and it’s a point of view not usually seen in the books that I read. I’ll look forward to the next . . . two books in the (saga)." - © Patricia Woodland, Broken Teepee
"“Well researched, exceptionally detailed and highly informative! . . . This story takes us back into the 1760s, when women were considered mere objects and independence was unheard of, and gives us an in-depth look into the life and loves of the author’s ancestors. . .It is ultimately a story about family relationships, betrayal, wealth, adventure, self discovery, fulfillment and love. . .The writing is well done with beautiful imagery. . . the plot unfolds chronologically with a good mix of historical fact, authentic dialogue, and heartfelt emotion that keeps the story flowing from start to finish . . ." © What's Better Than Books
“This was an interesting read. Eileen was an interesting character and I am curious to follow her story further. Abigail was entertaining; I think I liked Abigail more than I liked Eileen honestly... when the ending came, I was upset, I wanted it to keep going. I really want to see what is next for Eileen and her sister. . .an excellent opening book to the saga. . . the characters were interesting and the story was addicting . . .” © Carole’s Ramblings, The Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
About the Author
Kevin O'Connell is a native of New York City and a descendant of a young officer of what had—from 1690 to 1792—been the Irish Brigade of the French army, believed to have arrived in French Canada following the execution of Queen Marie Antoinette in October of 1793. At least one grandson subsequently returned to Ireland and Mr. O'Connell's own grandparents came to New York in the early twentieth century. He holds both Irish and American citizenship.
He is a graduate of Providence College and Georgetown University Law Centre.
For more than four decades, O'Connell has practiced international business transactional law, primarily involving direct-investment matters, throughout Asia (principally China), Europe, and the Middle East.The father of five children and grandfather of ten, he and his wife, Laurette, live with their golden retriever, Katie, near Annapolis, Maryland.
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This story takes us back into the 1760s, when women were considered mere objects and independence was unheard of, and gives us an in-depth look into the life and loves of the author’s ancestors.
It is ultimately a story about family relationships, betrayal, wealth, adventure, self discovery, fulfillment and love.
The writing is well done with beautiful imagery. The main characters are two Irish sisters; Abigail the homely, kind, content older sister; and Eileen the strong, determined, daring younger one. And the plot unfolds chronologically with a good mix of historical fact, authentic dialogue, and heartfelt emotion that keeps the story flowing from start to finish.
This is the first book in “The Derrynane Saga” and I look forward to reading the continuation of Eileen’s story in the next novel in the series when it is published.
The first book in The Derrynane Saga does feel like an introduction to the O'Connell family. It's an interesting period and I found the change from Ireland to the court of Empress Maria Theresa in Vienna interesting, but I also felt that the passing was a bit slow and to be honest I struggled with the book now and then. But, at the same time, I felt that this book is very well researched and put together. Although I was a bit torn about Eileen and Abigale time in Vienna. I wanted to enjoy it, but I felt that not much happened, not enough drama. Everything was cheerful and nice and it got a bit too much in the end. The book started off strong, but the last half lacked the intensity. At the same time, was I intrigued by the situation in Europe, and Empress Maria Theresa and her children and what the future will bring. For instance, at first, I didn't know who Archduchess Maria Antonia was, but a comment in the book made me check up Maria Theresa's children and that made me realize that Maria Antoni would one day be known as Marie Antoinette. She is the future queen of France and reading about her as a child was tinged with sadness, knowing her fate.
The Derrynane Saga did perhaps not spellbind me, but it's a well written and definitely well-researched book and perfect for history buffs.
I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased!
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There are two very distinctive parts of this book. First, we see Eileen’s tumultuous marriage to John O’Connor. Their marriage began in violence and ended with a mutual fondness. Eileen’s strength gave her the courage to overcome incredible abuse and take control of her life. She refuses to be the damsel in distress. She will save herself. She is an amazing character who I would like to see more of. Next, we see her life in Vienna where she tries find a different path.
The Court of Maria Theresa was truly magnificent. I really appreciated that Mr. O’Connell did not dwell on the drama and negativity of a royal court. It was fresh and robust. Eileen’s relationship with the future Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. I’m really looking forward to see how Eileen’s relationship with her will continue once she goes to France.
Beyond Derrynane is a very good start to a very compelling series. I look forward to the next installments. I want to know how each character develops and discover where their journeys take them.