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Mistress of the Waters Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 1999
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A beautiful modern-day woman travels back in time and finds love with a handsome Irish outcast.'
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Enter the hero Ian. Ian, an aspiring bard is an appallingly lazy man obsessed with womanizing and avoiding his responsibilities. Fed up with his laziness, his father punishes him by sentencing him to herd cattle for one year. Yes. You read it right folks. Herd cattle(!) As if this were not bad enough, he is also forced to marry a widow named Clodagh.
Enter Shannon, who has now succeeded in time traveling back to Ireland. Found by Ian, she is brought back to the fort on the night of Beltane, and forced to marry him as his `Beltane Wife,' before Ian begins his yearlong sentence as a cowherd. They frolic in the hills for a while, before Shannon learns the truth... That Ian is already married to Clodagh. Can their love survive the test of time?
I really didn't like this book. I thought Ian was a miserable immature user who never seemed to grow up. I never found him particularly romantic or, desirable. Shannon was a typical romance heroine, with no real personality and no backbone. Some of the descriptions were well written, however many of the characters talked and acted like modern people, despite being set in ancient Ireland. The husband's bigamy was a real turn off for me and poorly handled. Overall... I cannot really recommend this novel. It was disappointing on too many levels
The main sticking point with other reviewers seems to be Ian's "bigamy" or "cheating on his pregnant wife" so call me a scandalous hussy, but I didn't find that offputting in the slightest. It's a ROMANCE NOVEL - of course the baby his "wife" was carrying wasn't his.
However, I found it pretty hard to warm to Ian - and those long fingernails were quite the turn off. He was very childish and immature at the beginning of the book, and while he did become a better man, I just couldn't see what it was that made Shannon, our heroine, fall in love with him other than the fact he reminded he of a man she knew in her own time.
Shannon herself was a fairly sad and depressing character - and something of a spoilt brat "I miss my life as a rich girl" and that got old relatively quickly.
However, the author obviously has an interest in Ireland/Erie and has done a lot of research about life in old Ireland. One minor sticking point (and this involves a spoiler) when Shannon and Ian go back to her time at the end of the book there is no mention of Shannon needing to teach him english, especially as such a big deal was made of her speaking Gaelic in Eire.
In any case, the book was okay - but nothing special.
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