Jove, Oct 2002, 5.99, 261 pp.
In 1893 American Katherine Rourke learns she has inherited property in County Wicklow, Ireland. Escorted by her uncle, she journeys across the ocean with the intent of selling BALLYROURKE, but is stunned by the beauty of the estate that she inherited from her grandmother. Katherine also quickly learns more about the feud between the Irish O'Rourkes and the British Lawthrops with her deceased parents being from both families.
BALLYROURKE estate manager Colin MacCormack wants to buy back the property for his family clan even as Katherine plans to sell the estate so that she can use the proceeds to build an orphanage in her homeland. To their chagrin, Colin and Katherine are attracted to one another. However, he knows she has to be the enemy as her escort is the most hated person in the county and she recognizes that she is not staying in Ireland much longer. Then there are her malevolent mischief-maker of an uncle, the good intentional matchmaking of his relatives, and the machinations of the fairies that split the duo further making permanent impossible.
BALLYROURKE is a wonderful historical romantic suspense that seems magical when Linda O'Brien describes the land, the people, and the fairies. The lead couple is a delightful duo whose distrust of one another conflicts with their desires. Though her uncle is a key player in terms of propelling the tale forward, his evil deeds never sit well inside a breathtakingly beautiful and often lyrical late nineteenth century romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner