Jove, Aug 2002, 5.99, 272 pp.
In 1567 Ireland, Maura knows she needs to flee her home amidst the gypsies to escape the vile Gypsy who plans to force her into marrying him following the death of her father and subsequent loss of protection. She steals the horses of brothers Eamon and Cormac Riordan. Not needing two steeds, she returns Cormac's horse only to have Eamon catch her. However, she escapes after hitting Eamon with a rock.
Seven years later, Eamon visits his brother only to find Maura is governess to his nephews and nieces. Attracted to her fiery nature, Eamon uses his wiles to coax Maura into spending time with him. Soon Maura realizes she loves the Irish noble, but knows Eamon cannot have a gypsy as a wife.
Fans of sixteenth century Irish romances with a twist will relish Ana Seymour's tale IRISH GYPSY because the lead female protagonist provides a rare freshness with her background. The story line is at its best when it remains a love story between the arrogant aristocrat and the gallant Gypsy. When suspense is added through a murder and an accusation, readers will enjoy the subplot once Eamon becomes involved, but it does take away from the pleasure of a powerful historical romance that emphasizes love is the most powerful feeling of all.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner