Maid of Killarney Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jove, Dec 2002,
ISBN: 0515134155

In 1576, urged on by his friends the Riordan brothers after the latest round of peace talks with the Queen failed, a weary John Black goes home to Killarney for some peace and rest. However, on the trek homeward, John interrupts some lads dunking a young lady in Cotter's Pond. The trio tests whether the lass is a witch. They toss the bundle containing the girl into the water before fleeing. The bundle sinks to the bottom, but he dives in and rescues the child. He takes her to her home in Whistler's Woods.
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John brings little Daphne safely to her concerned mother Lily, but both quickly leave him with not much beyond a bit of gratitude, wanting him on his way. A bit stunned not just by their attitude, but that Lily is clearly high born, John leaves. However, John cannot forget the two females so he persists on becoming part of their lives even after learning that Daphne's clubfoot make them pariahs at best and witches at worst.

Readers will find Ana Seymour's latest Irish historical romance absorbing due to the pleasing lead couple and the mature Daphne struggling in a world that condemns her. The story line is more character study than the typical sub-genre novel, but the audience will see more of the inner goodness of John and Lily while also observing the reaction of the townsfolk towards the innocent but physically handicapped Daphne.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   poor loving rich Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Children/Pregnancy:    -   kid(s) make adults sensitive

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   homemaker


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Ireland

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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