Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Irish Bride - Alexis Harrington

I don't know why I got this book, I think I probably confused it the The Bridal Veil which was on my wish list and it's about a mail order bride. I can't resist one of those every once in a while.

Farrell Kirwan thought she was in love with Liam O'Rourke, not his wild and unpredictable brother Aidan. But when a family crisis forces her hand, she finds herself Aidan's wife, boarding a ship bound for America--leaving Ireland and Liam behind. Secretly, Farrell resolves that it will be a marriage in name only . . .

Aidan harbors a taste for adventure and an unrequited love for Farrell Kirwan. He will not be deterred and knows that he can win her trust and heart. But a menace that has been tracking them from all the way back home threatens to destroy everything they have built together unless they can join forces and place their faith in each other--and the power of love . . .

It's not that I didn't like the book but more that I was bored by it. I think most of Farrell and Aidan's problems were because they didn't speak with each other. They have to run away to America and not once does Aidan tell her he loves her, or that he is working too hard because he is afraid they wont have enough again... and Farrell never tells him how she starts loving him, never even tries to reason with him when he says he will let her leave... and after the villain has pursued them for the whole book we don't even have a closure scene with the villain being defeated... Despite the hardships I think the part I enjoyed more was the trip to America, on the boat they seemed to have reached some level of relationship. After they get to America there were too many external elements again.
I wanted more!

Grade: C


  1. I skimmed this one a couple of years ago and had the same reaction. Other readers seem to really like Harrington's books, but of the couple I've tried I've always felt a sense of "detachment" with them.

  2. Oh Goodie! I'm not alone! One of those you tried was not the Bridal Veil by any chance?

  3. Not that one - but Allie's Moon. And believe me, I know a lot of readers who loved that book! It was "OK," but didn't knock my socks off and I couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about. Pleasant but unmemorable.


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