Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wild Irish Rose by Deborah L. Weikel

I enjoyed reading Wild Irish Rose written by Deborah L. Weikel. It is a delightful story that takes you through what it must have been like to be an Irish immigrant in 1865 and how coming to America was both a dream and a nightmare for some as the Irish suffered many unfair persecutions. It takes awhile to get into the story because of the heavy usage of Irish language that Deborah has skillfully woven into the fabric of her story, but once you do, you'll have a hard time not using a wee bit of it yerself!

Though I would have liked to see more of the back story shown rather than mentioned, the story itself has a fair amount of intrigue. Deborah has created strong characters who stay true to their personalities and quirks--it's often disappointing when you become endeared to a character because of their quirks and find that the author doesn't carry their distinctive personalities to the end of the book. Well, you won't be disappointed with Deborah's characters! Rosaleen O'Shay is a spirited young woman with a quick temper who never looses her strong personality to the end of the story. That was part of Wild Irish Rose's charm.

The story starts out in Pennsylvania, where the O'Shay family have temporarily settled after arriving from Ireland in search of their dream to create a homestead in California. But times are tough for an immigrant and after a few unfortunate mishaps, the reader begins to wonder how they will ever make it to California.

Blaise Cameron is a young man who has been at war for the past four years and is now on his way back to his father's ranch in California. He has a mysterious reason to be looking for a mail-order bride, and when Rosaleen's parents arrange a marriage between the two--sparks fly and neither one can hardly stand to be in the same room with the other. What follows is an interesting story that will keep you wondering and hoping that Rosaleen and Blaise can somehow work through their differences.

Though a little troubled with a particular scene, I did find Wild Irish Rose to be a good story and definitely entertaining.

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