In this second installment to the Emerald Isle Trilogy, the story takes place several years after the first ended and we come to learn more of the fate of our characters. How did they overcome such seemingly insurmountable tragedy or have they? Can time really heal all wounds?
Although Dægan’s people still mourn over events long past, they have chosen to rise above and rebuild after the devastation that befell their lives. Many still have trouble coming to terms with the past and obtaining the much needed and deserved peace that seems to be just on the horizon. The next generation is being born and with it comes new roles, titles, and responsibilities for many of the people on Inis Mór. Although the Northmen and the Irish have mostly come to terms with their living arrangements, there are still inner battles for power. Tentative truces will now be tested as new threats emerge.
In this story, we learn more of the man Breandán has grown to be since the fateful decisions he made in the first story. Those decisions set into motion a cataclysm of events that no one could have predicted, but one thing for Breandán that has never changed is his love for Mara. His prayers for one final visit with her have been answered, but at what price? Before long, he finds himself making another fateful decision with again no way of knowing how dire the consequences will be.
Mara is struggling to be the parents her son needs her to be. She looks for and finds assistance within her island family to help give Lochlann the guidance he needs, but something is still missing. Tait has a solution he tries to impose on her, but Mara knows in her heart it would be a mistake and she questions if she is ready or even capable of making the decision. When news comes of the Connacht king’s deadly illness and his invitation for her to come see him one last time, she’s apprehensive to accept. Her soul can only take so much heartache, but she is unable to refuse him. Mara’s growth throughout the story is tremendous considering where she started. I have nothing but complete respect for her.
Much of this story is about choices and remembering the simple pleasures in life that sometimes get taken for granted as well as resolving to learn from past mistakes and then do better. I will admit to being skeptical that this story would capture me as much as the first had, but I was blown away by the awesomeness that is Mac Liam. Ms. Vincent surpassed all of my expectations with her impressive writing abilities, while offering more incites and revelations that will keep readers coming back for more. Readers should be warned of the emotional turmoil they will face once again while reading this incredible story. I eagerly anticipate the next story in this trilogy, yet already mourn the finality.
A tortured soul….
Breandán Mac Liam, the strapping young hunter from Ireland’s lush forests, is in love with Mara, an ineligible beautiful princess. For seven long years, he has been vividly haunted by her memory, taunted by the throes of his heartache. And not even the thought of her marriage to a Northman can extinguish the fierce, burning desire running rampant through his soul.
An innocent heart….
Mara, the spirited Connacht princess, has no idea she is the object of the Irishman’s longing. She is living out her days on Inis Mór, raising a troubled son and trying to endure the cruel loneliness that afflicts her heart.
A deadly secret….
Ordered by the king on his deathbed, Breandán must return to Mara and bring her through the perilous lands of Connacht to fulfill her father’s last dying wish. But as their worlds collide, Breandán not only finds himself wrapped in the arms of Mara’s embrace, but thrown into a struggle to defend his honor.
With Mara caught between the family she loves and the father she knows, can Breandán uncover the mystery of her past and still protect her from a secret that threatens them all?