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Review of A Woman of Courage by Marlow Kelly w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @want2write


A Woman of Courage

by Marlow Kelly




GENRE: Historical Romance






When an injured Fianna Byrne turns up at Connell O’Neill’s gate twelve years after their separation he knows this could be his last chance to find happiness with the woman he loves.


False accusations against Fianna had strained relations between their clans and forced Connell, under Irish law, to divorce her. Their disastrous three-month relationship left Fianna pregnant and heartbroken. She has avoided Duncarraig and her ex-husband ever since.


But with her home obliterated by the Vikings, Fianna must face her past in order to save her son, and prove once and for all she is a woman of courage.




Excerpt Three:


Connell held Fianna’s hand as he led her inside. Was this really happening or was it a dream? He had to turn around and check. He had imagined this moment for the last twelve years. His attraction to her was more than physical. He enjoyed her fire, and her spirit. She lived by her own moral code and did not bend to the will of others without reason. These were the characteristics his father had abhorred, but then, Seamus had enjoyed weak women. Pretty, mindless things he could hang on his arm.


Had his father been threatened by Fianna’s strength? After she was gone, Connell had come to realize her depth of character made her special. She had been his confidante, lover, and friend. Her intelligence did not overwhelm his intellect, as his father had suggested, but enhanced it. For those brief months he enjoyed her counsel, and had missed it every day since.


He glanced at her again. Even with everything that had happened this night she had the bearing of a queen, an indomitable woman who could never be conquered.




I’m such a sucker for anything Irish.  Most peeps like the Scots, which I do, but since I’m Irish it strikes a chord with me.  What hooked with this one was the medieval setting.  It was interesting reading about divorce during this time and it shows how much the author did her research on the subject.  Another element that I found fascinating was who the invaders were in the story.  And no, I’m not going to tell you.  😉

Connell was a great hero.  Through all of the years he was still in love with Fianna.  Blinded by his father and wanting to do what his father wanted him to do was in a word…horrible.  But at the same time, heartbreaking.  But once the truth finally came out, I could totally understand why he did what he did but also, Fianna’s pain and rejection.

We don’t get to see their son but he is mentioned.  I would have liked to have gotten to know him but he was at his foster family’s place.  And yes, that’s a real thing.  Again, research is key.  Fianna is also a great heroine.  Stubborn to a fault but also still in love with Connell.  Watching these two admit that they were still in love was a treat.

If you looking for a quick, fun and emotional read with a medieval twist, this is for you.  If I had a couple of compliants is that I wished it were longer (just because I loved the setting and the characters) and would have liked to gotten to know their son.  Oh and did I mention their banter?  No, OMG…that’s like the best part of the book.  Listening to Connell and Fianna talk to each other.  Funny, emotional and at times maddening but awesome.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


After being thrown out of England for refusing to drink tea, Marlow Kelly made her way to Canada where she found love, a home and a pug named Max. She also discovered her love of storytelling. Encouraged by her husband, children and let’s not forget Max, she started putting her ideas to paper. Her need to write about strong women in crisis drives her stories and her curiosity regarding the lives and loves of historical figures are the inspiration for her characters. You can visit Marlow at www.marlowkelly.com.


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16 thoughts on “Review of A Woman of Courage by Marlow Kelly w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @want2write

    1. I’ve always had stories whirling around in my head, but I did even think about writing them down until I became middle-aged. I woke up one day and realized if I didn’t do it now then it wasn’t going to happen.

  1. Thanks for the great review. Love the excerpt. I love reading about both Scotland and Ireland characters. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    1. I agree Mary, As a writer I’m very grateful to reviewers like Harlie for sharing their time, thought’s and experience.

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