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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Claddagh Ring by Sharon A. Donovan

The Claddagh Ring by Sharon A. Donovan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary; Inspirational
Length: Short (34 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Struggling with her faith after her mother’s death, Meghan O’Malley finds comfort in wearing the family Claddagh Ring, believed to be blessed by St. Patrick. When Meghan meets Rork, she finds love, friendship, and loyalty, but before everything comes full circle under God’s plan, Meghan must face the biggest challenge of her life.

Rork McGuire is ruggedly handsome, sings Celtic music straight from his soul, and has a dark secret. When he sees Meghan O’Malley, he falls hopelessly in love with her and wants nothing more than to give her his heart.

Will the secret he harbors bring them together—or pull them apart?

A melancholy aura washes through the start of Donovan’s "The Claddagh Ring." Evocative from the first line, true romantics will find their own heart touched, again and again. It’s a timely issue; timeless emotion. Bereft Meghan O’Malley decides, not without sorrow, to put the past in the past. She takes up her pragmatic post behind the bar with every intention of being the mischievous barmaid, and sets up banter with her guests. That is – right up till the new band’s lead singer, Rork, takes up a rendition of ‘Danny Boy.’ Rork has hypnotic blue eyes… and reads the meaning of the Claddagh ring she wears, more accurately than she does herself.

Donovan fits an awful lot in a small package! Her characters feel. Her dialogue is plausible. The backdrop pulls more emotion from the tale; from the plaintive strains of Danny Boy and the strumming harp to the hint of lavender, every sense is fed. With its heartfelt tone and endearing quality, this is an unabashed tear-jerking, heartwarming romance that wallows in emotion.

I just loved it.

I must just mention the incredibly appealing cover. Nice and nicer! 5 books


Sharon Donovan said...

Thank you for the wonderful review!

lastnerve said...

This is one of my personal favorites. I learned a lot about The Claddagh ring. I really hadn't heard of it before and the book was wonderful as well as informative. Loved it!

GladysMP said...

I had never heard of a Claddagh Ring and I find the idea of one intriguing. The review says this is a "tear jerker" when I usually would prefer to laugh, but I am still interested in reading the story for myself.

Refhater said...

This story looks really interesting, I can't wait to read it.

-Joelle B.

chey said...

Great review! The Claddagh Ring sounds like a story I want to read.