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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Luck of the Irish by Mallary C. Mitchell

Luck of the Irish by Mallary C. Mitchell
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (62 Pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Fennel

Sergeant Ian O'Reilly must find his brother, captured by Confederate forces, but he needs a little luck. Ian's company occupies New Bern, North Carolina, but New Bern holds many treasured memories including those of the lovely southern belle, Olivia Coltrane who stole his heart.

Olivia Coltrane doesn't think about the war. Her parents' deaths has forced her to work as a nurse to support herself and her daughter. When a group of soldier come under her care, she is devastated to find Ian among the wounded. Can their love be rekindled, or does this Yankee have a hidden agenda?

Set in 1864, this story takes place in less than twenty-four hours, and yet the author skilfully, and without one extraneous word, provides the past of both Ian, the hero, and Livy, the heroine.

Love in war is often destined to wither before it can fully bloom, so the problems faced by Livy, the daughter of Confederate parents, and Ian, an Irish émigré fighting for the Yankees, appear to have no resolution and their relationship no future.

Ms. Mitchell took an old converted church, a choir room full of enemy wounded soldiers and put the heroine in their midst and created a powerful tale of love and betrayal, lies and truth exposed.

Her writing is powerful and her use of every word creates images and emotions that flow off the page. Her antagonist is rarely mentioned and yet her impact hovers in the background from the start to almost the final page of the story.

The author applies the same powerful impact to her secondary characters, who never-the-less do not for one moment threaten to overwhelm our hero and heroine. Ms. Mitchell is a new author to me, but I will be looking for more of her books in the future.

If you enjoy reading American history, then you will enjoy this book. If you enjoy a story written with an economy of words few writers achieve and still maintain maximum input, then you will enjoy this story. If you enjoy a love story that triumphs against the odds, then don’t let this story slip by you.

The combination of the above makes this a story that stands out and will be remember long after the last page is turned.