“Her desires and the things her faith led her to do had always aligned. Until this moment. Now, they threatened to tear her asunder.”
During unrest in Ireland, Lady Annabeth De Lacy has come to Galway when her father is appointed Landlord. As an obedient daughter, she puts family interests first promising to marry for an advantageous connection.
This is a first-hand look at the struggles of the era and the life of a jeweler in Galway. The story, built around the Claddagh symbol, is very interesting and the Claddagh is applied to spiritual truths: “What better way to express love, loyalty and friendship than what our Lord did for us on the cross?”
Forbidden love, clashes between countries and classes, and things done out of obligation are played out in this colorful tale in Ireland. Walking through the pages of this novel, you will find danger, attraction and dreams hoped for and quashed. But most of all you will find loyalty, friendship, and love.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid faith thread.
Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than run his family's jewelry shop. Having had his heart broken, he no longer believes in love and is weary of peddling the "lies" the Claddagh Ring promises.
Meanwhile, as the war for Irish independence gains strength, many locals resent the De Lacys and decide to take things into their own hands to display their displeasure. As events take a dangerous turn for Annabeth and her family, she and Stephen begin to see that perhaps the "other side" isn't quite as barbaric and uncultured as they'd been led to believe--and that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty are only made stronger when put through the refiner's fire.
Travel to the Emerald Isle for another poignant and romantic story from the enchanted pen of Jennifer Deibel.