Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Redeeming the Rogue by Donna MacMeans



Donna MacMeans is one author that I feel is underappreciated -- I first experienced her brilliant writing in The Education of Mrs Brimley (part 1 of the Chambers Family series) and I have been looking forward to her releases ever since.

This is the 3rd part of the series and it comes 2 years after part 2 was released. It was initially difficult to recall the story of the 2 other Chambers siblings but MacMeans is able to incorporate their stories seamlessly into this 3rd installment without disrupting the actual plot.

Arianne is an interesting heroine -- she did a foolish thing and is trying to escape the scandal of her foolishness. She agrees to assist Michael Rafferty uncover a plot to overthrow the British government and travels to America with him.

Her position is lofty -- being the daughter of a former duke and the sister of the current one -- but she is aware of her imperfections. When she finally admits to Rafferty about her indiscretion, it is a heartbreaking revelation. Her honesty and regret are felt from the page.

Michael Rafferty is also an odd hero -- he is Irish and wants freedom for Ireland but he is helping the British government. He is caught between his ties to his homeland and his loyalty to the Crown.

The two start out hating each other -- expecting the worst of each other but, during the sea voyage to America, they discover that they are alike in so many ways.

Their love develops gradually and it is wonderful when they finally admit their feelings to each other.

I hope MacMeans follows this up soon -- I wouldn't want to wait another 2 years for a new book from her.

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