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Call Home the Heart
by Shannon Farrell

Category: Fiction / Historical
0 pages; ISBN: 0843954752

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Call Home the Heart
Shannon Farrell
Leisure, Dec 2004, $5.99
ISBN: 0843954752

In the early 1840s in Ireland, Lochlan loves his home Barnakilla but fears that he will have to confront the abusive owner Augustine Caldwell eventually though he knows altercation means losing. However, his anticipated quarrel will wait as Augustine has left on his honeymoon in Dublin with his new wife Muirecann. Lochlan prays that Muirecann somehow mellows her spouse into caring more for the well-being of his tenants, but expects she will end up another abused victim. Instead, Augustine commits suicide leaving a stunned Muirecann to return home in scandal.

Muirecann tries to do the right thing with the people working the land though she has pressure from Augustine’s family who question why he took his life when he seemed to have everything to live for. Needing an ally, she turns to Lochlan for help as they share a love for the land. As the potato famine spreads, Lochlan and Muirecann fall in love, but now he falls under suspicion of killing Augustine as he has several publicly known motives.

This is an engaging historical romance with a touch of a who-done-it that emphasizes the setting during a period when people are in trouble. Shannon Farrell provides a powerful picture of a not so enchanted Ireland that in spite of the food shortage still paints quite a magical land especially seen through the hero’s eyes. Readers will agree the lead couple belongs together although the odds of achieving that seem astronomical; in spite of their solid believable duet and a strong supportive cast inside a deep historical, 1840s Eire is the soul of CALL HOME THE HEART.

Harriet Klausner

 

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