When an impoverished Irish maid resists the assault of her loutish English master while her fiance's brother Aidan fights with and kills the collector of the rents there can be only one outcome in Alexis Harrington's poignant tale, The Irish Bride. Elopement and escape to America seem the only alternative for Farrell Kirwan after her reckless resistance. But instead of her fiance, Liam, Farrell marries his brother Aidan O'Rourke, and they set sail for New Orleans. Family complications heighten Farrell's travails. Not only is she married to the wrong brother, but Aidan O'Rourke's victim was her own brother Michael. Blinding herself to her brother's faults and refusing to see the best of Aidan, Farrell vows to keep her love for Liam alive. Englishman Noel Cardwell, pressured by his father to redeem himself, is determined to pursue the pair and bring them to justice. One to bed, the other, dead, thinks he. Alexis Harrington evokes the wistful troubles of the Irish in this splendid tale.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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