The Dawn of Ireland, Book 1
Mainstream Romance, Fantasy, Historical
Rating: 2 Cups
Caylith is the leader of immigrants whom she is leading to Éire following a charismatic Father Patrick she has met earlier in Britannia. Impressed by him, she swears her allegiance to him–if he ever needs her, she and her army will be there to fight by his side. Furthermore, she pledges she will not commit the sin of fornication, even though she is not very religious.
Liam O’Neill is the son of High King Leary, who Caylith has saved and is given a land in Éire as a reward. Strongly attracted to Caylith, they have gone separate ways due to a misunderstanding. Now that Liam knows the truth, he will break every rule to win her love back.
Even though Liam and Caylith are very much attracted to each other, language differences prevent their communications. With the help of Michael and other clan members, they go on a journey to communicate and get to know one another well. On the cusp of womanhood, Caylith finds it increasingly difficult not to commit the sin of fornication, while Liam tries his best to honor her pledge. At the same time, an old enemy is plotting to destroy the hard earned peace and gain back Caylith’s land by kidnapping Liam. Will Caylith be able to rescue Liam, keep her chastity yet be with Liam? Or will the enemy succeed, while the other man in Caylith’s life comes back to claim her from Liam?
My very first impression of this book was ‘Uhhhhh…’ It has taken me a long time to make myself finish it. Some parts I get, others leave me confused or frustrated. In the end, I feel weird. Before writing this review, I have gone to the author’s website and read her blogs regarding this book, which has made me see it in a completely new way. So I have gone back, read it again, and found it less confusing, a bit more entertaining. Why do I still give it low rating? For someone like me, who knows nothing about the background of Ireland, Father Patrick, etc. this is confusing and long. The interactions and situations between Liam and Caylith are a tad annoying. Everyone else feels too friendly and loving to be realistic. It feels like the author is trying to put in all the information in a limited word count. Maybe a small prologue or forward about background may have made it a lot better on first read. For a history and Christian books’ buff, this would be a fascinating and adventurous read. On the other hand, people with no previous know-how about that era will be left out. I would recommend reading the author blogs about the background story before reading this book.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More