Thursday, May 16, 2013

Review: A Love By Any Measure by Killian McRae

A Love by Any Measure
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Title: A Love By Any Measure
Author: Killian McRae
Version Reviewed: Finished Copy, eBook

GoodReads Summary:
An Irish lass. An English lord.
A love that overcomes all boundaries, but at what cost?
Lord August Grayson, English landlord, has secretly, and much to the dismay of his father, held in reverence the object of his first fancy: poor Irish tenant Maeve O'Connor. Returning to Ireland for the first time since his youth, August discovers that Maeve has grown into a woman of beauty and tenacity. He understands, however, that he could offer Maeve nothing but shame if her pursued her. But when circumstances allow him an opportunity to indulge his fancy, even if only in a limited scope, August finds himself unable to resist the temptation.

Maeve,for her part, knows the danger falling for August holds, but finds her heart and her good senses becoming confused the longer she spends in his company. As two hearts become hopelessly entangled, both Maeve and August are forced to question the costs of their love. As consequences of their romance manifest, both struggle with the pain and difficulties their love causes, both for themselves and those who care for them.
Killian McRae's delve into historical romance will challenge reader's presumptions of the genre. A title garnering controversy due to McRae's preference towards historical truth versus genre-standard "love despite the realities of the day" perspectives, it asks at what cost winning love is justified. "A Love by Any Measure" is an exploration of a romance that strives to overcome divisions of cultural, socio-economic, and religious differences in an era where options for lovers in such situations were limited.
The fact that a lot of this book was set in Ireland was one of the first things that attracted me to it. I have always held a fascination for Ireland and Killian McRae did a wonderful job of satisfying my indulgences. Her characters and her words were beautiful in their English and Irish brogue.
The book starts out with quite a bit of sexual intimacy, but as you read on, it becomes something more. I found myself completely taken for a ride in the middle of the book and I was wondering what the heck was happening. The story line throws you for a loop with it's crafted twists and beautiful turns. I even found myself tearing up on more than one occasion.

I found it reminiscent of The Kissing Tree by Prudence Bice, which I also loved. If you enjoyed that one, you definitely need to read A Love By Any Measure.

Memorable Quotes:
"We are all equal in the sight of God. It is only in the eyes of man that we find the faults of the world within."
Favorite Character: August and Mauve.
Rating:  4 Stars.
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*This book was provided for free by the author for review.

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