As the son of a great Irish warrior, Faol n Burke should have inherited vast lands and the castle, Glencurragh. But tensions grow in 1634 Ireland, as English plantation systems consume traditional clan properties, Irish families are made homeless, and Irish sons lose their inheritance. Encountering the beautiful heiress, Vivienne FitzGerald, Faol n believes if they were to marry, together they could restore his stolen heritage and build a prosperous life. But, because the Earl of Cork protects her, abduction seems to be his only option. Best friend Aengus O'Daly narrates as he and the brothers Thomas and Sean Barry help Faol n to complete the deed, and hasten to the Earl of Barrymore, who has promised to negotiate the marriage settlement. But Vivienne clearly has a mind of her own, and the adventure that began as a lark takes a dark turn when one man is injured, another is killed, and their plans for Barrymore's support go awry. Faol n now finds himself in the crossfire between the four most powerful men in Ireland-the earls of Clanricarde, Cork, Ormonde, and the aggressive new Lord Deputy of Ireland, Thomas Wentworth-men who use people like game pieces to be moved about for their own benefit. And other forces threaten their plans, and even their lives. With the course of events now beyond their control, will Faol n and Vivienne ever realize the dream of Glencurragh?This book combines fascinating historical detail with an immersive sense of a remarkable place, the beautiful southwest of Ireland. Available in hard cover, soft cover and e-book.
About the Author
Nancy Blanton is the award-winning author of novels based primarily in Irish history. The Prince of Glencurragh, her second published novel, is set in 1634 prior to the great rebellion of 1641. Her first novel, Sharavogue, takes place in Ireland and the West Indies. Both books have won first place for historical fiction in Florida's Royal Palm Literary Awards. Her business book, Brand Yourself Royally in 8 Simple Steps, won the silver medal, Florida Authors and Publishers Association, and has become the basis for her personal branding workshops. Other works include a children's book, The Curious Adventure of Roodle Jones; the award-winning Heaven on the Half Shell: the Story of the Pacific Northwest's Love Affair with the Oyster (co-author); and Rising Tides and Tailwinds, a corporate history book for the Port of Seattle centennial (project leader). Her blog, My Lady's Closet, focuses on writing, books, historical fiction, research and travel. Blanton has worked as a journalist, magazine editor, corporate communications leader and brand manager. She has won numerous awards for professional leadership, writing, advertising and public relations products. She lives in Florida.