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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Golden Cross...Review

About the book:
"It is said that as Cahira, daughter of the great Irish king Rory O'Connor, lay dying of a wound from a Norman blade, she lifted her hand toward heaven and beseeched God that others would follow after her, bright stars who would break forth from the courses to which they are bound and restore right in this murderous world..."

To Kathleen O'Connor, Cahira's story is nothing more than a charming legend-until her research divulges that several of Cahira's heirs did, indeed, leave the traditional roles of womanhood to fight for right. Stunned, Kathleen realizes she herself bears Cahira's mark. Is Kathleen destined to continue the legacy in the twenty-first century?

To discover how the histories of these women relate to her own future, Kathleen must delve deep into the past to learn the truth about The Heirs of Cahira O'Connor...

Aidan O'Connor was raised among pickpockets and prostitutes in a Dutch colony on Java, Indonesia. But when a world-famous cartographer discovers her natural artistic talent, she is given a chance to leave her troubled life behind. Disguised as a boy, Aidan joins her benefactor at sea and begins the work of drawing the flora and fauna of the new world. This fresh beginning holds far more than adventure, however. It also holds a great love. But can this love survive the force of Aidan's past...and her ambitions for her future?I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. It seemed like another sappy Christian romance, but once I got into it, it was somewhat compelling. I liked the characters and the story line was fairly easy to follow and somewhat predictable.

The historical aspect about the early days of cartography and the mapping of the globe was interesting. It's a light, easy read, but nothing stellar. I liked the characters and it was a nice diversion.

This is the second of the Heirs of Cahira O'Connor series. I have not read the first one, The Silver Sword. While I enjoyed this one, the jury is still out on whether I'll look for the others.

Thanks to Liz Johnson of WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Random House, for the opportunity to review this book. You can purchase your own copy here.

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