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3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

It had been a daring and dangerous deception, but Linna O'Neill had made it to America, fleeing Ireland with the legendary Irish rebel Rory Desmond, now an American colonial. Rory believed he was marrying a young heiress - not her illegitimate sister - and he never dreamed of his marriage of convenience would be fired by a flame-haired beauty whose blazing
Paperback, 361 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Avon Books (first published November 1988)
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Regan Walker
4 and Stars! The Irish in America, an Adventure in the New World

I love French’s stories and was pleased to find this one set in America at the beginning of the French and Indian war. It was a time when many Irish left Ireland fleeing the English for a better life. Such was Rory Desmond, who in 1743, helped by a young girl, fled to the Maryland Colony to become a tobacco planter.

Ten years later, in 1753, the wife he loved is dead and with his debts piling up around him and a young baby, he decid
"She opened to meet him as a flower opens for the morning sun, and they blended like dry earth and spring rain.

*rolls eyes*

Linna O'Neill, illegitimate daughter of some Irish lord (earl, I think). Her legitimate half-sister is promised in marriage to colonial (and Irish rebel) Rory Desmond, but she's got her heart set on being a nun, so the girls plan a switcheroo. Rory still gets an Irish bride, plus the big dowry he needs to fund his Maryland property and no one is the wiser.

Yes, I know that's
Janice Hougland
Nov 07, 2014 Janice Hougland rated it it was amazing
As is oft said of authors when first introduced to a reader: This was my first book by Ms. French and it was so lovely and exciting…that ‘twill not be my last! In fact, I have two others by Ms. French that I will be reading soon and I’m really looking forward to some wonderful reading hours in her world. That said, I will tell you that this story of Rory and Linna was so full of daring adventure, suspense, and passion that the effects of living in that story for a few hours will stay with me for ...more
Theresa Brandt
Just average

Windsong started off slow and struggled from time to time with uneven, often contradictory, characterization. Some of the characters, especially Rory and his mother. Judith seemed to turn on a dime--cold, critical or aloof at one juncture and then with little explanation or provocation, loving and complimentary in the next moment. While the book has a reasonably interesting plot, I just had a hard time engaging with the characters.
Louiseann Walter
Very insightful.

I really enjoyed reading about the Irish and how they treated their offspring born on the wrong side of the blanket. I am glad Linna found love with Rory and he did remember her from years before.
Feb 07, 2015 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little boring

This was kind of long and off topic to me. I had a hard time staying interested in this story.
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Judith E. French is the award-winning author of over thirty novels. Her recent contemporary suspenses received rave reviews from critics and readers alike. She is sold world-wide and her books are translated to more than a dozen languages. Judith lives with her husband and assorted dogs and cats in a restored 18th century farmhouse in rural Delaware. She is descended from early Scottish and ...more
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