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 leads her into adventure–and to a great love. But can this love survive the force of Aidan’s past…and her ambitions for her future?
About the Author:
Angela Elwell Hunt is the best-selling author of over sixty titles. The Velvet Shadow follows The Silver Sword and The Golden Cross, the first two novels in the exciting Heirs of Cahira O’Connor Series. Angela and her husband Gary live in Florida with their two teenagers.
This is the second book in the Waterbrook Multnomah Value Fiction Blog Tour that I recieved and I am so glad that I did. I have always enjoyed reading Angela’s books and am not sure why this is one series I missed by her! She has a talent all her own and an ability to fully capture her reader within the first pages of her books. I was unfortunate, however, to not have had the pleasure of reading her first book in The Heirs of Cahira O’Conner series, The Silver Sword. But I am pleased to say that The Golden Cross, book 2, is a highly enjoyable read,captivating and, if you’re a big fan of Angela’s work as I am, it is easily read as a stand alone title.
It is a bit of both a historical and contemporary story. The beginning and the ends are in present time telling of research that Kathleen O’Connor is doing to find out about the other women in Cahira O’Connor’s family line that have the unmistakable mark of a white strip of hair above the ear on one side, while the middle goes back into history and tells of Aidan O’Connor’s story and how she longed for a better life outside of Indonesia and escapes to that better life. It’s life on a sea coming to a better country and it is fully captivating. Going back into time and seeing, through the eyes of Aidan, the clothes and the way of history life, was just absolutely amazing. God shines through throughout the story making this an even more wonderful read.
Sadly, the highest rating I can give is 5 stars….but it is another that is worthy of so much more. I highly recommend this book to everyone! A truly amazing book by Angela Ewell Hunt that I am glad I had the chance to review,and am going to go and hunt down the book in this series to add to this one.
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*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook Multnomah*