Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry

Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry

Author: Amanda Hughes
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: April 2011
Kindle Edition: 414 pages

Book summary:

It seduces her like a lover. It bewitches her like a spell. It is something mysterious and powerful that Darcy McBride must follow beyond the cliffs of Kerry. Ireland in 1755 is a terrible place ravaged by famine and the brutal occupation of the British, there seems to be no escape. Darcy joins a group of smugglers who trade illegally with the French and when operation is discovered, she is transported to the English Colonies for servitude. Shattered by war and bloodshed, Darcy finds the colonists on a feeding frenzy of survival. She refuses to be devoured and meets them with determination and fire stopping them in their tracks. When she confronts the brash and attractive Jean Michel Lupe’, a surveyor for the Crown, sparks fly, and Darcy meets her match. His blend of refinement and frontier masculinity unsettles and entices her. Together, they are swept into a whirlwind of violence and intrigue that threatens their love and their survival.

“As he stepped out into the pouring rain, Jean Michel had to regain his composure. He was not sure he liked the feelings that were churning inside him. This McBride woman had the ability to reach into his soul and open doors he thought were closed forever. She ignited a desire in him that was beyond anything he had ever imagined. Confused and overwhelmed, he blamed it on long months without carnal pleasures, and pushing it from his mind; he started down the path for the McDermott homestead.”


This is a well written story with amazing descriptions of where Darcy has traveled. It is a very detailed encounter of her life and everything she has been through. She survived the famine with her brother and another boy. One night a priest was smuggled into the community where he has taken residence hidden in a cave where Darcy has spent her childhood. Because of this priest, she was given the opportunity to learn how to read and write. Darcy was given the opportunity to make more out of her life and become someone. She is very smart and a quick learner and fights for her life, though sometimes she has to remember to have hope and not forget it. Then when she was discovered helping a group of smugglers, she was sent to the New World as an indentured servant. During her time in the New Colonies she has fought to survive and discovers love. But the only problem is that she is an indentured servant to someone else until one evening when the fort was attacked she was taken hostage. The only thing she has to do is hope for a better future and hope for the day that she can spend the rest of her life with the one that she loves.

Darcy has been through a lot in her lifetime and was always fighting to survive. She reminds the readers that nothing good comes easy to us. You have to fight for what you want. I feel like Darcy’s story does not really begin until she has been taken to the New Colonies. This is where everything changes. She is in a strange land where there is a good chance that she might be killed by the French and Indians. Then the only person she truly cares for keeps getting taken from her.


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