This was a lovely story sweetly told. It's been a while since I've picked up a classic romance like this one, full of old-world charm and grace. It didn't hurt that Ireland is one of my favorite places to visit in a story.
I did have some problem with how flowery the prose was at times, but once I got into the flow of things I didn't notice it anymore. It may seem odd, but the Anne of Green Gables series was called to mind. This story has the same feel to it, that of where a journey of the heart is sufficient; suspense and intrigue only the icing.
In Sunshine or in Shadow is the perfect book to curl up with on a drizzling day. Do pick up In Sunshine or in Shadow if you can.
A Gambler With a Thirst for Revenge After a lifetime in exile, stakes are high for one-time gambler Rory O'Brien as he returns to the village of Ballycashel. Has he come back to destroy the village that haunts his past, or to atone for the sins of his father? When drawn into the lives and loves of his newly-acquired tenants, his thirst for vengeance is quenched by an unexpected yearning for peace-and love. Can Rory overcome the ghosts of his past, or will old enemies destroy the new life he's come to love? A Valiant Survivor of Famine and Tyranny Siobh n Desmond will do anything to keep the tattered remains of her family alive, even if it means working for the new landlord-a darkly handsome stranger with secrets in his eyes and pain in his smile. As she watches her village return to life and begin to thrive under Rory's care, she comes to understand his true nature and soon finds herself falling under his dangerously sensual spell. As danger ignites all around them, Rory and Siobh n fight to right the wrongs of the past-and protect their newfound love. In Sunshine or In Shadow ~~~ If you adore the stormy heroes of 'Wuthering Heights' and 'Jane Eyre' (and who doesn't?) you'll be entranced by Cynthia Owens' passionate story of Ireland after the Great Famine, and David Burke-a man from America with a hidden past and a secret name. Only one woman, the fiery, luscious Siobh n, can unlock the bonds that imprison him. Highly recommended for those who love classic romance