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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Darlin' Irish (Texas Devlins, Book I) by Lyn Horner takes us back to the American west in 1872. This is the story of Jessie Devlin, a Daughter of Irish parents and one who survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. She comes from a long line of Druids and has been gifted with second sight. Plagued by nightmares where she nearly burns to death but is saved by a mysterious man, she is convinced by a vision that he is real and she must find him by “looking west.” The problem with quests like this is they can be troublesome. You can find love or death or anything in between. Captain David Taylor is a Texas man who sided with the North in the Civil War, drawing his father’s wrath because of that. He now serves in the frontier Army. While he is on a trip back to his Wyoming post, he meets Jessie, finding her beautiful, but he does not much like her temper.
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and historical romances rank high up on the list. The one issue I have with most of those I end up reading is that the historical part is just a guess and not much research has been done. That is not the case with Lyn Horner. You can tell she has done her research, and she applies such a steady but subtle hand in using it. The story itself is also written so well that you do not feel overwhelmed by any of the actions the characters take. They are subtle, well planned and seem to be what would happen in real life. Instead of some of the over the top things you can find in other historical romances. I have a deep love for all things Irish and all things historical. This book wedged them together in a perfect way. I would recommend this to others and look forward to reading more by Lyn Horner.