Sweeping historical romance of love & forgiveness.
A Love By Any Measure by Killian McRae
An Irish lass. An English lord.
A love that overcomes all boundaries, but at what cost?
Lord August Grayson, English landlord, has secretly, and much to the dismay of his father, held in reverence the object of his first fancy: poor Irish tenant Maeve O’Connor. Returning to Ireland for the first time since his youth, August discovers that Maeve has grown into a woman of beauty and tenacity. He understands, however, that he could offer Maeve nothing but shame if her pursued her. But when circumstances allow him an opportunity to indulge his fancy, even if only in a limited scope, August finds himself unable to resist the temptation.
Maeve, for her part, knows the danger falling for August holds, but finds her heart and her good senses becoming confused the longer she spends in his company. As two hearts become hopelessly entangled, both Maeve and August are forced to question the costs of their love. As consequences of their romance manifest, both struggle with the pain and difficulties their love causes, both for themselves and those who care for them.
Killian McRae’s delve into historical romance will challenge reader’s presumptions of the genre. A title garnering controversy due to McRae’s preference towards historical truth versus genre-standard “love despite the realities of the day” perspectives, it asks at what cost winning love is justified. “A Love by Any Measure” is an exploration of a romance that strives to overcome divisions of cultural, socio-economic, and religious differences in an era where options for lovers in such situations were limited.
My Thoughts about A Love By Any Measure
Ahhh, forbidden love. Sweet, tantalizing, and always made even more desirable by its very nature of being That Which One Cannot Have.
Set in the late 1800’s, A Love By Any Measure tells the attraction between English nobleman Lord August Grayson and Irish peasant Maeve O’Connor. It is scandalous, yet undeniable. As author Killian McRae’s tale unfolds, she takes the reader back to Maeve and August’s youth, as well as forward in each of their futures. All told, Maeve and August’s love story spans three countries and two continents, and is a story for the ages.
From the very start of the story, A Love by Any Measure smolders. Maeve’s desperate bargain with August is a powder keg of temptation that both of them try to resist but ultimately can’t deny. But, as one would assume from a forbidden love story, the course of love never runs smooth. Propriety, station, previous promises – some yet unfulfilled – and an opera of misunderstandings undercut Maeve and Augut’s relationship every step of the way.
More than a love story, A Love By Any Measure is a story of forgiveness, which is often as powerful as love itself. The characters themselves are easy to fall for – and it’s equally easy to get swept away by the romance and sensuality. McRae paints vivid scenes with her writing styles – and that same style brush creates lush moments of love and heartache that can certainly make a reader’s heart race.
I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect interlude between the cozy mysteries and nonfiction works that I have been reading of late.