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Skye O'Malley

Rating: Skye O'Malley by Beatrice Small is a Good Book rated 5/5 by this reviewer.
Published: August, 1990
Author: Beatrice Small
Review by: CL6 Cynara

Synopsis: There has never been a woman like luscious, raven-haired, hot-tempered Skye O'Malley. She is the courageous seafaring captain of her own mighty fleet, and intelligent enough to win a battle of wits with Queen Elizabeth herself. Follow along as Skye O'Malley is swept up in a journey filled with romance and passion that takes her from glittering Ireland, to lush Algeria, to the heart of London in pursuit of a unique and eternal love.....

Review: Skye O'Malley is one of the most beautiful women in Ireland, of course! Black hair, blue eyes, anyone who meets her is bespelled. Is it any wonder her family "sells" her instead of letting her follow her own heart?

This is not your typical romance novel. In fact, it's more of a historical novel from a woman's perspective that just happens to have romantic tendencies. It also has some very adult content, so beware if you're under 18.

The one thing that is awesome about this book is that Small's characters are obviously fictional, but they are set in very real time periods and interact with historical figures such as Queen Elizabeth I. Not only do they have Enlgish and European settings, but they also have Middle Eastern places too. With romances, if there is any ones set in the Middle East, it's all similar characters. All sheiks in them and there's nothing about the times and faces of the day.

Small did her research. There's war, strife, unrest in her novel. Not everything is pretty in her book. Her story is real, her characters flawed and not perfect. Skye herself overcomes so much, even Queen Elizabeth I's wrath and jealousy to become a powerful woman in a time when women were mere chattel.

Title: Skye O'Malley
Author: Beatrice Small
Review by: CL6 Cynara