by Carrie, October 22, 2010 12:58 PM
In a genre dominated by Regency England, Duchess of Sin, the second book in the Daughters of Erin trilogy, is a refreshing romp set in 18th-century Ireland, a strife-ridden country recovering from a bloody rebellion two years before. Lady Anna Blacknall, a sheltered young woman of the Irish Ascendancy, is haunted by the events of two years ago. Conlan, the Duke of Adair, is a Catholic nobleman working to stop the Act of Union with Great Britain. The fascinating political upheaval of the time swiftly takes a back role to Anna and Conlan's romantic encounters, which occur with surprising ease considering Anna's social position as an unwed lady and darling of Dublin's high society. There is also little or no conflict between Anna and Conlan themselves, despite their different backgrounds and religions. Despite this, Duchess of Sin is a wonderful read, and I look forward to the third book featuring Anna's scholarly sister Caroline.