When Kathleen O'Connor agrees to attend the wedding of her best friend Taylor and his Irish fiancie Maddie in Ireland, she tries to convince herself that the emotion she feels over Taylors whirlwind courtship is only platonic concern. Once in Ireland, it becomes painfully obvious to Kathleen that Maddie and her parents consider her an outsider, so she throws herself into researching an ancient Irish ancestor. Maddies brother Patrick returns for the wedding, and things begin to change as Kathleen encourages Patrick to mend the break in the relationship with his father before the older man dies of cancer.

Angela Hunt skillfully interweaves 13th-century history with the present as Kathleen researches Princess Cahira of the Kingdom of Connacht. A love story within a love story unfolds as the spirited princess falls for Sir Colton, a knight in the service of her enemy, Richard de Burgo.

The fourth and final book in Hunts newest series, The Heirs of Cahira OConnor, The Emerald Isle is another charmer, rich in Irish lore and wit. (Sep., 415 pp., $11.95)

Reviewed by: 
Robert Updegraff