From number-one New York Times best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love.…
With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland.
County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.
Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.
When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.
Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself - and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope - and love – alive.…
Don’t miss the next two books in the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy!
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Don't waste your time...it's boring, boring and did I mention boring! The story is lacking in depth, is never very interesting and wished I had stopped listening after the first hour. I was looking for more...and it never came.
Will not listen to another
The story is a typical Nora Roberts trilogy -- which I enjoy. However, the narrator's Irish accent sounds like a grandmother speaking. So, except for the lone Yankee, who sounds fine, all the other characters sound like they are in their 60's. It is very off-putting and makes it difficult to imagine them in a romantic situation.
I am quite disappointed in Dark Witch book 1 of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy. I am not sure if it is because the story is very similar to Three Sisters Island trilogy, it felt like Ms Roberts is just rewriting this series or because I found the narrator a little irritating – she made the main character Iona at times a little flaky. I highly doubt I will read the next 2 books in the series.
woudl only give it 2 1/2 stars
I would not recommend this in the audio version. Buy the print version. Definitely do not waste a credit on this. I saw the reviews and thought "How bad can it be?" and ordered the book anyway. Well it is really that bad. She screams throughout the story and makes most of the characters sound old and haggard.
This book reminds me of Nora's Donovan Legacy series: Captivated, Entranced, Charmed, and Enchanted.
She made the characters sound like old haggard crones. And during any of the scenes with chanting or spells the narrarator screeched and cackled it was awful. I really hope the next book isn't narrated by this person. I won't buy it if it is.
It would have been with a different narrator.
Buy the print version...
I am a huge Roberts fan and while this is not my fave, I loved the new characters. Was ready for another tale set in Ireland.
Out of control volume! Had a headache by end of first half. Her exuberance really did nothing to help the narration. Tension does not necessarily mean load and the same goes for excitement. More attention to sound editing would have probably helped.
Wanted to as far as the story, but couldn't listen to it for that long. Second half was a little easier than the first.
Looking forward to next installment. Maybe narrator can do some listening to other highly rated books to improve.
The voices of so many people from just one person, phenomenal!
Easily could have, I work from home and spend hours on hours working. This book was very easy to listen to and keep track of. Not jumping all over the place and flowed well.
Great for those who are multi tasking! I cant wait for the next book!
I've read or listened to all of Nora Roberts's books and this doesn't disappoint. If you're in the mood for a little trip to Ireland, this is the story for you. Nothing earth shattering... you'll not need tissues or therapy after this one. Just a nice escape from the doldrums of long commutes or nasty chores.
Katherine Kellgren does a splendid job with male and female voices: lilting Irish brogues, a flat American accent and a few German tourists thrown in the story. I've listened to her narrate about 8 books now, and she never disappoints. If I see her name as narrator, I always stop to see what she's reading next.
So, 5 stars for Ms. Kellgren and 4 for Ms. Roberts.
I finally just gave up Listening to the book and I love Nora Roberts but not this book
I really like the story line, I think the story is a good one, I would rather read it thou.
The first book I ever read by Nora Roberts was the Jewel series and after I finished the first I really ran to the nearest book store to buy the next in the series. My Daughter had left the first one at my house and I was bored, I usually don't like romance, but I like the amount of mystery, history and suspense that she puts in her novels. The Dark Witch reminds me of the jewel series.
Some of the narration I really liked, but some of it was just "over the top" and it did detract from the story. I wonder if maybe it was the direction rather than the narrator? It reminded me of my Dad telling a good night story and getting us kids all worked up rather than relaxed and sleepy.
Maybe, but I am not big on turning every good novel into a movie, I think I need to see the rest in the series before I make judgement.
I would listen to this Narrator again, but would like to see her be directed better, she does have an amazing voice and did really make the story interesting to me, I just hated to see the loud, dramatic when it took away from the actual story.
A Nora Roberts fan will enjoy it
I love the Irish setting of many of her books. But the accents were hard to follow in this audio version. I had a hard time to remind myself that the characters were young. They all sounded like people in their forties.
"Fantastic modern witchy tale"
set in the beautiful County Mayo Katherine Kellgren transports you back to a time of witch craft and famine where a young witch lives the life of a mother as well as a powerful witch but evil is never far away ... centuries later that evil still lingers when the last part of the puzzle comes to mayo in the form of a cousin. Horses, Hawks, dogs and friendships take this tale from a bit of a slushy love story to a pleasant tale which I really enjoyed. It wasn't a taxing listen and fairly light hearted.
The performance completely spoiled the story.
If the reader had been someone who had some idea of an Irish Accent - surely an important element to a story?
No, because I have previously enjoyed READING Nora Roberts and will do so in the future, I hope
"raucus narrator !!!"
The book is a typically good Nora Roberts format,"pure escapism" but is totally spoiled for me, by the narrator .
As a huge fan, my interest is always held by the subjects written about
The narrator shouted aggressively all the way through,completely spoiling any interest I had in the story. Fortunately for me, I also have a hard copy of the book, so I could read, and put my own narrative in my head
I hope new Nora readers are not put off, her books are good and entertaining
"A little witchy magic"
light fun enjoyable
all of the twists and turns
excellent reader ..atmospheric
Black Witch ... an unfinished spell
just really enjoyed it
I loved this book it had everything you could want from a Nora Roberts Novel, It frustrated me a little at the beginning though as the narrator seems to over act the text somewhat and it felt very rushed and erratic but the book was great.
All of them very believable
Once she slowed the pace and clamed down she had great accents and brought the characters to life
Yes but couldn't :(
"Wow, what a story"
Yes, was fast and exciting.
The beginning when I had no idea what to expect. The reader seemed to never take a breath, it was so fast.
lovely voice, and passion. So well read.
Cant find book 3 on Audible!
I love Nora Roberts books and enjoy listening to them, however the narrator is apalling. If a book needs an Irish accent then they should get an actor who can read in this form. The narration completlety ruins the book so much so I nearly gave up on it very early on but tried to persevere. This is one book I will be returning as I couldn't bare to finish it never mind want to listen to it again. Such a shame.
Nothing it was apalling
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