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Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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!

©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Ellis Taylors, SC USA 02-20-14
    Ellis Taylors, SC USA 02-20-14
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    "Good story, narration varies"

    This book started out well. I liked the historical scenes and the way Katherine Kellgren narrated them. After that, the narrator did very well in some scenes, but in others she sounded almost hysterical--really overdone. Some voices seemed off for the characters. Finding out the two Irish women were fairly young and up for romance themselves, I was surprised. They sounded much older than I expected.
    I haven't read anything by Nora Roberts recently and enjoyed this story. I'll consider buying the next in the series, but I hope there's a different narrator.

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    Ashley Chesapeake, VA, United States 02-20-14
    Ashley Chesapeake, VA, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "well read, fairly interesting"
    Would you listen to Dark Witch again? Why?

    You can't be too hard on this book. It's whimsical, romantic, sweet, Irish, and well written. I would definitely listen to it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Boyle. The inner struggle and reserved love he has for Iona is mesmorizing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natasha 02-18-14
    Natasha 02-18-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Loved it; looking forward to the next one"

    It took two tries to get into this book but was glad I persevered. I found that the reading style at the beginning a bit bombastic and loud, coupled with a difficult-to-understand accent. I believe that some of this has to do with the writing (Roberts isn't perfect 100% of the time) and partly the reader loudly and quickly emoting all the action. Once the story caught up with present times, I really enjoyed it. The reader is fabulous and does accents well.

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    Michelle C. Lane Seward, AK USA 02-09-14
    Michelle C. Lane Seward, AK USA 02-09-14

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    "Music is distracting!!!"
    What would have made Dark Witch better?

    First time I tried an audible version of a book... the change in voices, and the background music and sounds... too distracting! Not a fan, and I think it ruins the books!


    How could the performance have been better?

    NO background music or sounds!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 02-07-14
    Jenn WESTMINSTER, CO, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Intense in all ways"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Witch the most enjoyable?

    I like that the reader used the brogue, to kind of "bring it home" that it was in Ireland. Although, from my experience, her brogue was just a little more Scottish. I can't do either very well, but had family from both locations. Her voice was also very pleasant.


    What other book might you compare Dark Witch to and why?

    I thought of Nora's "True Betrayals" when I was listening, as it really reminded me of that book, with all of the attention the horse got. But more, I really thought it was VERY similar to the Irish Thoroughbred books.


    What aspect of Katherine Kellgren’s performance would you have changed?

    Too often she went WAY over the top with the intensity. Not every spell has to be done like it means life or death. It made the actual climax a little anticlimactic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Exceptional Acceptance


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the story, and can't wait to read the next one (read or listen-doesn't matter to me!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 02-03-14
    EnVee JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States 02-03-14
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    "Motor Mouth Witch"

    First off,I'm a Nora Roberts fan.There hasn't been a book of hers that I have read & not liked. This is a very good story,fun characters & interesting situations.A good blend of romance,mystery,suspence & fun,everything to keep me wanting more.I am interested in reading the next two installments to this trilogy but I think I'll stick with actually"reading"it though.The narrator was good,very expressive but unfortunately she was hard to follow, to differentiate between the characters.Who was doing the talking,other wise she did very well. Not many women narrators can pull off a mans voice let alone an Irish or Scottish accent but she did but her Irish accents were too similar which confused the characters.great book though.Loved it:)

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    Suze R Norwalk, CT 02-01-14
    Suze R Norwalk, CT 02-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Predictable Nora Roberts trilogy"
    What did you like best about Dark Witch? What did you like least?

    I liked the main character, Iona, very much. The beginning of the story was very interesting, starting with Iona's ancestors. I wish the rest of the story had been as interesting. The storyline had alot of potential that was wasted. I did not like the other female characters.


    Would you recommend Dark Witch to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend this book. There are other Nora Roberts books that are much better. Maybe, I would have liked this book a little more, if I had read it instead of listened.


    How could the performance have been better?

    This narrator was acting, not reading. Actually, she OVER-acted. When listening to an audio book, I want to feel like I'm being read to. This narrator negativley affected my listening experience.


    Did Dark Witch inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, start writing reviews on this site:)


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator would probably be fine if she toned it down.

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    Donna Renton, WA, United States 01-31-14
    Donna Renton, WA, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Grabed me from the first chapter!"

    It is such a great story! What's not to love? You have witches, demons, Scotland, romance,
    and a great story! This book kept me interested from the start. Never a boring moment, sometimes you couldn't catch your breath. Great sex scenes to! If you like this kind of fiction, you will love this!

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    Tina 01-27-14
    Tina 01-27-14 Member Since 2013

    I am addicted to listening!!!

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    "I can't wait...."
    If you could sum up Dark Witch in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, interesting, wanting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Witch?

    When they were in the final fight


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved when she learned to float the feathers for the first time....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I could have


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for Book 2 of this series to be released.

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    Laura 01-24-14
    Laura 01-24-14
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    "Dissapointed"
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Witch the most enjoyable?

    Good interesting Story


    How could the performance have been better?

    I felt like the narrator was screaming at me throughout the story. It was irritating.


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