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.
This was a great story, I'm a huge fan of Nora Roberts. The narrator was not so great...I didn't like that when she switched to an Irish Brough it sounded like the character was 80 years old and tired. It was a bit distracting.
Irish accent, very distracting and annoying.
The narrator screams so much - her female accents are either feeble Irish grannies or breathless babes. The male voices were the only decent ones in the whole story. Buy the print version, or wait 'till they record with a better narrator, like they did for Whiskey Beach.
I read the reviews for this book and I think these people are trying to get Katherine Kellgren's job! Katherine does a great job of bringing this book to life, and thank you for that!! This story is a very entertaining story, and if slightly formulaic, it is fleshed out very well with very likable characters and some great bad guys.
The story is one of an American going to Ireland and becoming lost in the land, the people, her family and the magic that runs deep in her family. The terrible curse on her bloodline forces a core group of characters to work together and trust one another. There are witches, wonderful animals, beautiful and intelligent women, and strong, hard working men, and all finally meld into a team. There are more books to come in this series, so the ending leaves you wanting more, but the story is well worth the listen.
I want to finish with more props to Katherine Kellgren. People said she mixes up types of English accents and gets too loud and whatever else... NONSENSE!! This lady is amazing. If you want sedate and mellow, go listen to other books. If you want emotion, tension and excellent characters brought to life, this is a great job of narrating. I can hardly listen to some of the other books I have waiting now. KATHERINE, YOU'VE RUINED ME WITH YOUR GREAT WORK!!!!!!!
The best part, you ask? Nora's writing style. Even when there is some familiar aspects to the story she finds a way to make it new and exciting. The back story was told so succinctly but carried a wealth of depth in character and heart. I know some reviewers have said that the back story took away too much time from the story line for Iona & Boyle but I believe they got the story they were entitled to. Boyle's introverted and deeply private personality would not have permitted a longer story. It would have been too top heavy in Iona and we needed to be invested in their lives totally. The circle of friends and the mystery behind Finn & Branna are a strong undercurrent that has made me love this family and I can't wait to see where Ms. Roberts goes from here. One thing for sure, I know I will not be disappointed.
Just one? No way I loved Boyle and Iona but all the other people were icing on the cake to a great story. The animals, Alaster, Darling, Kahal and Robard all had there own personality and spirit that permeated the storyline with humor & heart.
I thought Katherine Kellgren's narration was really good but she got a little excited a couple of times when spell casting and it got a little weird.
Teagan's fight to save her mother...
I'm not sure because I had a terrible time listening to this book... narrator was terrible.
If this narrator is used for the other books in the series I won't be buying them.
I like the story, the flashbacks, the interconnected characters.
I've listened to almost off of the Nora Roberts books on Audio CD/Audible. This narrator was, for me, one of the worst.
First the Irish Brogue sounded more like old witches cackling. Then for intensity the narrator would crescendo into a shout for a lot of the scenes. Seriously loud. Romance - shout, danger lurking around the corner - shouting. I literally would have to turn the volume down in the car. I like an intense and moving love scene - when it's hollered at me, not so much.
This is the first audio performance I wish I had just read the book. If you need a little Nora, I'd recommend the Audio version of Born in Fire, Born in Ice, Born in Shame.
The narration was awful, too much yelling and drama. Could not listen to the story line the narration was so distracting. The story never went anywhere, knew the whole story from the first chapter.
The narration was terrible! I have listened to 100's of audiobooks, but this is the first time I have had to quit listening to an audiobook because of the quality of the narration. I finally switched over to a print version because I could not continue listening. The narrator's voice was jarring, strident, and irritating. I had to constantly remind myself of what character was talking because the voices did not match the characters - young mothers sound like old crones, etc. I looked forward to this book coming out for months and was very disappointed that the audiobook was of such poor quality. The book was classic Nora Roberts, and I enjoyed it when I switched over to the print book.
This book has the potential for another wonderful Nora Roberts trilogy. The story is set in Ireland, a favorite setting for the author, and is obviously written with a great deal of attention to detail on her part. I had one of the songs they’d sung in the pub stuck in my head all day. She Starts the story with a quick flash back which is in no way tiresome as some flash backs can be. When a cousin goes to Ireland to learn about her past she gets more than she was expecting. At first I didn’t like the main character but, somehow, I found myself on her side halfway through the book. It is clear that this is another romance where she has pretty much set up the couples at the beginning of the book. By the title you can probably tell there is a great deal of magic running throughout the entire book. It is very accurate and well done. If you like Nora Roberts and her ability to create a story about magic, and spice it up with just the right amount of romance, you’ll love this book. I’ve only just finished today and I am anxiously awaiting the next one which I believe should be released in May of 2014. I believe it is called Shadow Spell. The only thing that takes away from the listening experience is that the narrator makes everyone with an Irish accent sound like they are about 90-years-old and having a hard time breathing, but, she is still pretty good. It really is a great book!
I could not finish listening to this narrator.
Constant yelling and talking in a loud rush made this an ear bleeding tedious act. I made it to chapter four and just could not handle it any longer. I may or may not read the book. I would probably hear this horrible narrator with every sentence I read.
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
"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.
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
"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
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