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.
I wish the story was less formulaic. A family fighting evil in Ireland., I think I've read something similar before from this author. Also, Iona, the main character, was ridiculous. She was childish and immature, her main character traits were saying I'm sorry too much and talking too much.
No. Not a unique enough story.
Terrible. The Irish accents for all the young women sounded like old ladies. And whenever the scene was tense or exciting she spoke really quickly and loud, but this didn't really add to the performance
It was entertaining, so although I wouldn't recommend it, I didn't mind listening while I cleaned house
I love Nora Roberts, but I did not like the book - couldn't get past the first 45 minutes.
I enjoyed the plot and will definitely check out the rest of the series when they come out. It's rather similar to previous Roberts trilogies, so I was a bit disappointed. But it kept me engaged.
Sorry, I hated it. I agree with others that she made the characters sound too old. But the biggest problem was her overly dramatic renditions of several scenes. She was way too loud to the point where I had to turn the volume down many times. This distracted from the story and really took me out of the narrative.
Ultimately, this felt like a throwaway Roberts book. It fits her formula of three couples, some magic threat, everyone has to fall in love to make the bad guy go away. There really wasn't much that deviated from that route. Of course, it's still a Nora Roberts book so there's no harm in spending the credit. That's why I gave it four stars, although if it were another author I probably wouldn't have rated it that high. It just isn't shaping up to be a series that I'll remember, unlike the Bride triology or the one where they renovated the hotel.
Katherine Kellgren was a fine narrator but her voice sounded much too old for the book. This is a story about young people and her voice doesn't sound that way, especially when she does the Irish accents.
I'm a big Nora Roberts fan, so I was very excited about this new series. I was disappointed in the voice used to narrate the book. The irish woman were described as being very beautiful but the voice made them sound extremely old. It was, in my opinion, very over acted. It was the first time I won't be buying the rest of the books in the series. It also reminded me too much of the Three Sisters Island story line. LOVED that series...
I've listened to other audio books by Nora Roberts and this one was my least favorite.
Suspenseful with lots of sexual content.
The story drew me in. The character development was perfect, the story line developed at a good pace. Just enough romance, just enough magic. I couldn't put this book down.
Iona of course! She had a sad past and was searching for a family connection. I'm so glad Ms. Roberts didn't make the connection with her new family and friends instantaneous...it grew at a good pace.
A wonderful warm Gaelic accent, wonderful timing!
Many moments...but particularly when Iona starts to learn her magical talents
Great story, can't wait for book 2!
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co
The story was enjoyable and I will keep up with the series. It was typical Nora Roberts- not a bad thing however. The narrator drove me nuts with all her yelling but when she wasn't yelling, I thought she was very good!
The narration was awesome
She brought all of the characters to life
Yes,Can't wait for the next book
If you love Nora Roberts,It's a must read!
I almost stopped listening to this story due to the horrible narration by Ms. Kellgtren. Her Irish accent was so horrendous that she made all of the female Irish characters sound like Maggie Smith as Professor McGonegall, meaning they all sounded like world weary 70 year old matriarchs. I had a hard time picturing the characters as 20 year olds. The men's were almost as bad. The American character, on the other hand, sounded like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
The saving grace was that the story was good. I am looking forward to the sequels, but hope that another, more talented narrator is used.
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