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.
A better story and a much better narrator.
This was rehashed material, with weak, insipid characters.
The narrator managed to make the weak, insipid characters even worse by playing up their flaws. The women's voices were either silly or sounded like crones. The men were...bland. There was more, but those things, combined with the old story, made this a difficult listen.
I am a long-time fan of Nora Roberts, and have either read or listened to everything that she has published (including the J.D.Robb series). I rarely write reviews. This is the first time that I have read one of her series novels and not only wished I could return it, but have no interest in reading the other two. I felt as if I had read this before--in the Gallagher series and the Three Sisters series. I am a series junkie, and will often read things just to find out how the story ends. I just don't think I can do it with this one. I'll wait for the next series from Nora, and hope that it is better.
As for the performance...it too was terrible. Too much emotion in between the conversations, yet she couldn't bring the characters to life. The voices that she brought to the characters were of the wrong age--too old and crochety for some, silly and vapid for Iona. Of course, Iona was fairly silly, but...
The whole thing grated on my nerves, and took forever to finish. I actually sighed with relief when it was over.
I would definitely listen to this book again! The characters and the story were so exciting I could hardly put this book down. This is my favorite Nora Roberts book to date.
I really cannot compare this book to anything else I have read. The story for me was totally unique and I could never tell what would happen next.
I have never listened to Katherine Kellgren before but I thoroughly enjoyed her narration and style. I thought she was fantastic.
This story will draw you in and leave you breathless. if you only see one movie this year, it should be Dark Witch!
i cannot wait to read book 2.
I like Science Fiction, Post Apocalypse, mysteries, and good romance. If you can mix it all in together, I am one happy camper.
It's hard to rate books. I will be reading/listening to the other books in the series. It's not the best book, but I certainly enjoyed listening.
It's pretty comparable to other Nora Roberts trilogies.
What more notable is my least favorite character as performed by K.K. I really didn't like her "Ionna." She made her sound like Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz and it was very disconcerting.
I wouldn't make film of this book.
I have read comments that complained that this book is too predictable. And it's true, there isn't a lot of surprise in it. But it's a romance book. Of course I know how it's going to end. I would have been pretty annoyed if it had ended any other way. In a romance novel, it's not the destination but the journey that counts.
A different reader is needed for this book! I guess that Katherine Kellgren uses a snotty aristocratic voice thinking that it sounds Irish. Instead it is just whiny. Every few minutes she starts sounding hysterical trying to drum up excitement in the story. A total washout for me. I love Nora Roberts and was so looking forward to this book. Now you couldn't pay me to finish it. I made it to Ch. 6 and for that I think I deserve a medal.
Who knows, couldn't get past the poor performance to get into the book.
She opened her mouth. The performance is so subpar that I would rather listen to the original Whiskey Beach 10 times that to listen to one chapter of Kellgren. I only gave the performance a one because I couldn't give it any lower.
Only the author. I will buy this one in regular book form.
Can I get my money back?
I would if they enjoyed this type of story.
About middle of the road. It isn't one of her best but, not the worst, either.
From other readers, it sounds like I had the same problem they did. Her voice in some of the parts was far too shrill for my taste. Turning down the volume was sometimes the only thing I could do.
Of course, it does. We all know how his one ended, but there are the other 3 witches who are lacking in the romance department.
While this is by far not Ms. Roberts best work, it is decent. Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, in the fiction area. Reading her books you know that there was quite a lot of research done in the locations, the lore of the land, whether in Ireland or wherever her plots are made.
I liked it, it kept me thinking about how it could end. Good suspense. Great characters.
I loved them all!
How excepting her new family was.
I can not wait for the next addition to this series.
I would and will later on
Three Sisters Island
I found that I like to read along with the narrator. Katherine has a voice that I like to listen to.
I kept this title for a couple of weeks and read around it because I saw some bad reviews.
I should know better. The first two chapters were difficult for me. When I hit chapter three and we were back in the present time it all came together for me.
I enjoyed Three Sisters Island and this is quite alot like that series. Nora writes a very good story and now I have to wait for the next two.
Interesting .fun. gripping
The young dark witch because she overcame a lot. But made freinds and found people who believed in her and loved her. And how as a team they found their place and where they belonged and with who they trusted and learned to love.
Very good reader with enough changes in the voices to keep me interested and following along. And at times I felt like I was thief with them
Yes. I hope there are more books in the series.
Love the book love Nora Roberts, but it took me three weeks to get through this book because the narrator irritated me. She made most of the characters sound old.
There were multiple moments it Nora Roberts after all.
Well, depending on the author and how much I like them it would be hard to make a decision If I would or not.
Absolutely, the story didn't end really.
Just so you know I don't ever leave a review, but I really hated the narrator and thought people should know.
Yes on the narrator. Maybe on Nora Roberts; not 100% sure. I do like to finish a series once I've started.The story wasn't all that great.
Great character differences
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