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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I have been an avid NR reader for almost 15 years and have always thought her one of the best in the business at creating characters that you believe in, love and want to fight for by the end of the book. Her last couple of novels, however, have left a bad taste in my mouth. I either just don't care how the story ends or honestly wish the two main characters would break up before the book ends because they have "divorced in 5 years" written all over them.
The story here started off intriguing with melding of generations and powers, and the descriptions of the Irish countryside made me want to book a ticket to Dublin post-haste, but the characters never really developed for me. I know this is a trilogy so at least part of the time you're setting up the story's for the next two characters, but I felt like that's ALL this book was. I found Iona annoying and Boyle lacking in the substance she usually gives her male characters. I'm intrigued by Branna and Finn and really hope the story picks up by the time it gets to their story...if formula holds that is likely to be the last book in the trilogy.
Katherine Kellgren apparently is an acquired taste as I've seen some unkind reviews of her narration. I LOVE her! I think she gives each character a unique voice and I've been introduced to authors I'd never have picked up on my own except I wanted to listen to another book she'd read. Overall, her Irish accents sounded great (American as apple-pie here, so keep that in mind), but her modulation of the American Iona when she got excited was a bit over the top.
I could take it or leave it with this one. If you've never read Nora Roberts I'd recommend starting with a book like Tribute, or The Search. If you like her series I thought the Bride Quartet was a lot of fun, particularly books 1 and 2.
I had to be in the car anyway...
I have enjoyed several of the series narrators, especially The Bride Quartet stories, JD Robb stories, and the Boonsboro trilogy. So, yes I will try other books, but I will probably steer clear of this predictable, poorly narrated series.
I really enjoyed her narration of the main character, but all of the other women sounded like they were 70 years old. I cannot imagine them as the main love interest in any other stories.
I like witch stories, so I was willing to be generous. I just couldn't get into the story.
I saw several reviews that bashed the narrator. I didn't think she was so bad. A little over the top sometimes, but the heroine was supposed to be bubbly and overly eager.
The story begins with the ancestor of Iona, the primary subject of this part of the trilogy. The stage is set for the future battle of the descendants and the evil being. Flash forward to today.
There's a charming Irish village that warmly welcomes Iona, the Yank cousin. There is a love interest who just falls into place in possibly the most boring romance ever written.
The evil being who just won't die is laughably ineffective. The story culminates in an epic battle that just isn't. The epilogue ties up the loose ends between Iona and her beau and so you buy book 2. No, I don't think so. Just not interested enough in the characters to continue.
I'm going to stick up for the narrator. Her accents sounded good to me. Maybe just tone it down a bit.
The story was ok, not the best NR
The narration ruined the story.
The narrator over acted every part of this story. The main character sounded like a twit and the Irish women all sounded like old ladies. It was all just over the top.
needs great imagination
loved all the characters
her voice was irritating and too old sounding...hard to imagine the characters at their supposed ages
I love it when the young american speaks with the horses
I pray they use a new narrator for the rest of the series...I might not have purchased it had I previewed it....
Yes I love the audio version
Great, i loved her performance so much passion , just perfect
Great book, great performance can't wait for the next book from Nora Roberts and preferably performed by Katherine kellgran
For the story among the top ten. .
Tie between Iona and Branna. Iona for her spirit and joy, Branna for her depth of knowledge and warmth of heart.
The voice characterizations for the Irish women were too old for their ages. The sounded older middle age rather than in their late twenties/early thirties. The men weren't really well done either. Iona and the children's voices were done the best.
This is the beginning of a great trilogy. Truly hoping the narrator is changed or changes the way the characters voices sound.
I can appreciate that the story is set in Ireland and the characters are mostly Irish, but I can't get past the narration. It sound fake and contrived and frankly, I can't understand a thing she is saying. This is so disappointing! I love to listen to audiobooks while doing other things, so this was a total waste of a credit. I ended up buying a copy of the book and reading that instead Sorry. :(
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I never miss a Nora Roberts book, always look forward to her books. This story is memorable. Very entertaining intro to a series. Very talented narration.
The story was great and I am wishing the next book was available NOW but I did not like the narrator.
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