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.
The relationship that develops between the cousins.
No, no and no. This was painful to listen to. Yelled through out story and way to dramatic..
The romance was a little weak, but still a good story.
The story line was ok. Narration. Uhh.. Welll. Loud to the point of screeching. Over dramatic and old hag like. When I started the book, I thought the first female character was supposed to be an old witch. Once the narration continued and I realized that she was a young woman, I was shocked. The voice was nothing like that of a young woman or even a middle aged women. The voice was that of an old clichéd witch over a bubbling cauldron.
I'm sorry, I couldn't get past the narrator. She distracts from the story.
If they are read like this one, I would not listen to another one of her recordings.
That villain is crap.
I'm sure that this particular narrator is probably really good at her job, but this was a poor match for her. Did she read the book before she recorded it? Maybe she didn't know that the witches in the book were supposed to be desirable and that's why she made them sound like old ladies with breathing disorders.
This performance is over the top and completely unbelievable. I am usually a Nora Roberts fan, but I really did not enjoy this book at all!
Take more time writing it.
In every way.
The plot kept my constant attention, the characters were well developed, and I can't wait for the next book in this series.
I got attached to all the characters and felt like I was part of the story.
I loved her as narrator.
Yes, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
I highly recommend this series.
Liked the story but the narrator is overly dramatic which makes it difficult to enjoy the audiobook. Would be better to read this one.
Absolutely I would recommend this! At times the narration may seem a little over the top, but with the premise of the story being about witches, I think it created the perfect ambiance. I truly loved this audiobook, i've listened to it several times. I've listened to many, but in my opinion this was the best narration I've heard. I was so disappointed when the second book used a different narrator. I couldn't even tell who was speaking when in that book. Don't ruin a good thing, bring Katherine Kellgren back for the 3rd book!
Hard to say as I haven't finished yet. I love audio books, but I am having a real hard time getting past the narration of this book.
She must have done some sort of theater work. All the characters sound like they're in their 80s while the heroine sounds like she's an over eager 12 year old.
I love a good old fashioned Nora book and this may be a great one, but being as I can't get past the ridiculous narration to actually pay attention to the story I can't tell if this story is really all that good or not. I think I'll borrow the book to read after awhile and give it another shot in the future.
better story. stop the disgusting acting out of the dialogue and the bad accents
reach for the delete
A different reader would be in order for a start, the one used reads with to much pathos. Secondly, a better defined or more believable villain / antagonist would also improve the story. A heroine who is in fear of a bear in Ireland is just silly. And to create a wolf with red eyes roaming Ireland is laughable at best.
I did not listen to end of the story, its seems predictable, the villain is unbelievable plus the readers voice is a bit annoying.
Nice combination of fresh ideas with historical fiction, lush location, supernatural fantasy and romance. Although the characters were a bit predictable, as are their pairings, Roberts does a nice job giving a modern sensibility to the story, too. Kellgren, who generally does a good job, tends to yell when she does emotionally charged scenes (in all of her narrations). She yells a lot in this book, which gets a bit distracting.
"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.
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
"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
"Started off strong"
started strong and for my money, flew rapidly downhill from there.
I fully appreciate that I may well be the only 30 something woman on the planet who doesn't enjoy or want a blow by blow running commentary on anyone's bedroom gymnastics, again and again and again.... in fact ever!
I've experienced sex, I was hoping to be pulled into a tale woven from the magickal and fantastical, but was dragged kicking and screaming into something entirely different and utterly drab.
Pass on this if you want an actual story worth listening to.
"Nice story spoilt by narrator"
I couldn't manage to listen to it due to the terrible "Irish" accents used by the narrator. I tried a few times and eventually gave in, luckily I#ve read the book previously and the other two books in the trilogy use a different narrator so will try them
Awful accent, she would have been better just using her own voice
Stop listening and re-read the book myself
"Terrible drivel, terribly read"
Most of Nora Roberts's fantasy novels seem to be written by formula, and this is no exception. The reader seemed to realise this and was determined to inject some drama into it, with unfortunate results.
Enjoyable story although the ending was a little abrupt - there is obviously a next book in which the drama continues. Overall a good "read".
a brilliant storyline very captivating narrated brilliantly definitely a fantastic buy cannot wait to get to the second book in the series I've loved every minute of the book.
"wonderful completely wonderful ! thank you !!!!"
Whilst working from home this quite short book provides all that is needed to keep me going !!
I felt quite insulted at the sexual embellishment, that this should be considered 'women's fiction '. I struggled to no avail
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