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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A waste of time. The story is not new, she just took it to Ireland instead of somewhere on East Coast US.
This story is okay if predictable. What it doesn't have is a nice twist or the level of humor you usually find in one of Roberts' books. I usually listen to/read all of her stuff but I'm not sure that I will spend time or money on the remaining 2 books in this trilogy, mostly because I already know exactly how they are going to go and what the outcome will be...
Get a different narrator - quick! The narrator is so over the top with both her Irish accent and her reading that she makes the characters seem idiotic in their behavior. I especially disliked her interpretation of Iona - she made her seem like an idiot, or 12 (which would make the intimate portions very creepy, besides being loud and overdone). One of the worst readings I've gotten so far and I have listened to over 500 titles.
I have read so many books by NR,but will stay away from Katherien Kellgren's narration of future books. Kind of disappointing because I usually anticipate NR's trilogies. I'm a little nervous about purchasing the next if it is the same narrator.
I like the story itself best. It makes me want to visit Ireland sometime soon.
The narration for this story just didn't work. I felt as if the narrator was yelling and screaming during some points. I actually had to turn my speakers down in many parts. The performance would have been great for stage, but was too over the top for an audiobook.
Not from Katherine Kellgren
By not using the overly dramatic, fake accent. Had a hard time understanding her.
I dont know. Didnt make it through the story due to narration.
Someone how cant get enough of the Irish witch, Celtic predictable story lines
I am seriously considering moving onto another Author. I used to love Nora's books but they are becoming repetitive.
all they characters are becoming stereotypical Nora..
I'm a book loving fool! lol No time to sit down with a good book so I take my books with me! I love audible!
I love Nora Roberts, I love the old books and I love the new books, but this one? I can't decide if it's just the narration that has me thinking I missed something or if there just wasn't much to miss. The final showdown I was expecting some crazy stuff to happen and it's like they get started then it's done. I honestly said out loud, "I think I might have skipped a part." But no, it was just short. I enjoyed the story and I love the characters but it just didn't have a lot of substance. I felt like the story was getting good and then it's over. And as far as Katherine Kellgren, NO, I did not like any part of her narration.
NR seems to have a good grasp on the aspects of magic and where it comes from, but it would have been a better story if the characters were a little fuller, if that makes sense.
ANYONE! I don't think I've heard a book narrated by KK but I didn't like it at all. All the women except for Iona sounded ancient! Until I realized how young the women were I thought they were old ladies. Way over dramatic! I like a little drama when action scenes happen but it was just way WAY too dramatic for my taste. Now I can't see Brana or Maura as the beauties she describes, I keep seeing them older. I might buy the book just to clear my head!
A little more detail. I liked the story between Iona and Boyle, but again, it just happened way too fast and very few details made it a hard listen for me.
I want to hear the other books in this series but I really hope someone chooses and different narrator. Other wise I'll probably buy the book.
I've listened to almost every Nora Roberts book available in audio format. There are many stories with thrilling dramatic sections. The narrators in the previous books convey that excitement and tension very well....without yelling. This narrator crosses the line from enthusiastic professional narration into a one women melodramatic performance. Since purchasing the title, I've tried listening to it on 3 separate occasions. I've tried turning the volume down as low as possible. The problem is that she is shouting for a good portion of the narration. During the parts where she shouts, I end up tuning out and losing track of the story until she brings her voice back into desirable listening range. It isn't enjoyable to be yelled at for hours. I rarely write negative reviews but this situation compels me to do so. I hope the narrator is changed for the next two books in the series.
I did recommend it to my sister to see if it was just me or if the narrator was just awful. I love Nora Roberts and own almost all of her books or audio books. The narrator made all of the women sound old and killed this book for me!
Finn, he was always straight forward.
If she toned it down a bit.
I'm hoping they will recast the narrator and re-record this book so I can enjoy it.
I am not a fan of Nora Roberts. But I loved her Seven Signs paranormal trilogy so I read Dark Witch & loved it too. Kellgren's narration seemed a bit much in the 1st couple chapters. But as more characters entered she kinda grew on me & I really loved it. I'm looking forward to Shadow Spell & I hope Kellgren is the narrator.
A new narrator. Her interpretation detracted from the entire storyline. Mara and Brennan sound like old ladies.
Her voice grated. There was little difference between the mens and women's voices, she frequently screamed out the lines and there was very little nuance in her voice. I almost did not finish this book and asked for a refund as it was very unpleasant to listen to. I sure hope there is a new reader for the next two books in the trilogy.
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
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