American doctor Tara Moore wants to disappear. On the run from an abusive husband, she seeks shelter on a windswept Irish island and dismisses the villagers' speculation that she is descended from a selkie - a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island.
Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, she struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O'Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.
©2013 Sophie Moss (P)2014 Sophie Moss
Enchanting, Engaging, Exciting
The character interactions are amazing, and the author's descriptions pull you right in.
Her voice is comforting and easy to listen to, so you aren't distracted from the story because of vocal issues. She changes tone for the different characters, so you know exactly what's going on line by line.
The story was powerful, the characters were strong and the setting made me want to move there.
Tara-strong female who had suffered a lot but was willing to take charge of her life and make it better.
She reads so well. She's very articulate but at the same time, pulls you into the story with her inflections and enthusiasm for the story.
Hope the author puts more books out for Audible-I'd like to have the rest of the triology on it.
I've read the trilogy, and couldn't wait to hear it read aloud. Hopefully the next book will come out soon.
DuMaurier's REBECCA; Mary Stewart's romantic thrillers; more recently, Susanna Kearsley's THE ROSE GARDEN. They are romantic, but also tightly written, and extremely suspenseful.
Her voices made the different characters come alive. It's amazing to hear one person shift back and forth -- you feel that you are listening to real people, real lives.
It was! An excellent outing. I urge listeners to make time to hear the whole thing at one go. If they do, they, like I, will be anxious for the next audio book.
I was surprised at the clarity of the recording. My hearing is not good, but there was none of the mechanical noise I often find in recorded books.
I think that hearing the language in this particular case really enhances the feeling of being in the world of the book.
Hollis McCarthy was the perfect reader for the novel. She has a rich voice which combined with her handling of the narrative helped to paint a rich picture of the island and its inhabitants. She really excelled with the lilting Irish accents in all of their variety. She is adroit in creating different characters. I hope that she will continue reading the rest of the series.
I was drawn into the story immediately and although I knew the outcome would be a positive one, I remained engaged with the characters and action until the end.
Beyond the romance and mystery at the center of the plot I was drawn into the life and world of the island and the people who lived there. I really think that listening to The Selkie Spell read aloud is the best way to enjoy the richness of the world created by Sophie Moss and Hollis McCarthy. Good job all around!
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (romance/fantasy) - The Selkie Spell is a beautifully written story about a young American woman (Tara) who is fleeing from her abusive husband. With a new identity and trusting no one, she drifts from place to place, finally landing on a tiny Irish island which has an ancient secret of its own. It is here on this island that Tara hopes to find temporary safety and peace, but she finds much, much more.
There is a lot to this story. The legend of the Selkies is interesting (and you can read more about it online). I enjoyed the description of the island, its quaint village and its beauty. It is interesting as Tara's story unfolds and you learn who she really is and why she is on the run. The romance is sweet and sexy, and I loved the way the story ended.
PERFORMANCE - I've never listened to this narrator before, but she has a warm, velvety voice. She does a good job differentiating between the various characters and expressing their emotions. I appreciated her attempt at Texas accents for a few of the characters but, as a Texan myself, I can gladly say that very few of us talk that way! Her Irish accents seemed authentic enough and fit well with the story.
OVERALL - I'd recommend this for women looking for a romantic escape. There's a small amount of profanity and violence. There is some sex, but in my opinion it's not particularly graphic or overdone. This is the first book in a series, but it stands alone.
Coming into this I was not sure what to expect. The selkie myth is huge yet there are not a lot of books that focus it it, so this was a delightful change from my usual shifters. I was also thrilled with the idea of delving into some Celtic myth.
The story here is beautifully crafted. From the very start I was enchanted and did not want to stop reading. The whole book is very much like a Selkie Siren singing her song that puts you under a charming spell. I did not want it to end and was beyond thrilled to find it is actually a series!
The story comes from a mixed narrative, mostly from the two leads POV, but also from many supporting characters. This gives you a more rounded tale and gain huge insights into the whole world. The transitions were smooth and flowed beautifully from one character to the next.
I love Tara, she has such strength and determination. She meets her match in Dominic, they are both so stubborn. You can feel the chemistry from the start and there is no surprise that these two will get together. I love it when the sparks fly! The romance here is lovely and melts your heart at times!
The story has so much more than just a romance. Everything about this sleep island town is engaging and the characters easily draw you in further. There are some great layers with the Selkie's curse and the danger following Tara. Everything combined to make an enchanting read.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hollis McCarthy, who does a brilliant job! She takes on many distinct voices and delivers a delicious Irish accent in the hero! She has a fantastic pace in her read that lends itself to the movement of the story. This was a perfect marriage of narrator and book! I hope she stays with the whole series if it comes to audio.
Overall, this is a dynamic read that delights the reader with beautiful prose and engaging characters. So much going on in this story but it never feels too busy. Ms Moss is also clever enough to weave in threads of the other two books characters. I am eager to see Caitlin and Glenna discover their HEA! When I accept a book to review I am always worried about how I will react. I am happy to admit I am ecstatic with this find and can not wait to read more of this charming author!
Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.
The story captured my attention from the very first chapter. I finished in one day, The author was excellent and made the story so much more interesting to listen too. If you like a story with an Irish theme and Irish Myths you will enjoy listening to this captivating story.
All the characters are great especially, Kelsey who is always one step ahead of the grown-ups
The author's narration of the story brings the characters and land to life as if you are their with them in Ireland.
Can't wait audible to add book 2 and 3 to their list of audible books to purchase,
This is a new author for us and we will be glad to keep track. Hope Audible gets the other two in soon
I like the characters but needed to have more on the Selkie at the end of the book. Also why the seals helped out Tara. Need to explain What a Selkie is and why they are loved by the sea animals, most people don't know. the narrator was great. Didn't try to to deepen the voice for mail characters and was just not reading. The story was very good with each character, and intertwined with the island and myth.
It takes into account history and weaves many interesting intrigues into the story.
fantasy versus reality
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