Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Penguin Publishing
original title Dark Witch
edition language English
series The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #1
characters Iona Sheehan, Branna O’Dwyer, Connor O’Dwyer, Boyle McGrath
setting Cong, County Mayo (Ireland) Ireland
other editions (28)
Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library
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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.
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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As with each book that I have read written by author Nora Roberts
was looking for a smooth flow, likable charming characters, appealing location and plenty of the imaginative twists that make reading her work recognizable.
Magic, love, mystery, suspense, family, friendships and more. What a wonderful example of why this author is one I return to again and again knowing her story, characters, plot lines and style of writing will make it very easy to immerse myself in her book world allowing everything around me to fade away!
In the books beginning we learn about Sorcha,the ancestress and original Dark Witch, her son Eamon-daughters Teagan and Brannaugh and how in 1263 the battle between good and evil began.
The main tale takes place however in 2013 when American Iona Sheehan comes to County Mayo Ireland to visit the place brought to life in stories told to her by her grandmother.
On her first day she manages to meet her cousin Branna O’Dwyer, gets a chance at a job with local stable owner Boyle McGrath and for the first time in her life feels a sense of belonging.
Learning that she is part of the triumvirate that now houses the powers of the Dark Witch Iona also finds a well of strong magic inside that she must learn to harness and control to help Branna and Connor defeat Cabhan who is the evil witch that has plagued their family for centuries trying to steal the magic passed on through Sorcha’s bloodline.
Amidst learning her magic Iona embraces her new life wholeheartedly, along with making new friends she also finds herself finally falling head over heels in love with a man for the first time in her life. After a few stops and starts she believes that the one she has chosen feels as strongly as she does, a belief that is tested early on leading to them argue but remain friends after clearing the air.
As always the romantic elements lend spice to the main story line, and as always it is such a pleasure to see how the obstacles to true happiness are overcome one by one. The main question still remains though whether all the preparation for the final showdown between good and evil will be enough and whether the O'Dwyers and Iona Sheehan, their American cousin, will prevail over Cabhan.
The answer to this and other questions will be found within the book and must be experienced firsthand so do not wait but grab your copy soon.
Looking forward to continuing with [b:Shadow Spell|18527947|Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)|Nora Roberts|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1384821301s/18527947.jpg|26233574], book 2 in series sooner than later.