Like other authors, Nora Roberts does not always get it right, but with this book, she not only got it right, she NAILED it!
The story is set in Ireland -- in olden times, at first, and then, at about Chapter 3, jumps to 2013.
The groundwork is laid in the first few chapters. However, some readers cannot deal with the paranormal aspect. If not, start at chapter 3 -- the story is just that good!
Anyways, once upon a time, there was a Dark Witch -- a good witch, and her family. Each of her three children had unqiue gifts. Plus, they communicated WELL with certain animals -- hawk, hound, and horse. As with any good tale of good vs. evil, there also has to be a bad guy. In this case, Coven.
Jump forward to 2013. We meet Iona Sheehan in County Mayo, Ireland. She has just "moved" here from the states. This is great fiction because she meets her O'Dwyer cousins -- Connor and Branna, is offered a place to live, and gets a job doing what she lives most, all within a couple of days of being there (there's actually a bit more that occurs here, but I hit some of the highlights).
Coven, remember him? Well as any bad sorcerer (best describes him) is, he is alive and well in 2013, and around to wreak havoc on the cousins and their friends, Finn (who is friends with the O'Dwyer's, but also related to Coven. Still, he chose his side a long time ago), Meara, and Boyle -- a love interest for Iona.
Anyways, Roberts has done an excellent job with this story. The words just flow, as if traveling over gently rolling hills in Ireland (for the most part). Occasionally, it is like being part of an Irish storm.
Also, Katherine Kellgren (reader) did an EXTRAORDINARY job of bringing Roberts' words to "life", and making me care about this story, and what is happening to these characters!
I loved this so much that I am actually listening to it a second time! (less)
Dr. Anna Moder, aka well, lots of aliases -- the real winner? Will Dr. Tina Campbell please stand up? -- has just witnessed a shooting of what / who t...moreDr. Anna Moder, aka well, lots of aliases -- the real winner? Will Dr. Tina Campbell please stand up? -- has just witnessed a shooting of what / who turns out to be a werewolf, Caleb. This doesn't bother her in the least. Reason? She's come from a stint as Pack Doctor for Caleb's family, but he doesn't know this because a) As a bounty hunter, he lives away from the pack most of the time, and b) She's on the run from her violent "husband" (we'll use that term loosely), and is not at all forthcoming about the details of her current or past life.
It's a great read, and I highly recommend this for anyone who is running from or trying to escape a controlling spouse, significant other, etc. There is help for you! (less)
I tried and then I tried again, but I just could not get into this book. I gave up the last time at around page 60. This is the beginning of where the...moreI tried and then I tried again, but I just could not get into this book. I gave up the last time at around page 60. This is the beginning of where the pages were laid out in a diagonal, often cutting off words.
Dear Publishers, If you want someone to read a book that you have "produced," please set the type in a straight column, and not at an angle, with the words cut off!(less)
This, the newest in the Ghost Walker series was a fabulous read! I am absolutely in love with Tom Stechschulte's voice! He is a terrific reader, which...moreThis, the newest in the Ghost Walker series was a fabulous read! I am absolutely in love with Tom Stechschulte's voice! He is a terrific reader, which makes a story that much better!(less)