Once a Gypsy
“A haunting and fresh voice in paranormal romance. Be prepared for Danica Winters to ensnare you in her dark and seductive world.”―Cecy Robson, author of the Weird Girls series and 2016 Double-Nominated RITA® Finalist
Even for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thi ...more
A fair old chunk of this book is devoted to showing the reader the lifestyle of Travellers. If like myself you've ever watched My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding with wi ...more
Helena is a powerful clairvoyant who is afraid of her powers. Her mom is a drunk. Her dad (da) is getting released from prison when her life is suddenly altered by an intentional meeting orchestrated by Graham Kelly.
Graham Kelly is a country man (gorger/not gypsy) and he needs Helena’s Da and her help at Adare Manor. There are strange occurrences at the manor as well as an attraction between Gr ...more
For a book billed as "paranormal romance," I kind of feel like this was both lacking on the paranormal and on the romance.
Oh, the paranormal is there, but in some ways it seems like an after thought. It's there at the very beginning, and then disappears for large chunks of the book, until well over the half-way point, and then it just kind of pops its heads up sporadically. This certainly isn't a deal killer for me, but this book is ...more
Short & sweet.
Interesting premise with some good moments. We have a likeable heroine who is a traveller but wants more out of life then just marriage and being a baby factory. She wants to learn. While picking up her Da from prison she has two encounters that will change her life.
She is prophesied to have the foreshaw and Graham Kelly a country man or gorger how the travellers call them talks to her. Those two things change her life.
Graham Kelly needs the gypsies help more specifically He ...more
Helena's lifestyle is very much the typical lifestyle of a traveller.
However you can see she wants more
She is longing to learn and escape the everyday reality.
Although Helena appears to love her traveller lifestyle you can see something is missing. She wants to attend university and learn new things.
Helena doesn't have any easy life, her Mum is a drunk and abus ...more
ONCE A GYPSY was an interesting paranormal romance read that suffered from a little too much going on. The setting and characters were fun, and the writing was good, but there were just a few too many bad guys.
I really liked Helena, the heroine of ONCE A GYPSY. She had a strong backbone and was willing to stand up for what she felt was right. Unfortunately, her opinion of right was sometimes colored by her family and their traditions. I loved watching ...more
I’ve been a bit disinterested with new books lately and seeking new authors and diving more into my original paranormal love. So when I saw this book I had to jump on it because it seemed a completely new spin on urban fantasy. The concept? Yeah, it’s very interesting! The execution of this book? Not so much.
I admit that my knowledge of the Traveller culture is as limited as what’s seen on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, but I thought it seemed the author did a good job at portraying that as far as w ...more
Helena meets Graham who wants to use her gifts to help his younger brother. They are attracted to each other but Helena knows that no ...more
Helena is different. She has dreams and aspirations that take her out of the Travellers world. She wants to go to school and become something different. Especially ...more
***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book!
This is the first book in the series.
This is an interesting read because I’ve never read a book about gypsies and Forshaw before. This book took quite a while to develop, and as it sometimes happens, it was a little slow at times to build the world and characters. I do not think th ...more
Helena O’Driscoll wants more out of life than marriage to a “good enough” Traveler boy and the subsequent brood of children. She longs to break free of tradition and do something she’s passionate about—pursue an education, forge a career…fall in love with kind, awkward Graham Kelly. But Graham is a gorger, and being with him would mean being shunned from her family. The la ...more
Interesting story and the legends that the book follows. I usually only read contemporary romance and as this is a bit out my normal genre I found it refreshing for a change.
Learning about being blessed the ability of psychic makes you think.
Some of the slang words take a bit to get used to but after a while it's common. Helena is there to pick up her father when the old man that comes out of the prison approaches her. She finally realizes it is him after the phrase ...more
Although I really enjoyed the characters in ONCE A GYPSY I felt that they got lost in the story. There was a lot to get through and a lot going on at once which made it hard to focus on the characters themselves. The good ...more
It’s a romance about a teenager feeling trapped in the Romani culture she grew up in. She wants to go to college, have financial independence, and her ...more
Once a Gypsy is a paranormal fantasy romance and is the first book in the Irish Traveller series by Danica Winters. I loved that Once a Gypsy was set in Ireland. It was a beautiful backdrop for a really interesting book. I think the Irish Traveller series is going to be a good one. I can't wait to continue it with the next installment. There were a lot of unanswered questions with Once a Gypsy and a lot of plot lines ...more
I've been a bit disinterested with new books lately and seeking new authors and diving more into my original paranormal love. So when I saw this book I had to jump on it because it seemed a completely new spin on urban fantasy. The concept? Yeah, it's very interesting! The execution of this book? Not so much.
I admit that my knowledge of the Traveller culture is as limited as what's seen on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, but I thought it seemed the author did a good job at portraying that as far as w
It is different since it is about Irish Gypsy Travelers. Helena wants a different kind of life instead of an arranged marriage and being a stay at home mother. She wants to go to a university and have a job. She has a problem that her family doesn't have, she's a Forshaw which means she can see the future.
Graham is a groundskee ...more
I loved this book! A very entertaining read. A bit of magic, a bit of mystery, a bit of murder and a bit of love. This book has it all. I loved the characters. Helena and her family have great personalities and Graham is a dreamboat, so sweet and chivalrous.
I loved the Gypsy theme, very intriguing. I also loved Adare Manor, a very ominous place with lots of secrets. The Author lures you in with just the right amount of myster ...more
Why I started this book: I wasn't feeling tired last night, and so I selected this ebook from the many that I have in my TBR pile.
Why I finished it: The story itself wasn't that impressive, but I was fascinating by the glimpse into a modern gypsy family.. ...more
I’m always on the lookout for new fantasy series (especially contemporary fantasy series) to latch onto, and going by the blurb on Danica Winters’ Once a Gypsy, book 1 in the all-new Irish Traveller series, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it promised a girl with awe-inspiring myst ...more