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Once a Gypsy

(Irish Traveller #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Thrilling and romantic, Once a Gypsy starts a brand new series from award-winning author Danica Winters.

“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
Paperback, 290 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Diversion Books
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Marta Cox
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I confess that I've read the authors previous series about Nymphs which managed to combine suspense with paranormal romance albeit with a light touch so when I was offered a chance to read this I thought why not? The author has written a story involving the Irish Travelling community but with a nod to their perceived powers of foresight .
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
Once a Gypsy immerses the reader into the travelling culture with a dollop of clairvoyance on the side.

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
Carrie Mansfield
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Received as an e-ARC through NetGalley for review consideration.

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
Kate's Corner

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
2.5 stars. Review to come.

*eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Dash fan
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Having watched so many traveller television documentaries I can see that Danica has put alot of thought and research into Once a Gypsy.

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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

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
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)

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
Kathy Martin
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This contemporary fantasy is set in Ireland. The main character Helena is a Traveller but is having trouble fitting in because the things she wants aren't things Traveller girls shoudl want. She doesn't want to marry and she wants to attend university. When she discovers that she also has the gift of Forshaw and can see the future, things don't get easier for her.

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
Tanya Davis
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Once a Gypsy takes us into a different area of the paranormal. I haven't read much about "Travellers". This setting was new to me. I knew that gypsy's had many different beliefs and basically a pretty bare bones lifestyle. I don't want to say "rough" life, because for them it is all they knew and they likely did not consider it rough.

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
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!!!
***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
No Apology Book Reviews
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Danica Winters and Diversion Books for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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
Julie Barrett
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters
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
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
ONCE A GYPSY was nothing like I thought it was going to be. That isn't bad, but it was not the book I thought I was going to read which is kinda funny considering I just re-read the blurb and it describes the book exactly. I don't know why I thought it was going to be different.

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
Bambi Unbridled
This one is not holding my attention. DNF at 10%.
Fiona Jallings
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I met the author, Danica Winters at the local sci-fi/fantasy convention, Miscon. She was really friendly, and by the end, knew me by name, and we spent some time chatting. She was delighted that I already knew what MetaData was. At the end of one of her panels, she gave me a copy of this book and signed it, and asked to me to review it. So, I will.

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
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Helena is a gypsy traveller in Ireland. She lives with her family; a drunken mother, protective father, and several siblings. Helena doesn't accept the typical role of a female gypsy - arranged marriage, gypsy lifestyle. She's been studying hard to take the entrance exam to university even through the opposition and obstacles her mother throws her way. When Helena realizes that her paranormal ability is being able to see into the future, she tries to keep it hidden. There are a couple people who ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

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
Under the Covers Book Blog

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

Barb Eck
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this first book of a new paranormal romance series by Danica Winters. I received a copy of the book to review by Goodreads. I would recommend this book to anyone

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
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think I kept forgetting that this was a "supernatural romance" so it shouldn't have been surprising that the two characters from different worlds (hey, cliche much?) fell in love almost immediately. From what I know of Pavee culture, the book portrayed that accurately, and the addition of the Forshaw was culturally appropriate, I just felt like there was a lack of "world building" and everything just happened too quickly for me to truly appreciate the story. I don't think I'll read the next bo ...more
Linda Romer
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviews
Once a Gypsy: The Irish Traveller Series - Book One by Danica Winters

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
Alice Boni
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once A Gypsy is the first book in a paranormal trilogy by Danica Winters. I really liked it. It is based on the traveling life of a gypsy ,they stick together and are forbidden to get involved with non Gypsies. But Helena is different. She doen't want to marry --she wants to go to university. When handsome, Graham, the groundskeeper of Adare manor needs her help, she follows him back to the manor. Helen has the gift of seeing the future and a powerful healing touch. Sparks fly between them as th ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters is the first book in the Irish Traveller series. Helena, the main character is an Irish traveller, a gypsy who unlike the rest of her family has the ability to see the future. Ireland was the perfect setting for this story which has mystery and a little romance. Helena meets Graham who works at Adare Manor, the place where she will use her powers to try to help Graham and his family. I liked the characters and the Irish setting. I am looking forward to reading more ...more
Helena is a modern gypsy, torn between the traditions of her family and her desire for freedom. Gypsy women marry young and belong t0 their husbands. Dreaming of finishing her education she and her father start working for the mysterious Graham.

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..
Mary Bronson
I thought this was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. I thought the plot and characters were well written. I never read anything about the gypsy or traveller's life. I have seen some on t.v, but never in book form. I like the idea of the main character have supernatural powers of for seeing the future. I can not wait to read the next book.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Bit of a disappointment. Seemed to start as a supernatural mystery, but it is actually a "star-crossed" romance. None of the characters captured me enough to want to read the second book.
Nola Arganbright
A great story

I loved the Traveler culture so interwoven into the story. Very good characters and plot and an exciting tale of Ireland's secrets.
Darcy Moore
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book

Amazing start to a series. A very different twist on clairvoyants and having the ability to see the future I loved the change!
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels.

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
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Danica Winters is an Amazon bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was the winner of the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Paranormal Romantic Suspense Book of the Year Award and Chanticleer Media’s Paranormal Book of the Year for her novel Montana Must ...more

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