Review

DARK WITCH is a fabulous start to the The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy by #1 New York Times Bestselling author, the incomparable, Nora Roberts.

First in the all-new Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love…

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.

Ireland.

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…

DARK WITCH was an entertaining book and I’m looking forward to starting the next installment…

Though a fantasy, more than anything, DARK WITCH is a story of hope, faith and especially FAMILY. Family doesn’t necessarily mean “blood relations,” it can simply mean those one feels a true kinship for, as happens for Iona with both her distant cousins and their friends.

While Iona gave me many “cringe-worthy” moments due to her unfailing honesty, she is a very lovable and genuine character who says anything that’s on her mind and loves fully and unconditionally.

There is a strong romance thread that runs through the story, but it is magick and family that are the driving forces for the book and those are the elements I enjoyed most.

My one complaint is that I would have liked to have seen more character development, particularly with Boyle and the secondary characters. I would have liked to have been more privy to their thoughts, as I believe it would have added a richness to the storyline.

Overall, however, DARK WITCH was an entertaining read and I’m looking forward to starting the next installment of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, SHADOW SPELL, tonight.  Connor and Meara will be headlining the romance portion of this sequel and it’s bound to be, to coin a phrase, DYNO-MITE!

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