Dark Witch (The Cousions O’Dwyer Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Publisher: Berley Trade
Synopsis: 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…
Personal Thoughts: I love reading books that I know are going to be trilogies. Add in the fact that there are witches and spells involved and it is set in Ireland and I am sold. I went into this book with high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved every part of it. Iona shows up in Ireland with the barest of essentials and hopes for the best. She’s there to find her family roots and it doesn’t take her long to find her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer.
The biggest surprise is her new boss at the local stables. Boyle is everything that she know she should avoid, but has a weakness for. As she is settling in with her new life, there a few mysteries that she needs to solve, for there is an ancient evil that has a long history within their family tree. Iona has a lot of learn but with the help of her cousins and Boyle, she is in good hands.
What starts out as an adventure into a new chapter of Iona’s life, there is more to be won than lost. She isn’t going to let anyone, whether an ancient evil, witch or mortal get in her way.
This is a story of family, friends, love and fighting for what matters the most. With Nora’s detailed descriptions, amazing settings and an imagination that takes us into unexplored territory, Dark Witch will please readers who love the unknown and the magic of family and friends. I highly recommend this book! 🙂
Rating: 4/5 Stars