Thursday, 2 October 2014

Review: Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #1)
Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Piatkus
Release Date: 2 October 2014 (Paperback)

Iona Sheehan has always felt a powerful connection to Ireland. So when her beloved grandmother confesses an extraordinary family secret, she can't resist visiting County Mayo to discover the truth for herself. Arriving at the atmospheric Castle Ashford, Iona is excited to meet her enigmatic cousins, Connor and Branna O'Dwyer. And when she lands a job at the local riding school she is soon drawn to its owner - the charismatic, fiercely independent Boyle McGrath. Perhaps she has found her true home at last...

But Iona's arrival is no accident. The three cousins have each inherited a dangerous gift from an ancestor known as the Dark Witch. And they are about to discover that some old legends can return to haunt the present.

The first in a magical new trilogy, Dark Witch is a captivating story of love, family and destiny.

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Nora Roberts definitely has a knack for writing sweet and interesting romances. Dark Witch has a really intriguing concept and I really enjoyed the paranormal aspect and how it seemed so normal for the characters of the book. 

Iona has always felt a bit out of place and like she didn't quite fit. All that changed when the impulsive Iona decides to find her roots and move to Ireland. There she finds her cousins and her home, also discovering that she is part of a powerful and ancient magick that is her destiny. Iona is a ball of energetic, open fun. She's so sweet and honest, she just wants to find her place and that's exactly what she finds in Ireland. As part of her gift, Iona has an affinity with horses and she lands on her feet soon after arrival when she starts working at the local stables. 

Boyle is a co-owner of the stables where Iona starts working. He's brusque and doesn't mince his words, but he has a very gentle soul which shows in his work with the horses. 
Iona and Boyle soon have sparks flying between them, even whilst Boyle tries to maintain a distance between them. I loved that they have the connection through their shared love of horses and Boyle (mostly) takes Iona's powers in his stride. 

Whilst I enjoyed Boyle and Iona's unfolding romance, it sometimes takes more of a backseat to the plotline following Iona and her cousins' fight against an old enemy. I did thoroughly enjoy watching Iona's confidence and power grow as she also grew closer to the other characters. 
The other characters form a vital part of the story, and they'll have their own stories in the rest of the series which I'll definitely be looking forward to.

*I received a review copy from the publisher, for my honest opinion. Thank you!

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