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…
We start this book with Sorcha and her three children. Sorcha is the Dark Witch, helping to take care of her people and her friends with spells and magic. She is a good witch, of course. Her husband is off to war, as he usually is, and she misses him something fierce. But Sorcha is ill and getting weaker by the day. An old evil haunts her, wanting her power, willing to kill to get it. Sorcha uses everything she has to give her power to her children, to make them run, so they will be safe. She knows she cannot defeat the evil witch, but centuries in the future, her descendants will find each other and find a way to rid the world of him.
I love how, in several of Ms Roberts' last books, the male character has been gruff and a jerk, to a point. The female character just shoos it off and does as she likes to get her man. It's pretty hilarious.
I have heard lately that people think Ms Roberts' trilogies are getting old. That the Inn Innsboro was nothing but a publicity stunt to advertise her Inn in Maryland (which I think sounds fabulous!) Who cares?! It was a great setting for a book!
I absolutely adored this book. Magic and Horses and Ireland. Nothing can go wrong here! Iona is a quirky, horse girl and Boyle is a grumpy horseman. It fits!! I almost didn't care about characterization and plot and all that. I loved this book and thats that!