Friday 27 December 2013

Dark Witch (Book one in the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy) by Nora Roberts

Source: Purchased


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.


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…


Nora Roberts is by far one of my favourite romance authors, and I love when she puts a little spin on the stories, and this one did not disappoint at all! We meet Iona when she arrives in Ireland after selling off all her belongings and taking a chance on moving from the US to Ireland to find her heritage, something I have always wanted to do.

We learn early on that she is part of a long line of witches, and when she meets her cousins she becomes part of the three, and later on we learn what the three are and what it means, and I find it very cool. I really liked all the characters in this book as well, they were all very normal loving people, even the witches, they were very easy to like and root for.

The romance in dark witch was not the forefront of the story which is a bit of a different switch for Nora Roberts, and I think that it worked really well. The main plot of this story is the history in Iona's family, where they came from, and what they have to do to save their future. I loved her cousins, and their friends, I think that they each added a little to the story without the author trying too hard. 

The romance between Iona and Boyle was perfect, it didn't move too fast, and I liked how she acted like a giddy teenager a little when he was around, or when she was thinking about him, it was very sweet. Boyle on the other hand seemed very reserved about getting involved with her, and I can understand his reasons for it, however, I am glad that in the end they seemed to come to a compromise. 

I loved everything about this book, and will be patiently awaiting the next one in April, this one gets a 5/5!


  1. I'm so sad that I didn't like this one! I only made it about 5-6 chapters before I set it down. I just couldn't get into it. Also, I didn't like the main character /= I usually love everything by Nora Roberts ]=

    1. That is no good :( I am excited to pick up the second in the trilogy it just came out not that long ago, I hope I like it too.