Narrator: Hollis McCarthy
Length: 8 hours 21 mins
Series: Seal Island Trilogy #1
on March 26, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In this modern-day fairy tale romance, American doctor Tara Moore's life is transformed when she travels to an enchanted Irish island and discovers she has the power to break a 200 year old curse. At first, Tara laughs off the villagers' speculation that she is descended from a selkie--a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, Tara struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O'Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.
The Selkie Spell is your tale of someone seeking to disappear for whatever reason in a small, unnoticeable town. The problem is, the island Tara finds herself on isn’t as unnoticeable as she had hoped. There is a legend on the island that is widely known and celebrated, and it seems may even involve Tara. Hiding on this island isn’t as easy as she originally thought it was going to be.
The magic was actually very light and subtle, just glossing over to get a bit of an idea that there was even a connection to Tara and her appearance on the island. I was expecting more, as I had even seen this book listed as “paranormal romance” is some places. I think this book is better categorized in the contemporary romance genre. The magical aspect was always there in the background, but I had a hard time relating it to what was actually going on in the present. I am still not sure I understand how the magic actually helped Tara.
I found that it was difficult to tell whose point of view I was actually listening to at some points in the story, and I’m not sure if it was the story itself that bounced around, or if the narration simply didn’t differentiate between the voices enough to keep me seeing from the right eyes. It was pretty frustrating at times.
The romance was sweet and was built on a very tiny foundation so I was always anxious to see if it would hold up under the obstacles the couple faced. The relationship sort of went from freezing cold to romantic kind of overnight. The final scenes are a whirlwind of activity and you have to really pay attention to catch all of the stuff going on that makes the HEA possible.
I think, overall, I would have enjoyed the book more if I hadn’t of been expecting more paranormal in it.
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