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The Wild Irish Sea: A windswept tale of love and magic

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    Sweeping Romance

    Originally posted at:*****The Wild Irish Sea is a captivating story that snares the reader, captures the interest, and steals the heart. Author Loucinda McGary has written a book that is so unique and unforgettable that once you start reading, you will be unable to stop.

    Amber O'Neil rushes to the aid of her brother, Parker, when she receives a mental distress call that travels from Ireland to the United States. This particular message is unique as their ability to communicate with one another (they are twins) usually doesn't carry so far away, and she is able to identify not only his terror, but that he is harmed. When she arrives at the place Parker visited to get in touch with his cultural roots, she seeks out the first person she is told can help her. Half conscious and exhausted, she soon finds herself in the arms of a gruff and handsome Irishman.

    Kevin Hennessy was once a decent policeman, husband, and soon to be father. That all changed on a tragic night that all but ruined his life. Now, he's struggling to stay sober and keep his head afloat. When Amber arrives at his home, banging on the door, he's shocked and intrigued by her. She's beautiful and intelligent -- if not a little strange. When she informs him she's here to find her missing brother, he vows to stay out of it. Unfortunately, tuning Amber out isn't as easy as he thinks.

    From the moment our hero and heroine meet, you'll sense their connection. Both have been harmed by events in the past, yet can't deny their attraction to one another. I loved the slow burn and chemistry that strengthened along with the story and couldn't wait to see what happened next. The supporting cast is also fantastic and added so much to the plot and overall development of the work. Fantastical elements aside, this is a book about people, relationships, and hope, and Ms. McGary never allows you to forget that.

    Well written and fast paced -- with tons of action, steam, and suspense -- you'll soar through The Wild Irish Sea and finish before you're ready. This is definitely a book for the revered TBR list.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    A Lilt in Your Heart

    Author Loucinda McGary often made up her own endings to books as a child if she didn't like them. In high school she penned stories about her friends, and in college she published over a dozen poems in magazines. After life got in the way of her writing aspirations, she recently chose to leave her management career to pursue her one true love. Other titles include: The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice. When not traveling, she resides in California with her family.

    Amber O'Neil is awakened in the middle of the night to visions of her twin brother fighting for his life. Desperate to find Parker, she rushes across the ocean to the rocky shores of Ireland in hopes of finding him before it's too late. Turning to the only man who can help, reclusive local inspector Kevin Hennessy is anything but believing of her wild tale. Ever since they were children and found themselves experimented on when others learned of their gift, the telepathic link with her brother has always remained their secret. But now Amber finds herself connecting minds with not only Parker, but Kevin as well. When a ruthless band of smugglers, the mystery of a selkie prince, and the wild Irish sea bring these two lost souls together, not only is there a union of mind and body, but a love that cannot be denied.

    I adore Irish stories, and this was no exception. A fascinating blend of American and Irish culture come together in this tale to bring the reader right there on the rocky shores, feeling the spray on your face and a lilt to your heart. The secondary characters, Parker, Meriol, Connor, Ronan, and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, really added to this book. This is also a book which readers can take a lot from. A bit of adventure, a little fantasy, a touch of humor, and a lot of love make for a delightful read. This is an author who understands her setting and is able to illustrate it beautifully with eloquence. I will never think of seals the same way again, nor will I ever overlook the wonderful legends of Ireland. Though there is the mystery element to this book, I found the telepathy angle and love story more rewarding. Highly recommended, and I certainly look forward to more from this author.

    Kelly Moran,
    Author and Reviewer

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