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Posted August 24, 2009
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Now onto my review of her debut novel, Butterfly, which is the first book of her Fadó Trilogy. I love reading about the Irish since I read my first romance novel by Nora Roberts called Three Fates and when I read the blurb for this novel I knew it would be a good book for me to read and review. When I start to read this novel I could tell that the blurb was right and the heroine, Flannery Sloane, is a free spirited bohemian with a soul blessed by Irish musical tradition. She doesn't give a care for where she's going or how she'll get there because joy and passion are her only map. Flann is a wonderful character that I had a pleasure getting to know because she is so different from some of the other heroines I've read and, though she's not interested in falling in love, she wouldn't mind a little fun with a fine looking man, which I completely agree with, LOL! Now the hero of the novel, Hunter "Cade" Kincade, looks like he could fill that bill and have a bit of change left over and that is something I completely agree with because if I were Flann I would totally have him for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But even though Cade and Flann have this instant chemistry that sparks even before they official meet there are some flaws in both of them that may as well stop their relationship before if even gets started. Flannery never wears a watch so she's late for everything but the downbeat of a fiddle tune which is her entire live since her mother handed her her first fiddle. She's happy serving pints in the pub that her two older fraternal twin brother, Tynan, and sister, Kerry, run in Boston and also playing for tips and smiles in the Feneuil Hall Marketplace. While Cade thrives on punctuality which really isn't going to work out if he wants to make things work with Flann. He is in the music business with his focus on the bottom line which is why the pretty fiddle player with the bright green eyes would make his next production worth the price of a CD. Their only common ground is the belief that falling in love is a danger to health and sanity. Will it take more than Irish magic to pull a man like Cade into the spell of a woman like Flannery? They are all wrong for each other...and yet they are so right as a couple who will bake their relationship last forever. I practically devoured this novel in less than a day which means that this book is a great read since at the time I started reading it I was starting my family vacation to the Dominican Republic. Flann and Cade are like polar opposites when I start reading this novel but as I got more into the plot I could see that they are both so much alike if they would only get past their insecurities that formed from their past experiences. I was so sad when I finally came to the end of this novel because I never wanted it to end since I fell in love with both Flann and Cade as well as the wonderful secondary characters that made this novel so much fun to read. As a debut novel Clare Austin has woven a romantic Irish tale with intriguing characters that will keep you flipping the pages until the very end. This is only the beginning of what I feel will be a great trilogy that I will be keeping a watch for. The next two books in Clare Austin's Fadó Trilogy, Angel's Share, (which is about Kerry Sloane) and the yet to be titled third book (which is about Tynan Sloane).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2009
I really didn't want this book to end and am looking forward to the next the series. The main characters will have you laughing and crying, the musical theme is fun and the Boston setting very believable. A lovely romance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 10, 2009
Clare Austin's Butterfly pulses with the beat of Celtic fiddle tunes and the driving urgency of the bodhran. Fairy-like Flannery Sloane ignores the time you and I live by, and lives by the beat of her heart. She doesn't care much for money or fame, as long as she can play her fiddle and elicit the smiles and the admiration of Irish music fans. Until one day a $100 bill drops into her fiddle case, and the mysterious Hunter Kincade becomes an admirer. Attracted by a mutual spark, Hunter and Flannery begin an intricate dance of attraction and avoidance. Their family background is worlds apart, but the dissonance creates a tension that encircles them and magnetizes their relationship.
Old Boston money and Irish charm compete for your affection as this enthralling story unfolds, full of wit, pathos, fascinating characters and the rhythm of the Celtic soul. Contemporary story-telling with roots in the ancient forests of Erin's Isle draws you in, as you ponder whether this budding relationship has a chance.
Lyrical style, sparkling conversation, a setting as vibrant as downtown Boston can generate, and characters that will work their way into your heart make Butterfly a page-turner. This highly original debut novel, first in a trilogy focusing on Flannery, her sister Kerry and her brother Tynan, will hook you from the first page. Their personalities expose deep contrasts, but their loyalty to family and their music bond them together in unbreakable ties.
Readers who enjoy romance, Celtic music, Boston and Irish settings and story-telling where not a word is wasted will not be disappointed with Butterfly.
Posted October 21, 2010
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