Haunting Beauty

Haunting Beauty

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by Erin Quinn
     
 

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Danni Jones doesn't believe in destiny until she meets the seductive Sean Ballagh, who lures her back to Ireland, to a moment in her own past when her life was destroyed, giving her the chance to change everything. Now, Danni must fight the forces that threaten to rip her and Sean apart and rewrite history.

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Danni Jones doesn't believe in destiny until she meets the seductive Sean Ballagh, who lures her back to Ireland, to a moment in her own past when her life was destroyed, giving her the chance to change everything. Now, Danni must fight the forces that threaten to rip her and Sean apart and rewrite history.

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From the Publisher
"A complex, mysterious, and very satisfying story!"
-Diana Gabaldon

"A mystical tale of intrigue and seduction...The imagery is breathtaking and the prose is beautiful and authentic...you live the story, not just read it."
-Calista Fox, author of Object of Desire

"A dark and passionate romance with the literary brilliance of The Time Traveler's Wife."
-Kathryne Kennedy, author of Enchanting the Lady

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425228173
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Series:
A Mists of Ireland Novel Series, #1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Haunting Beauty 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first inquired about this book I was told that is was not part of a series and read book 2 1st. Found out from the author it was part of a series. Then read the 1st book. To be honest, I don't see how this one slipped through the cracks. A truly fasinating story that mixes today with the past. Each book takes you to another time. Add in the Celtic and Irish folklore and myths for a mysterious tale that will keep you turning the pages and unable to put the book down. Drama, action, adventure, romance all wrapped into one. The characters come alive and you literally feel like you are on the journey with them. Throw an evil magical book and dreams that guide you on your path and destiny - or are they dreams?? Guess you'll never know unless you read the books. Erin Quinn I take my hat off to you!! A truly fansastic story - BRAVO!! Don't let the store tell you these are not part of a series there are 4 books in total. These books are not for the young teen more for adults due to the sexual content.
AmyC-NY More than 1 year ago
Abandoned at a young age, Danni has always felt different. Afraid to open herself up and explore the oddness of who she is. Danni never knew what happened to her family. She grew up in foster home after foster home. And then one night a strange, yet somehow familiar man, appears on her doorstep, and from that moment on, everything changes. This man, Sean Ballagh, claims to know where her father is, who she is, where she's from. He has answers she's lived her entire life wondering about.------- Now's her chance to discover her past, as visions unfold, and an amazing journey sweeps both Danni and Sean back in time to twenty years in the past, just a few days before the terrible events unfold that will change their life to the one they just left. It's not often second chances are given. Does Danni have the power within herself to alter the tragic events?-------- The imagery and tone created a mysterious and vivid story. The twisted, tangled, and devastating events from the past catapult this book on a journey to uncover the secrets that will allow Danni and Sean to find the peace and answers they need to heal and find the love of of a family Danni has always yearned to have. The twists and turns this dark tale takes you on was at times confusing, and some things were left unanswered or rather unanswerable, but I chalk that up to storytelling and the beauty of fiction. Let your mind wonder and explore the possibilities.------ Complex and fascinating to say the least!
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lvsgund More than 1 year ago
As the cover remark from Dianna Gabaldon says, "A complex, mysterious, and very satisfying story!" That sums it up for me too. I loved this unique time travel/ghost story. It reminded me of the old fashioned ghost stories that grabbed your interest and kept you guessing throughout - kind of like how the movie "The Sixth Sense" was unique and grabbed your attention - you couldn't believe what was happening. Haunting Beauty's story centers around Danni Jones who works in an antique shop in Arizona with her foster mother. Danni doesn't remember anything about her life before she was dropped off at a day care when she was a little girl and her mother never returned. Danni is haunted by vivid dreams that seem so real to her of people she's never met and places she's never been. One of the subjects of her most recent dream appears on her doorstep one day out of the blue. Irishman Sean Ballagh appears with a story that she finds hard to believe. He claims that she's from Ireland and she disappeared 20 years ago. He wants her to come back to Ireland where she belongs. She's very attracted to Sean, but something isn't quite right with him or his story. The mystery they share together builds until the final surprising end. I loved the style that Erin Quinn writes, having chapters end with a shocking revelation. Her prose is very sophisticated, which I really admire and appreciate. Danni and Sean are filled with such depth and passion that you don't always get in paranormal characters. I also really enjoyed her unique spin on time travel. I loved how she weaved Irish folktales of magic with mystery. I highly recommend Haunting Beauty!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book in this series. Very original and compelling.
Lkcoulter More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully evocative writing. Characters that jump off the page. A plot that kept me guessing. A chemistry that smoldered. I was transported along with Danni and Sean to another time and place. My sole disappointment in this book was when the journey had to come to an end. I'm just glad to know that "Haunting Beauty" is only the first in a series of books about this family, their adventures through time and the evil Book of Fennore.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Danni grew up as a foster child believing her parents abandoned her at birth or soon afterward. She worked hard to make something of herself and has become an expert at antiques. The young woman has no interest in her own past though occasionally late at night she curiously wonders who they were. Sean Ballogh enters her life seemingly out of thin air. He insists her family has been searching for her for two decades and he wants to bring her home to her Irish roots on Ballyfionuir Island. Furthermore his arrival has stimulated her second sight skill. Unable to resist the lure of kin, Danni travels to Ballyfionuir where she meets loving family, alive and dead. As she and Sean fall in love, Danni realizes, for them to have a future, she must change her family's past and fight an evil beyond her imagination or watch her beloved die. This is a whimsical charming modern day Celtic romantic fantasy starring a courageous heroine and a haunted hero. Danni makes the tale when she and Sean reach her birth island as she is in awe as she meets her family, live and dead members. Fans will enjoy her family reunion, but in order to have a future, she must somehow rewrite the past. Erin Quinn provides a haunting thriller. Harriet Klausner