Irish Magic II: Four Unforgettable Stories of Love and Enchantment

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In bestselling author Susan Wiggs's The Changeling, a modern American man arrives in Ireland with several unwanted burdens, including a broken heart and an impossible quest. He finds himself in a place that time has passed by, and is intrigued by a dark-haired beauty called Aislinn, who embarks with him on a search for a past where love and tragedy go hand in hand. Together, they must discover the magic to turn long-ago endings into new beginnings. Acclaimed author Barbara Samuel weaves her own brand of Earthly ...
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In bestselling author Susan Wiggs's The Changeling, a modern American man arrives in Ireland with several unwanted burdens, including a broken heart and an impossible quest. He finds himself in a place that time has passed by, and is intrigued by a dark-haired beauty called Aislinn, who embarks with him on a search for a past where love and tragedy go hand in hand. Together, they must discover the magic to turn long-ago endings into new beginnings. Acclaimed author Barbara Samuel weaves her own brand of Earthly Magic when a wandering bard, Laith of Inishmoor, comes across the exquisite Ciarann beside a fairy well at dawn. He is struck by her beauty and her sadness. For Ciarann is also desired by another - a prince who is immortal. All Laith can offer is his passion - and the magic of his music to win the heart of the woman he loves. New York Times bestselling author Morgan Llywelyn's To Recapture the Light is a spellbinding tale of star-crossed love. Lasair, a woman of timeless beauty, loses her heart to an ancient enemy: Cormac Cas, one of the Gaelic king's sons. But theirs is a union that cannot be...for how can an immortal and a human come together without one destroying the other? The answer lies shrouded in the mysteries of love. The Bride Price is award-winning author Roberta Gellis's captivating tale of love and destiny. Fraoch has been betrothed to Findbhair since she was a child. Now, ten years later, they are finally united. But the bride's price is a steep one: Fraoch must prove his livelihood, strength and wits. Daring and determined, Fraoch and Findbhair join forces as only lovers can, for not even magic and trickery can stop them from claiming their wondrous love...
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There's nothing like a good fairy story, old or new. This collection of four novellas, a follow-up to Kensington's previous volume, delivers tales set both in the present and in the ancient past, from four authors well-versed in the realms of Celtic enchantment. In The Changeling, by Susan Wiggs, a lonely Texan farmer arrives in present-day Ireland to dispose of his grandmother's ashes, only to discover that the legends she told him as a child hold powerfully true when he meets Aislinn Finn, who recognizes him as her destiny. The remaining tales evoke earlier times. Well-known creator of Irish chronicles Morgan Llywelyn delivers To Recapture The Light, an enchanting tale about Lasair, a maid of the Tatha De Danann (the pre-Celtic, magic race of Ireland), and her healing love for a young Irish artist, Comack Casey. Barbara Samuel's Earthly Magic recounts how the young daughter of a Gaelic chieftain challenges the forces of the faerie folk without being fully aware of the dangers involved. Only the wisdom of a lovelorn traveling bard saves her, despite much cost to himself. Roberta Gellis's Bride Price features Queen Medb of Connacht and her daughter Findbhair (both of whom are key figures in the classic Celtic mythological cycle The Tain). When Findbhair is wooed by a warrior of the faerie people, Fraoch, the consequences provoke a series of challenges that involve trickery, deception and magic of the highest order. Irish Magic II is strong on all of these points, with romantic love, sex, power and mystery all playing their parts. (Mar.)
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Companion volume to the paperback Irish Magic, ambitiously subtitled "Four Unforgettable Novellas of Love and Enchantment."

In Susan Wiggs's sexy "The Changeling," Hank Farrell of Muleshoe, Texas, sells his ranch and brings his grandmother's ashes to the Irish coast to be scattered. His first morning at Carrygerry House finds him falling for Aislinn Finn, the owner's changeling daughter. A changeling is a baby switched at birth by fairies, who steal a human infant and leave one of their own in its place. Aislinn is forever barred from human love—any man she loves will, supposedly, die. Nonetheless, out in the fields she surrenders herself to Hank: ". . . the earth was solid beneath her and the sky split apart with shooting stars as she climbed and then shattered like the great celestial mirror overhead...shattered and was made whole again, until she lay quiet and was close to him." In Barbara Samuel's "Earthly Magic," a wandering bard saves a human princess from being kidnapped by a fairy prince, who needs only to kiss her to capture her forever. How can the smitten bard save the king's daughter when the fairy prince has cursed and struck the singer dumb? Well, pagan sex helps. Llywelyn's "To Recapture the Light" is an accomplished tale, transparent as springwater. The aging fairy Lasair Leary meets Cormac Casey, an artist out scouting fairy sites he can illustrate for a book when love's thunderbolt strikes. But if she gives him her love she will lose centuries from her life. Alas, Cormac is going blind, and love must find a way, which it does, though rather tragically. Roberta Gellis's richly erotic "Bride Price" tells of a woman who after ten years calls her importunate fairy prince to come and marry her, then demands that he provide endless certitudes of love.

A bedtime bonbon for the ladies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575662725
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Series: Irish Magic Series, #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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