Emma Larsen’s mother may have been a best-selling romance novelist, but her track record with relationships was the stuff of horror. As a result, Emma doesn’t believe in fairy tales or happily-ever-afters. When her best friend suddenly proposes marriage after her mother’s funeral, though, Emma reluctantly agrees to accompany Treave to a wedding at his family’s island castle in Cornwall to see if they could be compatible.
She falls in love with the romantic Cornish coast, a world rich with legends, hauntings, and ancient superstitions, such as the one about the ghostly bell that tolls when lovers will be together forever. But as tragedy rocks the small community and everyone pitches in to help, Treave seems to become a different person—one whom Emma begins to fear. And then there’s Brando, the handsome Scottish chef who has secrets of his own. Emma finds herself increasingly drawn to him, and as danger begins to surface around them all, she can’t deny that what she and Brando cook up in the kitchen together could well be the stuff of legend.
A timeless stand-alone novel filled with heart, food, intrigue, and magical Cornish legends. Perfect for fans of Poldark, Nora Roberts, Susanna Kearsley, Sarah Addison Allen, Susan Wiggs, and Susan Mallery.
PRAISE FOR MARTINA BOONE'S LAKE OF DESTINY
“Delightful, charming, and heartwarming!” —New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins
“Well-written, well-crafted, well-paced and full of heart. . . . So much charm it's magical!” —BookGeek
“Martina Boone’s gorgeous storytelling enthralled me from start to finish. The plot is captivating, whimsical, and full of surprises that kept me turning the pages.” —Sincerely KarenJo Reviews
“I loved this!!! It reminds me of a Nora Roberts series, The Gallaghers of Ardmore . . . but a Scottish version with men in kilts!” —Two Chicks on Books
“Outlander-Lite Meets Gilmore Girls in Scotland. This is a story that sucked me in from the start and didn’t let go until I’d laughed, shed a few tears and worked up an appetite. Fast. Fun. Romantic. Read it!” —Jenuine Cupcakes Reviews
“This book had it all, romance, fantasy, folklore, drama, and emotional family issues. It’s a great story and I enjoyed every minute.” —Linda R.
“Full of myths, legends, and life. The plot is good, the characters are great, and I couldn’t put it down. When is the next book?” —Cheryl Bond
PRAISE FOR MARTINA BOONE’S COMPULSION
“Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!” —RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of the Year
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“The perfect Southern family saga: charming and steamy on the surface, with cold-blooded secrets buried down deep." —Kendare Blake, NYT bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns and Anna Dressed in Blood
“Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish. Martina Boone’s Compulsion is not to be missed.” —Megan Shepherd, NYT bestselling author of The Cage series and The Madman’s Daughter
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About the Author
She lives with her husband, children, and a lopsided cat, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the sorts of magical places she'd love to visit. When she isn't writing, she's addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, Quality Streets, and anything with Nutella on it.
Table of ContentsBurnt Offerings
The Castle on the Hill
Hot and Cold
Ships in the Night
Honor and Duty
Drops of Hope
Out of the Storm
Scars and Grace Notes
Thieves in the Night
Learning to Fly
Masks on Masks
Author's Note and Heartfelt Thank You
Adult Fiction Available Now
Young Adult Fiction Available Now
Praise for Lake of Destiny
Praise for Compulsion
About Martina Boone
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bell of Eternity by Martina Boone (5 stars) Wonderfully written book in her Celtic Legends collection. This is the second book in the series and it is every bit as gripping as the first. Her characters are complex and damaged. Even her villains are conflicted and not totally evil; more realistic renderings than are available in so many romance novels. Also, there's a slight element of magic mixed with pragmatism. (And side-characters that round out and complete the story.) The love story is clean and I literally couldn't get enough of Brando and Emma's interactions! There's nothing like a powerful man in a kilt, who looks at a girl with intense passion and complete understanding. Lots of researched details to create locations that are intensely realistic. Martina Boone is such a talented author! I highly recommend her books! My personal rating scale: *poor, ** ok, ***good, ****very good, *****something special
This novel was delightful! This book was able to pull me out of a book slump of just re-reading some of my favorites over and over! And that says a lot about this book by Martina Boone. I thoroughly enjoyed every chapter and devoured it quickly. The characters were relatable, likable and exciting. I love it when a book is filled with characters I can relate to or feel as if I could be friends with. I wanted to see how the story would progress and what would come next. I shed some tears; the conflict at the beginning of the book was written realistically enough that it drew me in and I felt what the characters were going through. I don’t genuinely cry at many books. I had not previously read any of Martina Boone’s books and I immediately downloaded the Celtic Legends book 1 to start once I was finished with this one. I can’t wait to read more! This was a contemporary and fun, clean romantic fiction. I love that there was no language or any other adult content in the book. The story was amazing! It was a whirlwind of an adventure set in a beautiful land. I would recommend this book (and have recommended it!) to friends. I typically read more time period, historical or fantasy fiction, but this story was a wonderful addition to the authors and books I typically read. Martina Boone is a very talented author who has a beautiful way of writing. Descriptive, concise and it truly draws the reader in. Happy reading! Definitely read this book!
4.5 ★ – Wonderfully Delicious Treat that Left a Sugary Sweet Mess in my Heart I LOVE Lake of Destiny (LOD), so I was extremely excited when Martina Boone sent me an ARC of Bell of Eternity. Brando had already charmed me in every possible way in LOD, so I couldn't wait to get started on his book. I can honestly say that this book is a wonderfully delicious treat that left a sugary sweet mess in my heart. While LOD still takes the #1 spot, Bell of Eternity (BOE) definitely had me enthralled the entire time. The plot is fast-paced, intriguing and suspenseful with a few nice surprises that kept me on my toes. The mystery and drama definitely had me glued to the pages and I loved it. The characters were quirky, interesting and for the most part very likable. The setting - the castle and the island - was insanely beautiful and breathtaking that I wanted to stay there forever. Bell of Eternity is absolutely charming and sweet and I’m so hopelessly in love with Boone’s novels. Her writing is undeniably gorgeous, incredibly creative and ridiculously captivating that I always feel like I’m part of the story. I truly adored Emma and Brando and thought they were just adorable together. Emma’s such a great character and I admired that she wanted to pursue her own dreams. She’s also very passionate, caring, and understanding. I love that she always tried to see the good in people. Then there’s my gorgeous Brando. He’s definitely more than just a charmer. He’s fascinating, talented, supportive and made me hungry for more than just food. I also swooned over the way he cared about Emma and wanted what was best for her. Seriously shipped these two so hard and loved their amazing chemistry! Brando and Emma's love story made me smile and swoon and have those fuzzy warm feeling in my tummy. I just wish there had been a few more steamy moments between them because I wanted more FEELS. Not that there weren't enough...I guess I'm just romantically greedy.. is that even a thing!? Guess I was just starving for something sweet, a little bit spicy, and totally scrumptious... I honestly didn't want the swooning and butterflies to stop. What can I say... I'm a romance addict! (SorryNotSorry) With a heartwarming storyline, breathtaking scenery, intrigue, and a bit of mystery, Bell of Eternity is absolutely irresistible and deliciously fascinating from start to finish. While Lake of Destiny filled my heart with so much happy, Bell of Destiny left me positively satisfied, but craving for more. I’m so happy I took a bite of this lovely romance. Boone definitely knows the way to my heart and I cannot wait for the next book in the Celtic Legends Series. PS – While this is the second book, you can definitely read it as a standalone. I do however recommend reading Lake of Destiny first so you can see the connection… and it’ll totally make you swoon even more. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Another Charming Romance. A Cornish castle, romantic legends, atmospheric descriptions and a tribute to the brave men and women of the RNLI. A thoroughly enjoyable story in which Brando, who was a character in the first book, gets his romance. Emma's larger than life mother has died but not without trying to control her daughter from beyond the grave. She put her life on hold after her mother's car accident four years ago but now she is at a crossroads; does she go back to training to be a doctor, go into publishing (as suggested by her mother's book editor) or open an event catering business? Treave, Emma's best friend is not supportive about the latter idea and suggests she take time out to think over her options. Things are awkward, embarrassing even, now that Evangeline has suggested that Emma marry Treave in order to inherit her mother's money but she agrees to accompany him to a family wedding in Cornwall. There she meets, amongst others, a hot kilt-wearing chef but the waters are muddied when Treave announces that they are engaged. Not sure why the National Trust would take on the maintenance of an ancient castle (which would be extremely costly) with only rental income from the incumbent family to sustain it but then this is a work of fiction. Note: the village of Mousehole has been altered to it's pronunciation "Mowzel" for an American audience. I found the typos distracting but have contacted the author by email and hopefully corrections will be uploaded shortly.