Once a Gypsy: The Irish Traveller Series - Book One

Once a Gypsy: The Irish Traveller Series - Book One

by Danica Winters


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Thrilling and romantic, Once a Gypsy starts a brand new series from Publisher's Weekly Bestselling Author Danica Winters.

“A haunting and fresh voice in paranormal romance. Be prepared for Danica Winters to ensnare you in her dark and seductive world.”—Cecy Robson, author of the Weird Girls series and 2016 Double-Nominated RITA® Finalist

Even for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thing.

Helena has always struggled to fit in with her Irish Traveller family. It’s not just her opposition to getting married or her determination to attend university; Helena also has one talent that sets her apart from the rest of her clan—the gift of the Forshaw, the ability to see the future.

Graham is the groundskeeper at a manor in Adare, Ireland. Though the estate appears idyllic, it holds dark secrets, and despite his own supernatural gifts, Graham can’t solve Adare Manor’s problems by himself. Desperate for help, Graham seeks out a last resort: Helena, whose skills are far greater than even she knows.

When he promises to teach her to control her powers, Helena resists, afraid both of the damage her abilities might do and her increasing attraction to the handsome groundskeeper. Her entire way of life is at risk: Any involvement, especially romantic, with non-Travellers like Graham is forbidden. But Helena’s future is anything but certain, and fate has other plans for her family, her powers, and her relationship with Graham.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682303078
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Series: Irish Traveller Series , #1
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Most recently, Danica was a finalist for the 2015 Chatelaine Award and she won the Paranormal Romance Guild’s Paranormal Romantic Suspense Book of the Year 2013 Award and Chanticleer Media’s Paranormal Book of the Year 2013 for her novel Montana Mustangs.

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Once a Gypsy: The Irish Traveller Series - Book One 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SvenAnderson More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC copy of this book and I loved it! I love the Irish setting and it is very apparent Danica did a lot of research on this book. Her description of the Adare Manor and her use of Irish slang in her dialogue is perfect. I really enjoyed the struggles of Helena being torn between her Traveller traditions and her wanting to better herself without betraying her beliefs. I like her love interest Graham as well, but I really enjoyed Mary Margaret's character and how she tries to "mother" Helena along since Helena's real mother is a drunken fool. I am eagerly looking forward to the next two books in the series!
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Gypsies and Magic in Modern Day Ireland. Helena has been raised in a very structured Gypsy world of modern day Ireland where young women follow strict rules for proper behavior which includes marrying young and very little opportunity for a career or other paths in life. She longs to break free so she can go to University and make different choices for her life. Helena loves her family and wants to protect her younger siblings from her harridan of a drunken mother. She meets Graham who is not from her culture, and who works at the Adare Manor owned by his wealthy step-father. He seems to know something about her magical talents although he keeps it from her. Helena’s gift of seeing the future called forhaw unsettles and frightens her. Graham has an agenda when it comes to Helena because he needs her other magical abilities to help with a desperate situation. Helena knows if she pursues her dreams, she will be cut off from the family as her older sister was after taking up with an outsider. This combination of cultural clashes and paranormal, which generally works so well with Irish mythology, gives this book a kind of dual identity. People like to think in modern times that prejudice and separatism between cultures no longer exists, but the old ethnic stigmas and boundaries are hard to overcome for both sides. This is the first in The Irish Traveller series so though there is some resolution with the love story part such as it is, there are characters who continue to cause trouble and situations to be resolved. While this book is listed under romance, there is more emphasis placed on Helen’s issues than her relationship with Graham, but that may change as the series progresses.
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
So... this was supposed to be a paranormal romance, right? I love the PNR genre so I jumped at the chance to review this book and then I read it... and I'm not really sure that this had enough of the supernatural persuasion nor of the, you know, romance, to qualify. It was a huge disappointment on that front.  It starts with Helena. I didn't like her. She's just, well, let's just say she brought the whole mood down. Her life sucks. I get it. And nothing seems to really make it better and her whole attitude made this book an energy-suck to get through. I don't mind more depressing books every now and then but it's not what I look for in a romance, not front and center for quite a bit like this was. I didn't understand why Helena and Graham should have a romance. It felt forced and stilted, as though the author wanted the romance to happen but it didn't fit the characters she wrote. Not good for a romance novel.  As for the world, I needed more. The setting veered to the side of fantasy but was vague at best and uninteresting at worst. Just there to beef up the descriptions. Yet it played a role in the story, this world, and that really didn't help because the characters didn't have my attention and nor did the world. In terms of the story, I really didn't feel one way or the other about it.  In the end I skimmed quite a bit of this to see if anything grabbed at me and I left the book with no inclination to continue the series. Perhaps I just wasn't in a good mindset for this book, or it was the book, but it didn't go well.
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!!! ***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book! This is the first book in the series. This is an interesting read because I’ve never read a book about gypsies and Forshaw before. This book took quite a while to develop, and as it sometimes happens, it was a little slow at times to build the world and characters. I do not think this could be avoided. It didn’t have as much action as I like, but I enjoyed reading it. Helena is an interesting woman stuck between the world she knows and what she wants. She doesn’t want to be a possession, and she thinks she is worth more. I love her fighting spirit and caring heart. Graham is like Helena, and they connect. There is foresight, magic, murder, spirit, and more. I think this series will get better and better. Anyone who enjoys Irish folklore, spirits, and magic will enjoy reading this book! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!
MollySuzie More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed book one in this series. I found myself rooting for Helena, the main character, who is a Traveller. Not only did I love reading the Irish lingo, I saw many qualities of myself in Helena. She wants to do right by her family, she's the glue that holds them together, yet dreams of bigger things than just being a wife and mother. She has to decide whether to follow her heart and disappoint her family to live a non-traditional lifestyle or stay and become just another Traveller wife. Not only is she dealing with this life-changing decision, she just discovered a special gift she has and is only just learning how to use it. I love how Danica Winters can intermingle real life components and characters with the paranormal to create a fun, light, thoughtful, and hopeful read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Traveller series.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters Interesting story and the legends that the book follows. I usually only read contemporary romance and as this is a bit out my normal genre I found it refreshing for a change. Learning about being blessed the ability of psychic makes you think. Some of the slang words take a bit to get used to but after a while it's common. Helena is there to pick up her father when the old man that comes out of the prison approaches her. She finally realizes it is him after the phrase he tells her. She is so devastated and she's a traveler. Love details and how it's written to make you feel like you can see what the author is seeing in her eyes. So picturesque. Love learning new words and about different new places to me. She's not sure she wants to work at the estate but while their father was in prison their mother borrowed a lot of money from others who'd be calling to collect any day... Graham has made it possible to hire the both of them, her father will do handyman chores and she will prepare the house for the onslaught of guests that are to arrive soon. Helena can see the future and some scenes take her by surprise....she can't wait to take her exams and go to the university. Graham has to divulge the secret he's been hiding from her-he's not sure she's ready to hear it... Love herbs and cures some have and learning about them. Enjoyed this book so much I can't wait for the next one. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Once a Gypsy' is full of supernatural intrigue, magic, romance and Irish gypsy history.I loved reading it, and can't wait for the next in series.
Daisy_Moon More than 1 year ago
The story was okay. I really liked the description of the novel and was excited to read it. I have had the book on my nook wishlist for a couple months now. Maybe the reason I only find the story okay was the anticipation I had for it. Helena needs to stop worrying so much about people trying to make a move on her and stand up for herself instead. I like the magic, gypsy, and Ireland components to this book and hope the next one is better.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Settings for stories often come with an implied atmosphere, and none sets the stage for the unexplained as well as Ireland. With a rich history and flexible influences from legend and druid lore, to add legends of the Travellers (gypsies) enriches the story wonderfully. Helena is an Irish Traveller, burdened with the desire to ‘be more’ than her culture accepts, she’s struggling to keep the family together while her father is imprisoned for beating her sister’s now husband, a non-gypsy. With a mother deep in drink, a recalcitrant and mouthy teen sister and a lovely little brother to care for, she’s anxious for her father’s return, hoping for normalcy. On his release, Helena’s father is offered a position as handyman at Adare Manor, with one caveat, Helena must join him. Through the story, we meet Graham, the stepson of the owner, and his attraction for Helena is apparent. Bit by bit, the manor’s need for Helena and her newly discovered powers of fortelling and healing are revealed. An amplifier for things spiritual, the manor also concealed a codex: a handcrafted version of the bible with extra books from Solomon as well as several passages of questionable, or even black magic. The influences of the codex and the price paid for the use of the magic have brought Graham to desperation. His need for Helena to master her gifts and help those afflicted are foremost in his mind. While I applaud Winters’ storytelling, and the character of Helena was wonderful – full of desires and wishes that alternately tempted and scared her witless, there wasn’t a consistent influx of the secondary story (Graham and the ‘infirmary’), nor was Graham’s attraction developed enough for me to believe in his feelings beyond a ‘need’ for Helena. Intriguing, with plenty of input from Irish and Traveller lore, the story was more relevant for me as a story of Helena’s journey. Her struggles with the expectations, her desire for schooling and the ability to rely on herself, not a man, and her own growth. An interesting and solidly presented first in the series, more suited to readers looking for a bit of fantasy in a contemporary story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters is the 1st book in her new Irish Traveller series. Helena, our heroine, is a traveller (gypsy) and we meet her immediately, as she goes to meet her father, who is being released from prison. It is there she sees Graham, our hero, but she doesn’t pay too much attention to him, and leaves with her father to go home to their camp. Helena has been studying for her exams, as she wants to be able to better herself. She loves her father & siblings very much, but her mother is an abusive alcoholic, making life difficult for her living in the strict world of the Gypsy life. In dire need to pay off debts, her father accepts a job, which includes Helena, at Adare Manor. Unbeknownst to them, Graham has initiated the job offer, as he knows Helena has the Forshaw (see the future), and possibly other powers, which will help his family, who are sick and possessed. When Helena starts work at the manor, she begins to see visions, which she then realizes that she can see the future. Graham explains to Helena the situation with his mother and brother, and others at the mansion. Helena wants to help, but it will be Graham who will help her try to learn how to use her powers to help those who are ill. At first, Helena isn’t sure of what she can do, until she meets a gypsy woman who has the same powers, and will help her harness her gift. Though he admits he used her to come help them, Graham tells her he is falling in love with her. However, Helena knows her family will not accept her getting involved with a Gorger (non gypsy). What follows is an interesting tale of life in the restrictive gypsy world, and those that are affected by demons and magic. I liked Helena a lot, and enjoyed her and Graham together, as they made a nice couple; but in this first book there was no true romance, even if they both know they are in love with each other. Helena learning how to use her powers, and finally making decisions not to allow her mother to cruelly define her life was good. I did not like the mother, and felt this part of the story with Helena and the other children having to deal with her was depressing. I know in first books of a fantasy/paranormal story there is a lot of world building, which has a lot of details. I just felt there were too many downers, and not enough good moments. I will check out the next book in this series to see if it picks up the romance and excitement to another level.