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The Awakening Paperback – January 1, 2020
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- Publisher : PIATKUS; 1st edition (January 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0349426368
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349426365
- Item Weight : 1.23 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.06 x 1.42 x 9.13 inches
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Might periodically cast a circle or two of her own in her Maryland garden.
Her recent trilogies have been soaked in magic, full of do-or-die battles that pit the good against the Big Bad. Where the last few trilogies were full of globe-trotting strangers destined to come together to defeat evil and a post-apocalyptic evil infection that threatens the very existence of good in the world (Covid-19, anyone?!), this first volume in the newest trilogy begins with a scaled down (meaning not cataclysmic or perilous) vacation to Ireland.
The heroine, Breen Kelly, is a young woman who has been taught to believe herself sub-par, unskilled, and unworthy, primarily by her no-nonsense mother, but who nonetheless has built a family-of-the-heart that includes her best friend and roommate, Marco, and the proprietors of a Philadelphia drag bar. Upon discovering that she has a sizable chunk of money in an account through her long-absent dad’s largesse, an account her mother hid from her even as Breen struggles to pay off student loans, Breen makes the startling, rather out-of-character decision to rent a cottage in her dad’s homeland, Ireland. With Marco, she flies there to spend the summer finding herself and, she hopes, her father.
Breen is enchanted by Ireland, and she begins to come out of her shell with Marco’s living encouragement; she begins blogging about her experiences. Her all-but-dismissed ambition to become a writer peeks through the thorny hedge of her mother’s belittling dismissals. When Marco’s vacation time is up, and he must fly home to Philly, the plan is for Breen to stay on for awhile, which she fully embraces, especially as she has acquired a new puppy to guard her and shower her with affection.
The story changes when Breen and her puppy (whose colorful name is Bollocks) stumble through a portal into a parallel world while out walking. After the lovely travelogue-like beginning, readers find themselves emerging from the black-and-white Kansas farmhouse belonging to the Gales and into a technicolor world of Breen’s birth: not only is Breen not run-of-the-mill, mentally average, or better off playing it safe, as she has been forced into believing, she is the daughter of magicks, of Sidhe, fey, and witch bloodlines.
She has completely forgotten the three years after her birth that she spent living in this magical world, but she has loved ones who are delighted to welcome her back with open arms and share with her her birthright. But with all of the gifts of power come responsibility. A dark and dangerous force threatens the idyllic two-mooned place Breen remembers so little. She must learn to use and grow into her powers before it is too late.
Because this is a Nora Roberts novel, of course Breen meets a man who challenges her, intrigues her, confounds her, and makes her ache in ways she hasn’t fully explored before. He stands with her against the evil rising against the good, but the battle has yet to begin when this novel concludes. Readers will have to wait to find out how these two combine their power to lead and protect both this fantastical world and the mundane one we readers inhabit.
Okay, after the opening and we meet Breen and her delightful friend, Marco, we're off on a travelogue of Ireland. Wanted more story and less of a geography lesson. The hero, although appealing in the beginning snippet, turns out to be a bully -- even though it's insisted he's not. The whole story is a mish-mash. Just like Breen.
If you want great Irish magic, read the author's Cousin's O'Dwyer trilogy. I'm so sorry she went way off-the-mark with this book (save Marco and the grandmother).
Breen is a timid schoolteacher, convinced she is doomed to an ordinary life. A "chance" encounter opens the door to a new life for her, which starts with a trip to Ireland. There she finds answers and more . she finds a new career and a whole new world, one that has a terrifying duty waiting for her. And yes, there is a hot, brooding guy.
I was happy I bought this book.
The amazing discovery of her legacy in Ireland and beyond was a magnificent Rollercoaster ride that is only the beginning of this world! I so hated to come to the end of this chapter and am looking forward to her next installment in this adventure!
Imagine that you were a normal, ordinary sort of girl living and working a life that was less than you wanted but felt like you deserved... then imagine taking the trip of a lifetime to try and find your father and a part of who you are- your legacy, and uncovering a richness of relatives and friends in a land of Magick you hardly dare believe is true.
Thus begins Breens amazing, difficult and heart wrenching change. For better or worse she is now of two worlds that have heart need of her courage and abilities.
May 2021 cannot come soon enough for this reader with the second installment!