The Wild Irish Sea, by Loucinda McGary
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Author Loucinda McGary often made up her own endings to books as a child if she didn't like them. In high school she penned stories about her friends, and in college she published over a dozen poems in magazines. After life got in the way of her writing aspirations, she recently chose to leave her management career to pursue her one true love. Other titles include: The Wild Sight and The Treasures of Venice. When not traveling, she resides in California with her family.
Amber O'Neil is awakened in the middle of the night to visions of her twin brother fighting for his life. Desperate to find Parker, she rushes across the ocean to the rocky shores of Ireland in hopes of finding him before it's too late. Turning to the only man who can help, reclusive local inspector Kevin Hennessy is anything but believing of her wild tale. Ever since they were children and found themselves experimented on when others learned of their gift, the telepathic link with her brother has always remained their secret. But now Amber finds herself connecting minds with not only Parker, but Kevin as well. When a ruthless band of smugglers, the mystery of a selkie prince, and the wild Irish sea bring these two lost souls together, not only is there a union of mind and body, but a love that cannot be denied.
I adore Irish stories, and this was no exception. A fascinating blend of American and Irish culture come together in this tale to bring the reader right there on the rocky shores, feeling the spray on your face and a lilt to your heart. The secondary characters, Parker, Meriol, Connor, Ronan, and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, really added to this book. This is also a book which readers can take a lot from. A bit of adventure, a little fantasy, a touch of humor, and a lot of love make for a delightful read. This is an author who understands her setting and is able to illustrate it beautifully with eloquence. I will never think of seals the same way again, nor will I ever overlook the wonderful legends of Ireland. Though there is the mystery element to this book, I found the telepathy angle and love story more rewarding. Highly recommended, and I certainly look forward to more from this author.
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