Review: Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill

Ireland has got to be the absolute perfect setting for this book! I can’t think of a better location for a book about fairies and magic, not to mention I literally want to runaway to Ireland now and live there forever!

Kate McDaid has made a New Year’s resolution….she plans on revitalizing her career and love life. Kate’s life is pretty normal….she lives in Dublin and works as a copywriter at an advertising agency and rides her bike to work…..all pretty normal, until one day her life is about to change in a big way!

On her 26th birthday, she is summonsed to a lawyers office where a solicitor informs her that she is the recipient of an inheritance, left to her by a relative who died 130 years ago. All she has to do is post some letters once a week for seven weeks.

No problem right? Wrong. Kate is dying to know what these letters say….so she agrees to the pact and opens one. In  that first letter she finds that it’s a passionate plea to reconnect with the long-forgotten fairies of Irish folklore.

As soon as she posts that first letter her whole life gets turned around….not to mention her romantic life takes a turn and she is thrust forward into the public eye.

Things only get stranger from here. Will Kate be able to fulfill the requirements of the will outlined by her great great great grandmother? And what happens if she doesn’t?

This year I’ve read a lot more ‘magical realism’ books which I love. They are whimsical and just have this great cozy feel to them and this book was no exception.

Kate is an easily likable main character. She is just a normal girl, living a normal life, with normal life expectations…..she’s approachable for the reader and the target audience can easily relate to her.

Her love interest, Hugh, at first seemed unlikely. I wasn’t entirely buying into their romance for some reason at first. However as the story continued I found myself buying into it more and more and hoping that they would somehow end up together.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism about the ending of this novel, but for me I thought it worked and fit nicely within the story. That’s all I am going to say about that so I don’t ruin it for others….but I think it was appropriate.

The things that happen to Kate and those in her life after she starts posting the letter totally made me laugh out loud at times. The author has a great sense of wit and humor that worked so well in this story. The whole fairy lore mixed with the modern life of Kate was just such a great humorous element.

Again, the setting just made this book for me. I loved how Ireland was front and center throughout the story. I haven’t read many books set in Ireland and now I simply MUST go there to visit because it just sounds so wonderful in this book. I love how the author also incorporated some Irish history into the novel as well.

One thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the cover. I learned a long time ago to not judge a book by its cover, however I think you can reach a wider audience based on the cover. For me this cover just didn’t grab me. The color scheme worked but I wasn’t a fan of the girl photographed. I envisioned more of the Irish countryside on the cover or something. The script for the title seemed to get lost on the cover. I like that it was in white, but I think the font itself just made the title blend in with the vine. Anyway, as it is, the cover just isn’t grabbing me.

This novel was indeed charming and fun to read. It was a nice break from some of the heavier books I’ve had on my TBR list. If you like magical realism and want to learn about a new magical area of the world, then this book needs to be added to your TBR list immediately! A perfect spring/summer beach read!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill

  • Paperback, 416 pages
    Published March 17th 2015 by Touchstone
    ISBN 1476757550 (ISBN13: 9781476757551)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 3.5 out of 5

Genre: Magical realism, witch lit, romance, chick lit

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

 

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  1. You had me at Ireland! Great review, thanks for introducing me to this. – ashley

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