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Friday, October 31, 2008

The Wild Sight



The Wild Sight by Loucinda McGary
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 5 Books
Review by Rose

Cursed with the Irish clairvoyance known as "The Sight," Donovan O'Shea fled to America to escape his "gift." Fifteen years later, his father's illness has forced him to return to the family homestead where years earlier, Donovan's mother disappeared into the fens and was never seen again. Now the same fens are offering up secrets, both ancient and recent, and restoring a terrible legacy that just may drive him mad. And if this were not trouble enough, a beautiful woman walks into his life, claiming to be his half-sister.

Rylie Powell never knew her real father. Her mother would only say he was a charming Irishman who seduced her, married her, and then abandoned her and his baby daughter. But after her mother's death, Rylie finds tantalizing clues about her father that send her off to Northern Ireland and an archeological site on Dermot O'Shea's property, the man listed on her birth certificate as her father.

Did Dermot O'Shea father both Donovan and Rylie? What is Donovan's connection to the Celtic High King Niall of the Nine Hostages? And what secrets do the fens hold that invites murder?

Loucinda McGary’s first book, The Wild Sight had two things going for it right off the bat. It’s set in my favorite country of Ireland and it’s filled with magic and romance. The fact that it turned out to be the kind of story that literally had me up ’til all hours of the night to finish it because I literally could not put it down was an added benefit.

From the first chapter of the book, Ms. McGary pulls you into the magic and mystery of Donovan O’Shea and his “gift.” And the air of mystery about his gift reels the reader in. What will the outcome be as Donovan is drawn without fail to a place he has good reason to avoid? And what will the outcome be as he meets Rylie, who claims to be his half-sister? Especially when they realize the attraction between them and are forced to fight against it.

Ms. McGary has richly drawn all the characters in this book and kept this reader guessing until close to the end how all the pieces tied together. But, she weaves distant past, near past, and present together is a masterful blend of mystery, magic, and romance. I will keep my eye out for more books from this author. She is definitely a writer to keep an eye on.