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I got hold of this because for some reason I had got the impression that it belonged on my list of sf and fantasy books set in Ireland. But apart from a couple of friendly ghosts, this is basically a bog-standard romance where the American heroine realises that her destiny is to drop her independent academic career and marry the sexy Irishman so that she can be a barmaid in his pub. Of course, he has to ask her very nicely first. Not really recommended.

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rmc28
Aug. 22nd, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Fond as I am of the romance genre I shall take note to avoid ;)
hfnuala
Aug. 22nd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Nora Roberts is lovely on line but her stuff is so formulaic and the one set in Ireland I've read was terrible - Houses on St Stephens Green with a front garden, that sort of thing. In fact, I don't think I managed to finish it. I can stomach her US based ones as I don't know the settings enough to get that uncanny valley feeling.

She often has witches, magic and reincarnation in her books, but I'd never call them fantasy - not even paranormal romance. The meet cute, misunderstanding, hot sex and HEA are all important and everything else is window dressing.
nancylebov
Aug. 22nd, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
You might want to check out Of Blood and Honey, and I'm curious about well Ireland (early to middle 1970s) is portrayed.
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