Is the love of Megara’s life a hallucination — or a ghost?
While delirious with fever, Megara had a visit and fell in love with the Irish poet Rory O’Dannon, but never saw him again. Years later, convinced that he had been a hallucination, she enters a pragmatic marriage to Senator Ken Benedict.
Until a car accident catapults her back to 19th century Ireland–and into Rory’s arms.
Despite a challenging new life, Megara helps Rory find his poetry and pledges her heart to him, the night before he is to be hanged for treason…and then she wakes from the coma. Forced by sound evidence, she realizes that Rory was fictional, but discovers the wedding band he gave her and a message that time is running out!
Now Megara must choose between the easy life with her husband, or risk death and a chance for love with Rory.
“A fanciful romance with lots of twists and turns, and a magical setting!”
“I’m a sucker for Irish magic and the like, so I’m hooked!”
Romance isn’t my usual genre of choice – I’m more of a horror and sci fi type of girl. But every now and then a romance novel comes along with a synopsis that piques my interest, and The Haunted Heart of Rory O’Dannon was one of those. For one, there’s time travel involved, which appeals to the sci fi fan in me. It’s also (largely) set in Ireland, and 19th century Ireland at that. There’s also a bit of a star-crossed lovers thing going on, which my hopeless romantic heart adores.
Meg (as an adult, where the story really picks up) leads a “successful” but unfulfilling life; her only job is to be a politician’s wife (which, honestly, sounds absolutely horrible to me). She has no professional or creative outlets and after being beset by multiple tragedies, she seems to live her life in bleak gray fog. And then, after a terrible car accident, she finds herself in the past with a man who may or may not be the soulmate she dreamed (?) about as a teenager. She has to work for the first time in her life, and reconsider some of her previously held beliefs. And just as she finally finds happiness, it’s cruelly ripped away from her – or is it?
Although it’s definitely a romance novel, there are no graphic scenes – the author takes a “fade to black” approach with the intimacy between the characters, letting the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks. I do wish there’d been a little more build-up and exploration of the early part of the book, when teenaged Meg “meets” Rory for the first time. It felt a little rushed to me, included only to give the necessary back story to the adult Meg’s experiences. I wish we (the readers) had been able to hang out with Young Meg for a little while before her accident, and that her “fever dream” and her reaction to it had been expanded upon. However, once Meg gets to Ireland (and then finds herself transported back in time), the pace picks up and drew me in very successfully.
Overall, this is a very romantic story of love lost, then found, then lost again (maybe) – you just may find yourself wishing you had your very own Rory O’Dannon to yank you out of the doldrums of boring everyday life!
About the Author
Delia J. Colvin is the International Bestselling author of The Sibylline Trilogy. She authors a popular blog and is listed as a contributor in two business books. She has worked in a variety of occupations from marketing to entrepreneur, Air Traffic Controller and Russian Interpreter. But her passion is in writing and helping people. Delia has donated both time and money to literacy programs around the country.
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