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5* Book Review of Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill

Reluctantly Charmed: A Novel - Ellie O'Neill
Summary: It’s Kate McDaid’s birthday and she’s hoping to kickstart her rather stagnant love-life and career when she gets some very strange news. To her surprise, she is the sole benefactor of a great-great-great-great aunt and self-proclaimed witch also called Kate McDaid, who died over 130 years ago. As if that isn’t strange enough, the will instructs that, in order to receive the inheritance, Kate must publish seven letters, one by one, week by week.

Burning with curiosity, Kate agrees and opens the first letter – and finds that it’s a passionate plea to reconnect with the long-forgotten fairies of Irish folklore. Instantly, Kate’s life is turned upside down. Her romantic life takes a surprising turn and she is catapulted into the public eye. As events become stranger and stranger – and she discovers things about herself she’s never known before – Kate must decide whether she can fulfil the final, devastating step of the request . . . or whether she can face the consequences if she doesn’t.

Reluctantly Charmed is about what happens when life in the fast lane collides with the legacy of family, love and its possibilities... and a little bit of magic.

reluctantly charmedTitle: Reluctantly Charmed
Series: standalone
Author: Ellie O'Neill
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Released: 1st October 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher for an honest review - thank you so much!

Reluctantly Charmed is certainly a charming read. Ellie O’Neill has such a fantastic writing style and I was so very addicted to; it was a fun fantasy mystery novel full of faeries, historical research and romance. Kate is such a wonderful character, fun banter with co-workers, no BS attitude and treats everybody the same no matter their status. Her parents are such amusing people also, taking the rollercoaster of fame and living each day like it’s their last.

Kate McDaid is a twenty six year old copywriter that has been trying for a promotion for two and a half years. Working for the company for five and a half years as a junior, Kate knows she deserves a promotion, but just needs to prove it. With the arrival of the New Year, Kate decides this is the year she WILL get her promotion.

At work one day, Kate receives a registered letter from a lawyer. She is summoned to Seamus MacMurphy’s office in order to hear the reading of a will. The will has been waiting 130 years to be finalised and belongs to a Kate McDaid. That Kate was a sister of a great great great great grandfather and there seems to be quite a lot of mystery behind this lady of the same name.

Curiosity wins and Kate goes to the reading, she will receive an estate after seven steps have been published; each week Seamus will deliver another step. The first letter is to help Kate (ancestor) to reintroduce the fairies to the human world, to help the humans believe in them once more. Kate is a sceptic, but figures all she has to do is publish the letters and agrees to the stipulations.

Kate has been infatuated with a rock singer, Jim Johns and has spent a night with him. He promises to call, but of course never does and is now on tour. Jim had an old website that doesn’t get used anymore and Kate uses this site to publish her letters. There was no stipulation as how they were to be published and the internet is the best place.

Within the letters, there are little tasks for Kate to do that will help keep the fairies happy, like talking to nature and whistling to her plants. After a while she doesn’t even realise she’s doing these things. The letters are getting a lot of publicity on Jim’s site and he wants more. He lines up an interview and drags Kate along pretending they are together. Kate isn’t sure what to expect from him.

Kate doesn’t realise that she’s using magic even when she gives her friend, Lily a recipe that will help a man fall in love with her. Little recipes that just push their way into her head when she thinks about helping others. At work everyone has been supportive of her steps and Kate is still working on getting her promotion. A client of the firm, Hugh Delaney is known as a tyrant in the office and always brings his dog, Setanta. Setanta has taken up place under Kate’s desk and becomes very protective of her.

As time goes by, Kate escapes to the village where it all began. Determined to research her ancestry and find out what happened 130 years ago, Kate hides out there but makes friends with the locals and falls in love with the village. Coincidentally, Hugh lives not far from the village and they spend more time together. Kate finds that there is more to Hugh and there is a spark of something there.

Will Kate be found by the paparazzi? Will Kate find out what happened 130 years ago? Do fairies really exist? If so, will the human world accept them or laugh Kate away? What will she collect after the steps have been published? Will there be anything between Kate and Jim or Kate and Hugh?

Follow along the journey with Kate as she discovers her ancestry, fairies and love. Reluctantly Charmed is a humorous and mysterious read that everybody needs to grab quickly. Ms O’Neill has certainly won my heart and I cannot wait to read what she delivers next.



About the Author

ellie oneillEllie O’Neill sold spider catchers in Sydney, flipped burgers in Dublin, and worked in advertising in London, but all the while she had that niggling feeling she had stories to tell. Swapping the dizzy disco lights of London for her parents’ suburban Dublin house, she scribbled away knowing that there was something about Irish fairies she needed to share with the world. Then, most unexpectedly, Ellie fell madly in love. Five years later, Geelong, Australia, is home to Ellie, her Joe, and their fabulous baby. Ellie is currently working on her second book.