Thursday, April 4, 2013

Natalie Gibson's Satin Sheets Romance Review of The Selkie Spell by Sophie Moss

The Selkie Spell 
(Book 1 of the Seal Island Trilogy)
by Sophie Moss

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American doctor Tara Moore wants to disappear. On the run from an abusive husband, she seeks shelter on a windswept Irish island and dismisses the villagers’ speculation that she is descended from a selkie—a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, she struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O’Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.

Natalie Gibson's review:
This is a very well written book.  I won't do a plot summary - I'll talk about the seemingly effortless skill with which Sophie Moss presented this wonderful selkie story.  The cover grabbed me but the first few pages tightened that grip and the story held me fast. The mix of mythology in a contemporary setting was presented in a believable and realistic way.  It was like the air on Seal Island was thick with magic and the inhabitants didn't notice because they were used to it.  The characters were well developed individuals but not caricatures. I want to do this book justice with a good review but honestly I just want to gush, fan-girl style.  Two things struck me as I read: the rich well described setting and the excellently paced plot.  The story developed naturally, not a word seemed rushed nor description overly drawn out.  I would have bet money this book was written by an experienced author and published by one of the Big 6.  I would have lost.  Gems like this are why we should never let ourselves be swayed away from an indie book. Ms. Moss is an indie author to watch and her voice has style.

 ~ "The air was crisp and cool and refreshing when Tara stepped outside and she took a moment to soak in the view.  She could hear men shouting over their motors down at the docs, bringing in their catch for the day.  The ocean crashed turquoise over a silver beach, fading out to the Atlantic in darker blue.  Sunlight sparkled, dropped like diamonds into the water.  To the West, puffy clouds floated over the jagged peaks of Connemara, like rich dollops of cream.  "Takes your breath away, doesn't it?" "

That it does, Sophie Moss. That it does. 
Thank you for the imaginary vacation to Seal Island.  It was beautiful.

This is a 5 satin pillows read.  Every minute spent reading was enjoyable.  The love scenes were few (2) and tastefully done.  Because of this, I give it 2 candle flames.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this amazing review, Natalie! I'm so happy you liked The Selkie Spell. :)