In the glowing green fields and shadowy glen,
Our laughs can be heard ‘mongst women and men,
The whistle of gale carries our joyous song,
In the rustle of trees, we’ve been here all along.
‘Tis in the hardness of rocks and corners we dwell,
We’re whispered in songs and stories you tell,
Floating o’er you, we sing and we dance in the rain,
But through the darkness of shadows soar black wails of pain.
One of yours we’ve kept in the depths of our lair,
We took her long ago, the girl of red hair,
With our gifts, she returns with promise of light,
To guide the way out of your sickness of night.
Acknowledge the spirit that in nature lives,
Whistle to flowers, embrace how the fairy world gives,
If you still do not see us, our anger you’ll know,
A cradle burned, a soul extinguished,
In the music it shall show.
The Seven Steps by Kate McDaid
Kate McDaid is listing her new-year’s resolutions hoping to kick-start 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. Almost instantaneously, 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 her great-aunt’s final, devastating request … and whether she can face the consequences if she doesn’t.
Witty, enchanting and utterly addictive, 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.
In my last visit home, a couple of months ago, I got a dozen of new books and one of them was this charming book by Ellie O’Neill titled “Reluctantly Charmed”, nothing about me was reluctant while this book charmed me.
I just finished this book, a few hours ago, so the charm of a new favorite story still lingers with me. I remember searching for new books a few months ago, and while entering from one book to the next on Amazon I found this astonishingly beautiful cover and I ordered it on the spot. I have a thing for redheads but not all redheads, I have standers! The girl on the cover is mesmerizing, buying this book for the cover in first place was a gamble, but I won a great story with it!
Above, I shared the first of the seven steps to whet your appetite, in the brief synopsis above I also added the general survey of the novel.
The story revolves about Kate McDaid who inherited 7 letters from her great-aunt from 130 years ago, her aunt was a wicked witch, and they not only shared a name, but looks and power as well. The story takes place in modern Ireland but brings out all the folklore charm of the fair folk. If Kate doesn’t continue publishing the letters every week, not only does she not inherit but also the wrath of fairies will fall on her.
Reading this book awakened two parts in me, first I was heartbroken reading passages about Ireland, because it reminded me of Palestine, and how much Ireland lost because of British occupation. England should apologize to many people they hurt along the history in the name of power. But history is history, it does affect the present BUT we choose to let go or embrace our heritage. It would break my heart of Palestinian let go.
The second part is a bit personal, BUT books can do that to you, remind you of things you forgot. I too had a fairy friend as a kid, and so many things mentioned in the book gave me goosebumps and awakened a sleeping memory in the back of my mind that I thought of as fiction. As I googled I found many people from different cultures, spoke different languages, had different religions, and were from different times experience the same experiences I went through, which confirmed my old beliefs, some things are unexplainable but are real like you and me. But unlike other people I have proof. It’s such a great book!
they whispered in my dreams and left songs in my head.
The book is magical, funny, thrilling, it could get creepy, and charming; and the author knows Omar Al-Sharif!! But I wanted more of the ending. Not the ending I expected from all the bulidup as the story moved forward.