Reluctantly Charmed

Ellie O'Neill (Author)
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Description

In the spirit of Cecelia Ahearn and Regina McBride, a lighthearted and relatable debut novel about an advertising copywriter who upends her ordinary life and captures the attention of the world after publishing a seven-part treatise on the existence of fairies.

Kate McDaid thought that going to the reading of her great-great-aunt's will would be just another non-event in her ordinary life. A junior copywriter at an advertising agency in Dublin, she was used to spending her days wrangling clients, over-indulging in chocolatey products, and whiling away nights at the pub with her best friends, using her trusty bicycle to get around town. Instead, Kate finds out that the will and her aunt (also known as the Red Witch of Knocknamee) dictates that Kate must publish a series of strange poems called "The Seven Steps" under her own name in order to inherit the rest of her aunt's estate.

And those poems? They're a mysterious treatise on the importance and existence of fairies...

Kate decides to publish the Steps on a friend's website, thinking that the low traffic on the site would let her posts go unnoticed. She never could have imagined that in a matter of days, she would find herself a local celebrity with her own group of devotees and the target of a mysterious and glamorous newspaper reporter. Even Dublin's rock-and-roll sweetheart--and Kate's onetime fling--writes a song inspired by the Steps.

While the Steps strike a chord across Ireland and the world, Kate takes the message to heart. But as the tone of each Step moves from free-spirited to sinister, Kate must decide if she will go through with publishing all seven Steps--or protect humankind from an ancient evil.

Infused with just enough magic and everyday familiarity that anyone can relate to, this fantastic debut is a page-turner with the perfect mix of humor and mystery.

Product Details

Price
$24.99
Publisher
Touchstone Books
Publish Date
March 17, 2015
Pages
416
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781476757551
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About the Author

Ellie O'Neill has sold spider catchers in Sydney, flipped burgers in Dublin and worked in advertising in London. Her debut novel, Reluctantly Charmed, was a bestseller, followed by The Enchanted Island. Ellie lives in Ireland with her husband and two children. See www.ellieoneill.com.au

Reviews

"Reluctantly Charmed is a sweet, whimsical, quintessentially Irish novel guaranteed to add a little magic to your day!"--Liane Moriarty
"O'Neill's writing is sharp, funny, and authentic, and she brings us a believable - and truly likable - protagonist in the most unlikely of circumstances. Reluctantly Charmed is a first effort that will bring O'Neill plenty of fans, while reminding her readers to keep an eye out for magic in surprising places."--Irish America
"[A] chatty and original debut . . . The pages breeze by due to O'Neill's accessible style. . . . The true appeal of the novel is in the author's sure-handed depiction of Ireland's landscape, people, and lore. . . . Whimsical."---Kirkus Reviews