Stepping out is a feature on my blog where I step out of the world of YA and review a book for adults that I have read. Today I am Stepping Out with the utterly charming ‘Reluctantly Charmed,’ by debut author Ellie O’Neill.
Release Date: October 2014.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Source: From publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
What a fun read! Reluctantly Charmed was everything it promised on the front cover ‘witty, enchanting and utterly addictive.’ Ellie O’neill has produced a magical debut that is sure to charm many readers. (I couldn’t help but think the whole time I was reading it that adult readers of YA will love this one, especially if you like magical realism/Fairies.)
What a wonderful character Kate McDaid was. She finds herself with a mysterious inheritance, one she won’t be able to get her hands on unless she agrees to publishes seven letters, one every week for seven weeks. Curious to know what this inheritance is, Kate agrees. She had no idea what she was getting herself into.
The letters encourage people to remember the fairies of the Irish Folklore. Kate is an average, down to earth girl who works in advertising as a copywriter and thinks the letters are nothing more than the ramblings of a mad old woman. That they are harmless. She publishes them online and the unexpected happens – the letters become really popular and people start actually believing in them.
Kate is labelled a witch and thrust into the spotlight. Her life starts spiraling out of control. She can’t go anywhere without being followed, she has to come up with a campaign for a hard to please client and the man she thought she loved becomes less and less lovable, while the man she thought she’d never love becomes more so.
But as more and more strange things happen around her, Kate can’t help but start to believe, reluctantly, that there might be something more to the letters than she first thought.
Funny, magical and romantic, Reluctantly Charmed is a delightful read. I loved the Dublin setting, I felt like I had been transported to Ireland while I was reading it. I was held captivated by Kate, her friends, family and the letters, and was eagerly turning the pages to see how it was going to end. If you like your contemporaries with a bit of magic, Reluctantly Charmed is the perfect choice. I highly recommend it.
You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.