An island castle in Cornwall, family secrets, a kilt-wearing chef, and a historical legend cook up a deliciously magical, heartwarming, and suspenseful new love story from the award-winning author of COMPULSION and LAKE OF DESTINY.
Emma Larsen's mother may have been a best-selling romance novelist, but her own track record with relationships was a darker story. Emma no longer believes in fairy tales or happily-ever-afters. But when her best-friend Treave proposes suddenly after the funeral, she agrees to accompany him to a wedding at his family's island castle in Cornwall to try to see him as more than a friend.
She falls in love with the wild, granite Cornish coast, a world rich with history, hauntings, and ancient superstitions. The failed romance of Tristan and Isolde hangs over the island and the lost abbey bell is said to ring when wishes will come true. But as tragedy rocks the small community with a tradition of lifesaving that goes back a thousand years, it is family and courage that keeps everyone together, and a handsome Scottish chef with a turbulent past and secrets he holds close is increasingly the one who draws Emma close as danger swirls around them.
Caught between the two men and her own conscience, Emma discovers that the roots of childhood fears run deep. And sometimes, the people we've known the longest are the ones we don't know at all.
A timeless stand-alone romance in the Celtic Legends collection, filled with heart, food, intrigue, and magical Cornish legends. Perfect for fans of Poldark, Nora Roberts, Susanna Kearsley, Sarah Addison Allen, Susan Wiggs, and Susan Mallery.
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“Delightful, charming, and heartwarming!” —New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins
“I adored every page . . . Beautifully written, perfectly paced with traces of magical realism." —Award-winning author Erin Cashman
“Well-written, well-crafted, well-paced and full of heart. . . . So much charm it's magical!” —BookGeek
“Martina Boone’s gorgeous storytelling enthralled me from start to finish. The plot is captivating, whimsical, and full of surprises that kept me turning the pages.” —Sincerely KarenJo Reviews
“I loved this!!! It reminds me of a Nora Roberts series, The Gallaghers of Ardmore . . . but a Scottish version with men in kilts!” —Two Chicks on Books
“Outlander-Lite Meets Gilmore Girls in Scotland. This is a story that sucked me in from the start and didn’t let go until I’d laughed, shed a few tears and worked up an appetite. Fast. Fun. Romantic. Read it!” —Jenuine Cupcakes Reviews
“This book had it all, romance, fantasy, folklore, drama, and emotional family issues. It’s a great story and I enjoyed every minute.” —Linda R.
“This was so good I’ll be reading it again. A wonderful story . . . with a touch of the fantasy of Brigadoon. I had to read it in one sitting.” —Debra Chase
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“Eight Beaufort is so swoon-worthy that it’s ridiculous. Move over Four, Eight is here to stay!” —RT Book Reviews, RT Editors Best Books of the Year
“Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you’ll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout
“The perfect Southern family saga: charming and steamy on the surface, with cold-blooded secrets buried down deep." —Kendare Blake, NYT bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns and Anna Dressed in Blood
“Beautifully written, with vivid characters, a generations-old feud, and romance that leaps off the page, this Southern ghost story left me lingering over every word, and yet wanting to race to the compelling finish. Martina Boone’s Compulsion is not to be missed.” —Megan Shepherd, NYT bestselling author of The Cage series and The Madman’s Daughter