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Reluctantly Charmed: A Novel (edició 2015)

de Ellie O'Neill (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Reluctantly Charmed: A Novel
Autors:Ellie O'Neill (Autor)
Informació:Touchstone (2015), 416 pages
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DNF at 24%! This book is supposed to be funny and charming, but actually, for me, it was more silly, without being funny and it seems to be taking a romantic turn that I just wasn't that interested to read about. The whole 7 letter thing and the fairie thing just didn't work for. I read some review to see if it was worth continue reading, but apparently the ending is a big let-down so I decided to not go on since there are better books out there in the world just waiting to be read...with great endings.

I want to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy for an honest review. ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
"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."

Funny, sweet, and captivating, Reluctantly Charmed is a story steeped in Irish folklore (and lots and lots of tea). I adored Kate McDaid, a 26-year-old junior copywriter at an ad agency in Dublin, Ireland; even though Kate starts off as someone I wouldn't necessarily befriend, her journey - finding her heritage, her passion, her Self - has such classic appeal that I couldn't not like her and root for a happy ending.

Highly recommended if you enjoy magical realism in the realm of Sarah Addison Allen or Alice Hoffman.

4 stars

(Nominated by Virginia King for Into the Forest's Irish-themed group read.) ( )
  flying_monkeys | Jan 3, 2017 |
[Tuesday, November 3, 2015] This cover is gorgeous. I just ordered the book, I can't wait to read it.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
I've learned not to trust a book by it's cover, and nowhere is this point more valid than Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill. Pitched as having the 'warmth of Monica McInerney and the charm of Bridget Jones', I'd never have picked up Reluctantly Charmed if it weren't for the invitation to join the virtual book tour being hosted by Simon and Schuster and being offered an ARC of the novel.

Far from being a beach read or chick lit novel, I found Reluctantly Charmed to be a dark mystery that definitely held my attention. The romance is subtle, the protagonist Kate is very likeable and the plot is original and believable. I flagged each of the letters as they appeared in the novel (and were subsequently published on the web by Kate) and couldn't wait to read the final letter and the instructions it contained.

I enjoyed the darkness and fear associated with Irish folklore and the mention that some Irishman still try to please the fairies by fulfilling superstitious beliefs. Author Ellie O'Neill tells me more in her guest post here: http://www.carpelibrum.net/2014/10/book-tour-guest-post-reluctantly.html

Reluctantly Charmed was the most unexpected and surprising read of the year for me and reinforces the lesson that if you generalise and make snap judgements about a book, you could be missing out on a rewarding reading experience. I'm glad I didn't miss this one. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Oct 22, 2014 |
Reluctantly Charmed is one of the most unique novels I’ve read for a very long time. It’s fiction, combined with history and tradition and a sprinkling of magic. It’s funny, sunny and turns very serious at a point, reflecting on some of the questions humans have been asking for centuries – who or what is to be believed in? Do witches, magic and fairies exist?

The story starts out quite normally – Kate is a 26 year old woman in Dublin with man problems and a job that seems to be a bit of a dead end. She gives us some hilarious commentary about how everyone in Dublin seems to know everyone somehow and the endless possibilities to offend someone because their great aunt used to play tennis with your grandmother’s best friend and then Kate finds out she’s been left an inheritance by her great times four aunt, also Kate McDaid. It’s not an ordinary inheritance though – to get the unidentified inheritance, she must publish seven letters, or Steps, weekly. Kate thinks it’s all a bit of a laugh, especially as the first step seems harmless. So she publishes it on the forgotten website of the Space Monkeys (the former band of the object of her affection, Jim). What Kate didn’t think about was the ability of the internet to hype everything up and soon she’s a celebrity, complete with paparazzi and an anorak-wearing fan club. She’s being asked to use her influence to get David Hasselhoff to star in an ad campaign, people are sending her things and she’s being followed down to the corner shop. But the final step is different from the rest – will Kate take the risk and publish, or will she devastate her followers?

I found Reluctantly Charmed to be a quirky book with hidden depths. Ellie O’Neill’s writing grew stronger with each chapter and the climax was a tricky one to accomplish, but she nailed it. As the tone of the novel grew darker in shades, I found myself rethinking what I had badged as light fiction. Each step deals with rethinking the way we live and slowing down our busy lives. It’s about appreciating what’s around you. Nature is a strong theme here and respecting the natural surrounds. I found it lovely that people took on board the steps and started spending time looking at flowers at the detriment of the phones. The reveal of the final step was a gasp-worthy moment where I had to reconsider every step before and what they could have meant (a little more than appreciation of natural surroundings). It was a tense read as Kate grappled with what to do as thousands awaited the words they had travelled so far to hear. The tension practically made the book quiver with anticipation.

There are also plenty of fun moments in Reluctantly Charmed. Ellie’s on-off relationship with Jim is funny, as is the character of Jim himself. The attempt to get the Hoff in an ad for chocolate was laugh out loud material. There’s a lovely relationship building and periodic appearances of a large dog. Kate’s friends are also very funny in their attempts to catch a man via spells and then get rid of him. Kate is an easy character to get to know – it feels like you’ve known her for years. Her problems are (mainly) relatable but her journey is a wild one, full of fun and unwanted fame.

A question asked in this book is how much does magic exist in our lives? Is it there under the surface and we’ve just forgotten how to see it? The fairies of Ireland and the people’s belief in them play a big role in the story. Whether you believe in them or not, Reluctantly Charmed forces you to think about how you came to your conclusion. A belief in fairies is not necessary to enjoy this book (it’s firmly rooted in reality), but it’s interesting to read the varying responses of the characters to fairies.

An amusing and imaginative story, this book is a delightful debut by Ellie O’Neill.

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for the copy of this book.

http://samstillreading.wordpress.com ( )
  birdsam0610 | Oct 11, 2014 |
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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.

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