Saturday, December 19, 2020

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

Book Summary

When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father—and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.

This newfound fortune would be life-changing for anyone. But little does Breen know that when she uses some of the money to journey to Ireland, it will unlock mysteries she couldn’t have imagined. Here, she will begin to understand why she kept seeing that silver-haired, elusive man, why she imagined his voice in her head saying Come home, Breen Siobhan. It’s time you came home. Why she dreamed of dragons. And where her true destiny lies—through a portal in Galway that takes her to a land of faeries and mermaids, to a man named Keegan, and to the courage in her own heart that will guide her through a powerful, dangerous destiny… 

My Thoughts

The Awakening by Nora Roberts is a captivating novel.  I was immediately drawn into this tale and I did not want to put it down. The Awakening is the first installment in The Dragon Heart Legacy series.  I thought it was well-written with developed characters and a complex plot.  Breen Kelly learns her mother has hidden a vast sum of money from her.  Breen is surprised to learn that her father who disappeared many years ago has been sending her money.  This money will allow Breen to make changes to her life such as quitting her teaching position.  Her roommate and best friend, Marco Olsen suggests she do something that she has always dreamed of doing.  Breen has always wanted to visit Ireland.  She rents a cottage for the summer in Connemara where she begins to dream of a magical place with red dragons.  Breen is in for the adventure of her life.  The Awakening is a magical tale.  I like that the author took the time to establish the characters, storyline, and setting.  Her vivid word imagery brought the scenery alive for me.  We get to meet Keegan and Breen’s loving grandmother along with a cast of enchanting folks and creatures.  There is good versus evil and a bad woman who is intent on causing conflict.  I liked seeing Breen come out of her shell and blossom.  Of course, The Awakening ends with a cliffhanger.  We must now wait a year for the next tale in The Dragon Heart Legacy series.  If you have never wanted to visit Ireland before, you will after reading this book.  You can tell that the author did her research. I enjoyed the whimsy and humor in the story.  Marco is a delight and I frequently laughed after reading his dialogue.  My favorite phrase from The Awakening is, “Girl, take it from an old queen.  Be who you are and the heck (I changed this word) with the rest.”  The Awakening is a magical tale that will keep you riveted until the very last word.  

The Awakening is available from Amazon* along with other major retailers (Barnes & Noble, BAM, Kobo, Google Play, Chapter's, Waterstone's).  The next book in The Dragon Heart Legacy series will be out in November 2021.  The final book releases in November 2022.  I used the publisher's summary of The Awakening today to give you an idea at the full scope of the novel (it is a hard book to describe).  You can find Nora Roberts other novels here.  Thank you for reading my review today.  I heading out to run a few errands.  I can now find some places locally without the aid of the navigation app on my phone (post office, drug store, and grocery store--the basics).  Can you imagine if we still had to rely on paper maps? I am signing off for Christmas.  I need some time to rest and get things done for the my new abode.  I will be back soon on December 29 with my review of a new release.  I hope that all of you have a wonderful holiday season.  Our holiday may look a little different this year, but it can still be joyful.  I hope that you get some wonderful new books for Christmas (or an Amazon gift card so you can buy them).  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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