|Ellora's cave put together an Enchanting Irish anthology. Each author took an object and built a complete and very romantic story around it. The anthology starts out with Bantry finding a cache of stolen goods. His misbegotten nephew, Aodhgan, was apparently quite a thief. A piece of cloth torn and ragged, a harp with broken strings, and a small green rock - all stolen from a very powerful woman called The Crone. Bantry joins with the Goddess Cliodna to work together so the items can be used for good. Bantry persues this quest as a storekeeper, so that the items can be sold to the people that need it most.
In Diana Hunter's Stitches in Time, two Americans find themselves in a shop buying a small piece of a larger tapestry. On this piece is a leprechaun. The last thing Liam expects is the sewn Leprechaun, named Seamus, to start telling him about his love life and how he should go about winning his traveling companion's love. Liam does not need to fall in love with his boss's daughter, who he perceives as way too uptight and unhappy for him. Seamus, however, has a plan and needs to convince Liam that Maggie is his true love, so that together they can find the other portion of the tapestry allowing Seamus to finally be free of the tapestry.
In Sahara Kelly's Harpist Bizarre, a concert pianist walks into a shop and is instantly taken in by a beautiful, and very old, harp. Fay does not know if she can play the harp but she cannot resist it. The music from the harp starts to bring Aidan (Aodhgan) back from the exile placed upon him for untold years by the Crone for his indiscretions. He was sentenced to a life trapped away and was unable to really live until the Harp played music again. Aiden invades Fay's dreams and Fay invades Aiden's dreams - together can they break the curse that has kept Aiden prisoner for many lifetimes?
In Tielle St. Clare's Kissing Stone, Kit and Jax have been best friends for six months, and in that time Kit has never told Jax how she feels about him. When, on a spur of the moment purchase, Kit buys a little green stone, the shop-owner tells her it is a piece of the "REAL" Blarney stone, and to kiss it is to give that person the gift of persuasive eloquence. She does not believe in the superstition, but she kisses it while at dinner with Jax and everything begins to change. She is compelled to tell Jax exactly how she feels about him. But what happens when the stone wears off?
Each story is very strong and all together make a superb anthology. This book was a lot of fun to read with not one weak story in the entire collection. The only issue I had was that I thought the stories would have read easier had they been in a different order, but that in NO way affected the book, the writers, or the fun of Irish Enchantments! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Reviewer: Sara Sawyer
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