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Product Details

  • Series: A Mists of Ireland Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425243737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425243732
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is one of the best books I've read. A+" The Good, the Bad & the Unread
Top Pick!  "Leaves you breathless for more."  Night Owl Romance
Recommended Read!  "I savored every page."  CK2S Kwips & Kritiques
"If you read one book this summer, don't miss this one! Fantastic!"
 Romance Junkies

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"A COMPLEX, MYSTERIOUS AND VERY SATISFYING STORY!"
--Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author


"A BOOK THAT YOU WON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN."--Night Owl Romance

A mysterious stranger. A lost woman. A terrifying legacy.

Danni Jones doesn't believe in destiny until she meets the seductive Sean Ballagh.  He lures her back to Ireland, to a moment in her own past when her life was destroyed.  He gives her the chance to change everything.  Sean is not what he seems and Danni isn't certain she can trust him, yet she cannot resist him or what he offers no matter how much she fears the consequences.

Now, in a land where the mystical and the occult are as vivid as the emerald fields, Danni must fight the forces that threaten to rip her and Sean apart and rewrite history to save herself and the one man she was meant to love--or live forever in time as nothing more than an ethereal memory, a tragic and haunting beauty...

"A DARK AND PASSIONATE ROMANCE WITH THE LITERARY BRILLANCE OF THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE."
--Kathryne Kennedy, author of Enchanting the Lady

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New York Times Bestselling author Erin Quinn writes romance for the thinking reader. Her books have been called "riveting," "brilliantly plotted" and "beautifully written" and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence.

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Customer Reviews

I liked Danni learning of herself and her family, same with Sean.
Avid Reading in NV
I really really liked Haunting Beauty though it took me a while to understand what was really going on.
melindeeloo
This is such a wonderful story, I loved the romance, the mystery, and the time travel!
A. Mckenna Johnson

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By melindeeloo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
It starts with a vision of her own death and a compelling stranger that Danni `knows' she will meet again. Danni has been denying the gift that forced her from foster home to foster home after being abandoned by her mother as a child. Now Shaun, the man from her vision, appears in the `flesh' on her doorstep offering Danni her fondest wish - Shaun tells her of a father and extended family in Ireland who want her. But even as Danni is drawn to Shaun, Shaun is keeping secrets - more secrets than he even knows. It will take a bit of Irish magic, love, a leap of faith and a trip to the past for Danni and Shaun to avert a past tragedy and for them to even have a ghost of a chance at a future together.

I really really liked Haunting Beauty though it took me a while to understand what was really going on. I wasn't initially sure whether it was a ghost story or a time travel romance even though the Danni figures this out fairly quickly. Because key elements of the story are told in visions or dreams, Haunting Beauty has a non-linear flow that actually works to reinforce the haunting feel and to build the tension as Danni struggles to find a way to change the events of the night which had such tragic consequences for Danni and Shaun and for both of their families.

I liked the magical feel that the visions and the Celtic lore brought to the story, but it was really Danni and especially Shaun who won my heart. Both the leads are quite likeable and have an appealing vulnerability.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynn K. Coulter on August 25, 2009
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Mysticism combined with romance wrapped up in a beautiful mist of Irish folklore and time travel. Wonderfully evocative writing. Characters that jump off the page. A plot that kept me guessing. A chemistry that smoldered. I was transported along with Danni and Sean to another time and place. My sole disappointment in this book was when the journey had to come to an end. I'm just glad to know that "Haunting Beauty" is only the first in a series of books about this family, their adventures through time and the evil Book of Fennore.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy C on September 15, 2009
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Abandoned at a young age, Danni has always felt different. Afraid to open herself up and explore the oddness of who she is. Danni never knew what happened to her family. She grew up in foster home after foster home. And then one night a strange, yet somehow familiar man, appears on her doorstep, and from that moment on, everything changes. This man, Sean Ballagh, claims to know where her father is, who she is, where she's from. He has answers she's lived her entire life wondering about.

Now's her chance to discover her past, as visions unfold, and an amazing journey sweeps both Danni and Sean back in time to twenty years in the past, just a few days before the terrible events unfold that will change their life to the one they just left. It's not often second chances are given. Does Danni have the power within herself to alter the tragic events?

The imagery and tone created a mysterious and vivid story. The twisted, tangled, and devastating events from the past catapult this book on a journey to uncover the secrets that will allow Danni and Sean to find the peace and answers they need to heal and find the love of of a family Danni has always yearned to have. The twists and turns this dark tale takes you on was at times confusing, and some things were left unanswered or rather unanswerable, but I chalk that up to storytelling and the beauty of fiction. Let your mind wonder and explore the possibilities.

Complex and fascinating to say the least!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Danni grew up as a foster child believing her parents abandoned her at birth or soon afterward. She worked hard to make something of herself and has become an expert at antiques. The young woman has no interest in her own past though occasionally late at night she curiously wonders who they were.

Sean Ballogh enters her life seemingly out of thin air. He insists her family has been searching for her for two decades and he wants to bring her home to her Irish roots on Ballyfionuir Island. Furthermore his arrival has stimulated her second sight skill. Unable to resist the lure of kin, Danni travels to Ballyfionuir where she meets loving family, alive and dead. As she and Sean fall in love, Danni realizes, for them to have a future, she must change her family's past and fight an evil beyond her imagination or watch her beloved die.

This is a whimsical charming modern day Celtic romantic fantasy starring a courageous heroine and a haunted hero. Danni makes the tale when she and Sean reach her birth island as she is in awe as she meets her family, live and dead members. Fans will enjoy her family reunion, but in order to have a future, she must somehow rewrite the past. Erin Quinn provides a haunting thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2009
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Danni Jones has long lived with the knowledge that her mother abandoned her at daycare when she was five years old. She's grown up in foster homes and now works for one of her foster mothers in an antique shop. When she has a vivid dream about a violent event she's flustered, especially when a gorgeous man shows up on her doorstep that very day.

Sean Ballagh knows that Danni holds the key to the violent episode that ended with death, and the disappearance of Danni, her mother and her brother. The trick will be convincing her to come home to Ireland and help to set things right.

When Danni figures out that Sean is not exactly who she thinks he is, she decides to send him away and stay where she's at. But occult forces have other ideas, and the two soon find themselves twenty years in the past, wondering exactly what is happening.

Can they change the past and find happiness? Or will they both end up on the losing side of the battle?

When I read the blurb for Haunting Beauty I was truly intrigued. I love stories of the occult, and this one did not disappoint. It is hauntingly dark and had twists and turns that kept me on my toes. I fell in love with Sean, who was very passionate about his duty and his growing love for Danni. I enjoyed watching Danni uncover her past and come to terms with what happened then, with her family and herself. The two of them together were passionate and so obviously destined to be together that it tore at my heartstrings. I am now impatiently waiting for Haunting Warrior, the second book in the series to see what happens next.

If you enjoy dark, emotional stories that will keep you wondering about what is happening and what will happen next then Haunting Beauty is the tale for you. It is a complex novel that pulled at my emotions, and left me sighing with pleasure at the end.

Amelia
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