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The Invasion of Falgannon Isle (The Sisters of Colford Hall Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Although the book is set in the present, Falgannon Isle, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, seems timeless. B. A. Montgomerie is the Lady of the Isle, making sure that everyone is employed. Her current plan is to use her Web site to import prospective wives for the men on the island, since, thanks to an ancient curse, the population remains primarily male. The men are all for it, and when Desmond Mershan shows up, he seems the answer to their troubles. Although Desmond is there to talk about building a resort, he has a hidden agenda, which involves ruining the Montgomeries, as B. A.'s grandfather ruined his family. But all the islanders perceive is that Desmond is Irish, with black hair and green eyes, just like the man fabled to come and end the island's curse by marrying the Lady of the Isle. What makes MacGillivray's romance so special are the eccentric characters, right down to the cat, and Desmond and B.A.'s growing relationship. Maria Hatton
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"A charming, quirky cast and a great read!" -- -
Lynsay Sands,Nationally Bestselling Author


"A charming, quirky cast and a great read!" -- —Nationally Bestselling Author Lynsay Sands

"Mesmerizing and magical. You won’t want to leave…." -- —Nationally Bestselling Author Tori Carrington

"Mesmerizing and magical. You won't want to leave..." -- -
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1485 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (November 28, 2006)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2006
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C05AAO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award Winning Author with Amazon Publishing/Montlake Imprint, also with Kensington Zebra Historicals; Dorchester LoveSpell; Random House Kodansha Ltd (Japan); Romance Nova Cultural (Brazil); ACT (Russsia); Ediciones Pamies (Spain)

Scottish Medieval Historicals (The Dragons of Challon series) and Contemporary Paranormals - on the quirky side - (Sisters of Colford Hall series), and novellas that features cats as a character in the story.

Reviewer for Paranormal Romance; formerly reviewer for The Best Reviews; Sensual Romance, Rambles.net. Former member of RIO Reviewers International Organization.

Member of: RWA; Authors Guild; IWOFA. Host of The Haunt @ PRN

Winner of Gayle Wilson Award of Excellent for Best Contemporary Romance for RIDING THE THUNDER (2008); Beacon Winner Of Excellence Winner for Best Single title 2007 - Riding the Thunder; The Laurie Readers' Choice - a 2006 Winner (Historical Romance) A Restless Knight; Reviewers' Choice Award Winner 2007 - In Her Bed - Single Title.com; Reviewers' Choice Award Winner Best Debut 2006 - A Restless Knight; P.E.A.R.L. Award Winner 2006 - Best Short Story - "Double, Double, Toil & Trouble"; More Than Magic - a 2006 Winner (Debut Catagory) A Restless Knight...and more

Blogger - http://deborahmacgillivray.blogspot.com/
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Designs book covers with her friend at Purple Rain Designs

Favorite authors: Lynsay Sands, Tori Carrington, Maggie Davis aka Katherine Deauxville, Bruce Catton, Rowena Cherry, Dawn Thompson, Robert McCammon, Anne Stuart, Jayne Ann Krentz

Favorite music - The Moody Blues, The Hollies, 3 Doors Down, Clannad, Enya, Lorena McKennett, Ian McShane, Wicked Tinkers, Jeff Victor

Favorite Television show - Hell On Wheels, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Once Upon a Time, Shark Tank, Grimm, Homeland, The Network, Copper, The Borgias, Sparatcus, Thriller, The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, Lovejoy, Dark Shadows, Torchwood, The Avengers, The Prisoner, Shaka Zulu, UFO, Black Adder, Fawlty Towers, ROME, Ellery Queen, Nero Wolf

Favorite Movies - The Brotherhood of the Wolf, The Terrorists, Pirates of the Caribbean, Stingray, Zulu, Zulu Dawn, I Walked With a Zombie, Muppets Treasure Island, Legend, Gotham, Manhunter, Silence of the Lambs, CLUE

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. kingman on December 6, 2009
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Having read the second book of this series first, and having loved it and left a good review about it, I delved into this book, the first of the series. Chances were good, I felt, that I would like it. This book got good reviews too.

Now I must admit I am a bit surprised at all the good reviews. There are good things about this book, but I don't think it warrants 5 stars!

I loved the opening scene of our h/h meeting each other, amongst the eccentric villagers. Hilarious! But it seemed to stall out at some point, and became repetitious.

Things that really drove me nuts: the MANY references to music - specific songs by specific bands, and all the music is that awful, mainstream stuff of the late 80's/early 90's which, to me, does not feel conducive to romance. Rather the reverse. It drives me nuts. It's akin to J.R. Ward's constant referencing brand names for the clothing her characters wear. I'm not interested, and it is distracting.

The Cat Dudley, who was cute at first, became a CONSTANT companion/irritant. I love cats, but I don't want one biting my lover's ankles every 5 minutes. Just too much. Not funny after a certain point.

And finally, WHY was the heroine BarbaraAnne ("B.A." is her nickname, which also bugged me cuz all I could associate that with was Mr. T from "The A-Team") drawn to our hero Desmond? I can see why Desmond would like B.A. - she was kind, smart, pretty, did a lot for the community, etc. I could not figure out what the draw was for her though. Sure, he's gorgeous, but what else? The story went on for so long without them really learning much about each other. The sexual scenes felt unfounded, forced, and not romantic to me.

Also, I must mention, Desmond must have said to B.A. "do you want to look into my eyes?
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STORY BRIEF:
Long ago, a curse was put on Falgannon Isle. (1) No females would be born to the females of the island and (2) the males of the island would not find love until the Lady of the Isle mated with an Irish man with black hair and green eyes. The curse even applies to men and women who leave the island. BA (BarbaraAnne) is the current Lady of the Isle. She is a descendant of Maeve (the woman who was cursed). She inherited wealth created by her grandfather Sean. She uses her wealth to improve the lives of the men on the island. Recently she set up a matchmaking website inviting single women to come to the island. She pays their expenses to come meet potential husbands. Desmond is of Irish descent and has black hair and green eyes. He comes to the island with plans to build a resort. He also has other motives which could hurt BA. He and BA are lustfully drawn to each other.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
The plot was weak. It seemed most of the story consisted of everyday activities and conversations among the people living on the island. The author used a lot of cute names and references to celebrities and movies which is fine, but I would have preferred more interesting actions, motivations and events. I lost interest and wanted it to be over. I found myself skimming some parts in the middle of the book. The main plot about Desmond's business plan which could hurt BA was not developed. And at the end, details about what happened with the business issues were never explained. I wanted the details. The sex scenes were ok but could have used a little more emotional draw.

The best parts of the story (which surprised me) were BA's actions after she learned about Desmond's plans.

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Story length: 341 pages. Swearing language: mild.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Rena Ruadh on April 14, 2008
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I bought this book full of anticipation but was sorely disappointed. The author tries to be especially cute in her writing style, with all the capital letters, 'The Cat Dudley' - the result is just simply annoying. Besides this, the style is very clumsy and the book is not well written at all.

My greatest problem with this book, however, is the author's completely wrong and inappropriate use of Gaelic words. As a Gaelic speaker myself, this is grating. Such sloppy research is not necessary when there are plenty of Gaelic scholars around. What the author seems to have done is pick the first available word out of a dictionary - and how wrong that can be I don't need to tell you.

Then, there are the Pictish references. Again, incredibly annoying. I don't mind fantasy books, but this book is obviously not meant to be fantasy with the creation of a new world/race. All we know of the Picts is what they have engraved on a few stones - pictures that nobody has yet been able to interpret. Mind you, having looked at the author's website, it becomes clear that she has a very strange understanding of Scottish history. According to her, the Picts were on Lewis! Oh dear!

Hmm, to the discerning Celtic scholar, drawing certain vague parallels to Miss Goodrich-Freer may not be entirely out of the question... How do I back this up? I am friends with the archivist of Canna House; and all those who are able to state that Ms MacGillivray is such an expert on all things Scottish and Gaelic will of course be aware of the importance of Canna House... or not???

Altogether - if I could have given this book 0 stars, I would have.
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