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The Selkie Spell (Seal Island Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sophie Moss
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)

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The first book in an enchanting trilogy by a USA TODAY Bestselling author

Gold Medal Winner of the 2013 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Contest


American doctor Tara Moore wants to disappear. On the run from an abusive husband, she seeks shelter on a windswept Irish island and dismisses the villagers' speculation that she is descended from a selkie--a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, she struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O'Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.


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"Sophie Moss' sweet rendering of relationships are reminiscent of Nora Roberts. If you've enjoyed Nora Roberts' Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy or Three Sisters Island Trilogy, I definitely recommend Sophie Moss' paranormal romance series, The Seal Island Trilogy." ~ TopList-BestFictionBooks.com

"Moss is an exceptional writer and she demonstrates this with a silky smooth plotline that flows effortlessly from page to page..." ~ BestChickLit.com

"...a hauntingly beautiful mythological adaptation." ~ Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite              

About the Author

Sophie Moss is a USA Today bestselling author of four full-length romance novels. She is known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She lives in Maryland, where she's working on her next novel. When she's not writing, she's testing out a new dessert recipe, exploring the Chesapeake Bay, or fiddling in her garden. Sophie loves to hear from readers. Email her at sophiemosswrites@gmail.com or visit her website sophiemossauthor.com to sign up for her newsletter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2033 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615793312
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sea Rose Publishing (November 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00642RLC8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enthralling Read! February 6, 2012
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Loved this book! The story was captivating and the characters interesting. The writing is superb. I thought the author handled the delicate issue of domestic abuse very well. It was nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat reading that last quarter of the book. This is one author whose future books I will look forward to reading. Highly recommend! If you like a good romance with some otherworld magic thrown into the mix, then this book will not disappoint.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! December 4, 2011
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What a great first novel for Ms. Sophie Moss. Get swept away to Ireland for a fun story full of romance, adventure, happy endings and myths. I couldn't put it down once I started. The imagery was delightful and the characters full and realistic. Hope there is a series and that other characters in the book like Caitlin and Glenna have their own romances told!
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60 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Irish folk legend come to life March 17, 2012
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Not included in description, sexual situations. This was a really neat combination of modern (sometimes harsh) reality/romance mixed with fantasy/folk legend. I just wish I had read all of the reviews thoroughly since someone did mention it, there is more sensual (well, descriptive sex) content than I am comfortable with. I've deleted it and am disappointed because it would have been a pretty good story without that. This is not a criticism of those who don't mind, just a word to those who like clean reading.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This tale captivates March 13, 2012
By H.Sue
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Sophie Moss has written a story that captures the magic of Ireland and the charm of the sparsely-populated, remote islands off its west coast. This is a contemporary tale, complete with a mythical selkie, a woman fleeing an abusive, deranged husband and, of course, a handsome pub owner who just happens to be the single father of a charming daughter. Although it's not difficult to guess the story's outcome, Moss keeps the suspense high and throws in some surprising twists. She also brings her secondary characters to life and I won't be surprised to find them the focus of the next book in her Seal Island trilogy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars, great, quick read April 2, 2012
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Tara's running away from her past and she decides to go to Seal Island, hoping to find a quiet place to stay for a couple of weeks to gather her thoughts and plan her next move. Of course, she finds more than she bargained for there...legend, friendship...romance...enough to make her reconsider her path, enough to make her want to stay.

I found this book to be quite well-written. The plot made sense, the twists and turns didn't seem too far-fetched. The book was a little shorter than I would've liked and I think the author could've fleshed out some of the characters and parts of the story a little more. The book moved quickly and unlike some books, I didn't find any part of it that really dragged on. In many books I've found myself skipping page after page because they don't really add anything extra to the story and don't hold any important information. In other words, they're material that a good editor would probably have cut out. This book didn't have any of that. Like I said, parts of it could've used a little MORE detail that would only have added to the story but overall I found it to be quite an easy, fast-paced read.

Reading some of the lower ratings I was surprised that people thought this was overly graphic. There were a couple of sex scenes but they weren't out of place and, for me, added to the relationship and therefore, the story. I have certainly read books where sex scenes happened often enough that I would start skipping them so the story could continue, this wasn't like that. The couple of scenes that did occur were done well and didn't drag on, nor were they any more graphic (actually, I think they were less graphic) than any other similar scene in other books.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read overall March 20, 2012
By Kate
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This was a fine fun read for St. Patrick's Day. It has a lot of tropes which I normally enjoy. Many parts of it are well-written. The reason why I've given it 3 stars is that it suffers from some pacing issues. There were several drawn-out scenes of "I want to work in your pub" "well, you can't because I'm not hiring you" "but I want to" followed up with several repetitive scenes of her not being able to cook but still not being fired.

I didn't feel compelled to root for the romance at all. In many ways I felt like the author knew the two characters well enough in her head that she figured we'd all be into the romance when it finally happened. Unfortunately they were still both cyphers engaging in the typical "romance" flirting of approach-avoidance when the first clinch came.

I just didn't find myself as caught up in the enchantment of the place as the book seems to hope.

The hardest thing though, was that it was almost like two books. In parts it's this romantic Irish tale and then it gets REALLY steamy and REALLY graphically violent. That was pretty jarring because when I read that a book is a "modern fairy tale romance" I think that means a scrim of enchantment and innocence. I don't expect the graphic sex and violence to pop up. I do read books like that and generally don't have a problem with it. But in this book those scenes seemed to break the mood the book was striving for.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
Good book. I'll read more by Sophie Moss!
Published 4 days ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted.
I thought it was a cute book about a Scottish/Irish Legend. I read it at night before I fell asleep each night.
Published 1 month ago by CLP Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the series
I absolutely loved this series. You have to read them in their book order to understand the story. I immediately fell in love with the characters and the island setting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jporter
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful Irish Folklore !
I loved the story, the characters and the happy ending.can't wait until the second and third books of the trilogy are available at Amazon,USA.
Published 1 month ago by Florence Bellew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I really enjoyed this book and have already downloaded the next two. I like the way this author writes. Very likeable characters and an interesting plot. Good romance.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!!
Published 1 month ago by Val
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
strange and interesting !
Published 2 months ago by Aurelia Borges
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very disappointed in this book. No real substance and verbiage trite.
Published 2 months ago by Katherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Fairytale Thriller!
The Selkie Spell by Sophie Moss is a wonderful mix of fairy tale with a real life horror story. The story centers around Tara who is a doctor from Dallas who faked her own death to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by LilMissMolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful irish Selkie tale. I listened to the audiobook. the narrator was wonderful. loved the story.
Published 2 months ago by J. Sutherland
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More About the Author

Sophie Moss is a USA Today bestselling author of four full-length romance novels. She is known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She lives in Maryland, where she's working on her next novel. When she's not writing, she's testing out a new dessert recipe, exploring the Chesapeake Bay, or fiddling in her garden. Sophie loves to hear from readers. Email her at sophiemosswrites@gmail.com or visit her website sophiemossauthor.com to sign up for her newsletter.

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