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Celtic Storms: Celtic Steel: Book One (Volume 1) Paperback – February 3, 2012
5 STARS Celtic Storms by Delaney Rhodes is the first book in the series and it does what any good start to a series does...it leaves you wanting more. --M. Hardy
4 STARS I recommend this book for anyone that loves historical romance with a bit of paranormal flare in it. It truly is a fantastic and intriguing read and I can't wait for the next in the series. I was captivated from beginning to end. --D. Felthauser
4 STARS I LOVED this book so much. I read it in less than twenty-four hours. All around this was a great read. I didn't want it to end and I definitely can't wait for the second installment." --Redheads Review it Better
About the Author
Of Irish and English descent, Romance Author Delaney Rhodes is a native Texan from birth. She is a Graduate with double Majors from The University of Houston, in Law and Writing. She has two teenage daughters, and is married to an entrepreneurial Husband. Three of her favorite people, are her three rescued Russian Blue cats; Sebastian, Sasha, and Sissy. The family would not be complete without 13, an adopted Bearded Dragon.
Together they live life at a fast pace, enjoying each other and striving to help the world become a better place. Besides her writing and family Ms. Rhodes is active in many charitable organizations that benefit animals and children, both through volunteering and fundraising.
Ms. Rhodes writing was prompted and inspired by many hours of research and study into her Irish and Celtic family lineage and heritage. Many of the stories you will find in the chapters of her writings were birthed while striving to connect with those that had walked these paths and lived before her. Ms. Rhodes has been previously employed in executive positions within Fortune 500 oil and gas, information technology, and lumber products companies in corporate legal departments.
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I haven't finished the book and am not sure if I will. I cannot stand this type of error when I read. Am I too picky? I don't think so. I think the majority of readers are that picky. I am interested in the story, but this distracts from it so much.
Update: Waste for waist, bare for bear... Please get a new editor. :)
This book is not my normal reading but I was interested in reading this book after I read the blurb.
Yes, I saw all of the negative comments about this book but I still felt like it deserved a chance. It seemed that someone needed to give this book a positive review and I felt that I could do that. No matter what all books will have, some type of grammar or spelling error no book is perfect. No Matter how many time sit is edited. Why? Because everyone is, human and humans make mistakes whether it is an author or an editor. Maybe it is me but I can and will over look most grammar/spelling errors. Why you ask? It is because that is just part of reading. To me the errors make the book more human, more real, and more lifelike.
Now for my review. I honestly loved this book. I did not want to put this book down. I was draw to the characters Darina & Patrick. This book had some amazing research completed by the author. I will admit that I do not know a lot about Irish folklore but this book had a lot in it. To me that is what made this book so interesting, so hard to put down.
The book starts out in the year 1457 at McCahan Castle with Patrick working at a blacksmith. Patrick is the eldest son of the Laird. Patrick is called away from his work for an important message. It is a message that he does not want nor does he understand.
Darina knows about the message that Patrick is going to get from his father, but it is a message that she does not want herself. She cannot understand why her father has done this to her or why she has to do this
This is more than just a love story. It is a story that will connect the reader through time. This story has well-developed characters, an amazing plot and is well written with no grammar or editing errors that I found or noticed.
I felt drawn to Patrick and Darina. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next. This is the first book of the Celtic Steel series. If the title for the series is, appropriate.
While reading this book I felt pulled back to the 14th century. Drawn to the amazing characters especially Darina. She is a strong female character. I cannot wait to read the second book in this series.
The bunnies and I give this book 4-Carrots.
What was wrong with this book beyond the constant errors, you ask? Well, let's see...
Each and every chapter that I read (which was around 4 chapters) jumped to a new person, a new place, a new train of thought... and a new, mind-numbingly boring back-story to accompany them. Not only were these back-stories boring, but they were extremely awkward and stilted in their recounting.
By four chapters in, the only current information we have is that Patrick and Darina are to be married, and neither of them are happy about it... the same information we had at the beginning of Chapter 1. Everything else that has been yammered on about is all either foundational information that would have been better suited to a Prologue (if at all), or relational conflict that should have been more evenly (and subtly) distributed amongst the storyline. This isn't The Da Vinci Code, there's absolutely no need for info dumping... and certainly not in such a painful, amateurish manner.
By the way, no one talks like the characters in this book do - not even in the 1490's. I've heard more convincing dialogue while watching the kids play with Barbie dolls... schucks, I've read more believable dialogue in silent films. And if you're going to write a period piece, you can't just throw in modern colloquialisms whenever you feel like it. Mishmashing modern slang into historical Irish speech sounds worse than a redneck trying to speak Jive.
Needless to say, I couldn't stomach a page more...
(I mean, there were storyline errors within the first four chapters, for pity's sake... she couldn't even get her own story straight from the start!)