Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
(Berkley, 2013, 342 pages)
Iona Sheehan is desperate to find her roots and her place in life. She decides to quit her job, sell her belongings, and take her grandmother’s advice to fly to Ireland and start anew. She books a week-long stay in the old castle that now serves as a luxurious hotel. She plans on pampering herself and taking in some scenery. She ventures out on her first day to find her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. Along the way she encounters a huge dog, but later finds out that he belongs to Branna and was sent to fetch her. Branna embraces Iona, offers to find her a job in the horse stables, and encourages Iona to move in when her time runs out at the castle.
Iona soon realizes that her cousins possess mystical powers. She had been told stories of the Dark Witch, her ancestor, by her grandmother, but she begins to understand that there is a reason and a purpose for which she has been drawn to Ireland. Iona’s arrival means that the three cousins will be able to join forces against the dark one, Cabhan. However, before the summer solstice, Iona will learn the trade of witchcraft and fall in love with a horseman. This is book 1 of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy.