Seven years ago, Bridget Colleen Mulligan was swept off her feet by visiting Irish native Culley Mulligan. Yet 72 hours after her whirlwind marriage, she found herself pregnant and alone. Unable to find her vanished spouse, Colleen raised her young son Jacob in Reidville, TN with the help of Granny Frye. Following Granny's sudden death, she finds herself alone and on the verge of poverty.

Contrary to what she thought, Culley did not abandon Bridget; rather, he was killed in a car accident. After the divorce papers reach his family in County Clare, Ireland, Culley's mother became anxious to meet her daughter-in-law and grandson.

Riley, Culley's brother, is of a different mindset. Who is this American woman who claims to have his brother's child? From the moment Bridget sets eyes on the cursed ruin of Caislean Dubh, she feels a strange connection. Was she destined to connect with the cursed Mulligan family?

Utilizing the same magic that made her historical time travel novels such a delight, author Deb Stover brings emotional depth and passion to this terrific contemporary tale. (Jun., 320 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith