• Title: Reluctantly Charmed
  • Author: Ellie O'Neill
  • ISBN: 9781476757551
  • Page: 360
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reluctantly Charmed Kate McDaid is listing her new year s resolutions hoping to kick start her rather stagnant love life and career when she gets some very strange news To her surprise she is the sole benefactor of a gr
    Kate McDaid is listing her new year s resolutions hoping to kick start her rather stagnant love life and career when she gets some very strange news To her surprise, she is the sole benefactor of a great great great great aunt and self proclaimed witch also called Kate McDaid, who died over 130 years ago As if that isn t strange enough, the will instructs that, in orderKate McDaid is listing her new year s resolutions hoping to kick start her rather stagnant love life and career when she gets some very strange news To her surprise, she is the sole benefactor of a great great great great aunt and self proclaimed witch also called Kate McDaid, who died over 130 years ago As if that isn t strange enough, the will instructs that, in order to receive the inheritance, Kate must publish seven letters, one by one, week by week.Burning with curiosity, Kate agrees and opens the first letter and finds that it s a passionate plea to reconnect with the long forgotten fairies of Irish folklore Almost instantaneously, Kate s life is turned upside down Her romantic life takes a surprising turn and she is catapulted into the public eye.As events become stranger and stranger and she discovers things about herself she s never known before Kate must decide whether she can fulfil her great aunt s final, devastating request and whether she can face the consequences if she doesn t.Witty, enchanting and utterly addictive, Reluctantly Charmed is about what happens when life in the fast lane collides with the legacy of family, love and its possibilities and a little bit of magic.

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    1. Kate McDaid was a copy-writer – she’d been a copy-writer ever since she had joined Frank and Preston five and a half years previously. F & P were a multi-national advertising agency; their office where Kate worked was located in Dublin where she had lived all her life. She was looking down the barrel of her career as forever being a copy-writer and she couldn’t work out how to secure the promotion she so desperately wanted. The day of her twenty sixth birthday was the same as any other [...]

    2. DNF at 24%! This book is supposed to be funny and charming, but actually, for me, it was more silly, without being funny and it seems to be taking a romantic turn that I just wasn't that interested to read about. The whole 7 letter thing and the fairie thing just didn't work for. I read some review to see if it was worth continue reading, but apparently the ending is a big let-down so I decided to not go on since there are better books out there in the world just waiting to be readwith great end [...]

    3. Ellie O’Neill is a very clever writer with a light touch. Reluctantly Charmed is fast-paced quirky and funny. There are literally dozens of characters and we never get them confused because the characterisation is so strong. The premise at first appears a bit shallow but don’t be deceived – there’s unexpected depth lurking beneath what seems to be a great romp down the well-trodden chick-lit path. I do think at times the handling of Irish folklore was a little too tongue-in-cheek – and [...]

    4. First of all, I know the title is an ‘Adult’ read. And I know us YA bloggers tend to shy away from such books. But this has to be one of the most YA-y ‘Adult’ books I’ve read in a long time. It definitely doesn’t have the normal adult vibe… apart from the fact that yes, the character is a little bit older than a teenager, it’s a quirky and interesting ‘fluffy’ read that’s perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.The novel follows Kate McDaid, a young Irish woman who’s in despe [...]

    5. [Tuesday, November 3, 2015] This cover is gorgeous. I just ordered the book, I can't wait to read it.In my last visit home, a couple of months ago, I got a dozen of new books and one of them was this charming book by Ellie O'Neill titled "Reluctantly Charmed", nothing about me was reluctant while this book charmed me.I just finished this book, a few hours ago, so the charm of a new favorite story still lingers with me. I remember searching for new books a few months ago, and while entering from [...]

    6. If there was every a book which made me want to run away to Ireland and play among the fae - it would be Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill.Kate McDaid's life so far has been fairly normal. She has a job as a copywriter and hopes for career progression. Her parents are loving and she has a great group of friends. On her twenty-sixth birthday, Kate gets a letter which changes her life from her great great-great-great aunt Kate McDaid, a self-proclaimed witch who has been dead for 130 years. The [...]

    7. Reluctantly Charmed is a bewitching novel from debut author Ellie O'Neill. Kate McDaid is curious when she is summoned on her 26th birthday to a lawyer's office to hear the reading of a will written 130 years ago. The will, penned by Kate's great-great-great-great aunt, requires her to agree to publish a series of letters over seven weeks in exchange for her inheritance. Kate, a modern Dubliner and junior copywriter, is bemused to discover the letters contain Seven Steps that her aunt, a self pr [...]

    8. Did you read that blurb? lovelove. First the cover (and title) snatched me and then the blurb had me hooked. I love finding books that I've heard nothing about and taking them home with me along with the promise of finding something special.This Irish chick-lit(ish) tale has small elements of magical realism and a fun vibe that's a smidgen reminiscent of Sophie Kinsella/Meg Cabot (that's the best I can think to describe the style, with it's humour and quirky protag and her family and friends, bu [...]

    9. Kate McDaid lives a seemingly normal life in Dublin. She works at an advertisement agency and like any normal twenty-six year old, she spends a lot of time with her girlfriends as they all try to tread the waters of dating in the big city. One day she receives a letter from a lawyer saying that she has inherited something from one of her ancestors. Surpsingly enough, her parents have no clue who this ancestor is and to make matters even weirder, the ancestor shares her name and lived in the 1800 [...]

    10. I was given a copy of this book as part of the Australia Day Book Giveaway Blog Hop, and it was so much fun to read. Kate McDaid discovers on her 26th birthday that her long-dead great-great-great aunt left her a legacy, with conditions on it. Seven letters have also been bequeathed to her, and she must receive one every week, and publish it the day she receives it. The letters, it turns out, are about bringing the fairies back to Ireland, and to everyone's surprise, they become a massive hit. K [...]

    11. I adored every line of this book. Ellie O'Neill is a fresh new voice and I cannot wait to read what's next from her. If she is to be compared to anyone I would Sarah Addison Allen. This is magic realism at its finest. From the lush and rich Irish history, to the possibilities of Fairies, I guarantee you will giggle at times and be mesmerized at others. Grab your tea and tuck in. You'll be reading awhile.Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for a review.

    12. Reluctantly Charmed is a light-hearted, feel good novel with Kate McDaid offering us a lesson in life – what if we just said “bugger it” and went with the flow instead of living our everyday stressed out lives! Well, Kate goes out of her way to show us exactly how she did it, even though it took her some much needing convincing in the beginning!An only child from a very long line of only children, Kate is a junior copywriter and has worked for the same advertising agency for five and a hal [...]

    13. RELUCTANTLY CHARMED is not just contemporary fiction, it has history, drama, laughter, tears, romance and a little bit of magic. The story starts off with just a tiny hint of the mayhem that is about to start “…A year ago no one had heard of me…” This opening line just begged for the question – why has everyone heard of you now? Kate has a dead-end job in an advertising company, with clients that are too hard to please so have been handed to Kate. Her love life is non-existent and her [...]

    14. What a fun read! Reluctantly Charmed was everything it promised on the front cover ‘witty, enchanting and utterly addictive.’ Ellie O’neill has produced a magical debut that is sure to charm many readers. (I couldn’t help but think the whole time I was reading it that adult readers of YA will love this one, especially if you like magical realism/Fairies.)What a wonderful character Kate McDaid was. She finds herself with a mysterious inheritance, one she won’t be able to get her hands o [...]

    15. Irish folklore, fairies and modern day Dublin come together in this brilliant, funny debut by Irish-Australian author Ellie O'Neill. Reluctantly Charmed is a story about fairies. It's also a romance. Most importantly, it is also a great deal of fun with a loveable heroine and a lot of self-depreciating humour. Kate McDaid is working in an advertising agency in Dublin and believes that her career prospects are going nowhere. She is also a little, well, concerned about her love life which seems to [...]

    16. An impressive debut from a lyrical storyteller who gives a new twist to the story of a young woman stuck on the wrong guy in a career that’s going nowhere.Copywriter Kate McDaid receives the rather disconcerting news that she’s invited to the reading of her namesake and several-times-great grandmother. The unusual bequest turns Kate’s quiet life into a circus, complete with anorak wearing zealots and old lore faeries. Will Kate embrace her new life and do as the faeries ask (for better or [...]

    17. I've learned not to trust a book by it's cover, and nowhere is this point more valid than Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill. Pitched as having the 'warmth of Monica McInerney and the charm of Bridget Jones', I'd never have picked up Reluctantly Charmed if it weren't for the invitation to join the virtual book tour being hosted by Simon and Schuster and being offered an ARC of the novel.Far from being a beach read or chick lit novel, I found Reluctantly Charmed to be a dark mystery that defini [...]

    18. Full disclosure: I received this novel as a First Reads giveaway, but that in no way affects this review.4.5 stars actuallyis debut novel is a change of pace (with few WTT trends). Kate McDaid inherits the estate of her namesake (her great-great-great aunt) with a caveat. She is to publish under her own name the Seven Steps, which are a series of poems about the existence of fairies. If she does, she will get her inheritance.From the publication of first to the last, her life is changed (into t [...]

    19. This debut novel was a delight to read. It's set in modern day Ireland with a magical twist, plenty of humor and a hint of romance. The main character discovers her own potential and is in the position to change the world. There is good character development throughout the book with characters to like and loathe. The ending wraps up the story nicely but leaves a possibility for another book. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    20. Thanks to NetGalley for the review ecopy. So I originally thought that maybe this could have been an older YA/ adult crossover novel but I was wrong. It kind of read like P.S I Love You with the Irish setting but there was just something about the character that I didn't like. Still. it wasn't a terrible book, perhaps just not for me.

    21. I absolutely love this book! For this being the author's first novel, I really enjoyed it a lot!

    22. A nice easy read with the charm of the Irish folklore. Kate has been left instructions in order to inherit from her aunt that turn her life upside down. It draws you in and leaves you with magical wonder whirling in your mind. Set in Dublin- it has the ability to transport you deep into your imagination alongside the story and able to while away hours , with a cuppa and some traditional Irish treats!

    23. Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O’Neill is a pleasant, charming read, and was the last book I needed to finish to complete my 2017 Reading Challenge. In hindsight, I set my goal pretty low, planning to read only 18 books in 2017, and the fact that I accomplished my goal within the first four months of the year is testament to the fact that most of the books I’ve read recently have been light, fun and airy. Reluctantly Charmed, in that way, was a very fitting end to my Reading Challenge, becaus [...]

    24. Reluctantly Charmed is one of the most unique novels I’ve read for a very long time. It’s fiction, combined with history and tradition and a sprinkling of magic. It’s funny, sunny and turns very serious at a point, reflecting on some of the questions humans have been asking for centuries – who or what is to be believed in? Do witches, magic and fairies exist?The story starts out quite normally – Kate is a 26 year old woman in Dublin with man problems and a job that seems to be a bit of [...]

    25. Reluctantly Charmed is certainly a charming read. Ellie O’Neill has such a fantastic writing style and I was so very addicted to; it was a fun fantasy mystery novel full of faeries, historical research and romance. Kate is such a wonderful character, fun banter with co-workers, no BS attitude and treats everybody the same no matter their status. Her parents are such amusing people also, taking the rollercoaster of fame and living each day like it’s their last. Kate McDaid is a twenty six yea [...]

    26. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.I finished Reluctantly Charmed in the midst of a wicked hangover while on a train. While I had been reading, I forgot that every bump in the ride made me want to throw up and that my head was spinning. I just concentrated on the words and when I made it to the end, I had to start it all over again. Needless to say, a book that can make me forge [...]

    27. 3.5 starsThis year I’ve read a lot more ‘magical realism’ books which I love. They are whimsical and just have this great cozy feel to them and this book was no exception.Kate is an easily likable main character. She is just a normal girl, living a normal life, with normal life expectations….e’s approachable for the reader and the target audience can easily relate to her.Her love interest, Hugh, at first seemed unlikely. I wasn’t entirely buying into their romance for some reason at [...]

    28. I enjoyed this - it was incredibly hard to put down.But I knocked a star off because I found the ending disappointing. (view spoiler)[I felt like that flip to the fairies being something sinister was really out of left field. I understand that the fairies - particularly in Irish folklore - are tricksters, and couldn't properly be called good but rather, truly neutral folk. But their actions, as laid out in the book as a whole, were never sinister. From the reunion with her childhood friend fairy [...]

    29. Kate McDaid is no one special, she's just an optimistic girl working at an advertising agency in Dublin and hoping to get her big break on the current account she is working on with good friend Matthew. On her 26th Birthday all that changese receives a registered letter, inviting her to a will reading of Kate McDaid but this will is over 130 years old. To inherit the 'estate' in the will, she must publish a letter and seven steps, each one week apart. Thinking it's not really important and no on [...]

    30. Originally posted on BookWorm.Reluctantly Charmed was a delight to read; easy and sweet, the book flowed well through the ups and downs of Kate's life.O'Neill does a fabulous job of getting Kate's character across at all times. The narrative twists and turns, lose and filled with digressions at times, which is exactly the kind of person Kate is presented as being: always a little confused by life, but happy to go along with it. The line O'Neill treads with the narrative is a thin one between cut [...]

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