Once a Gypsy
Author: Danica Winters
Once a Gypsy is the first title I’ve read by Danica Winters. Overall, I really enjoyed the first book of the Irish Traveller series. Because I am really interested in all things supernatural and having to do with the Celts, Druids, and the like, I’m likely to read subsequent titles in the series.
I liked the world building and the depth of the characters a lot. The author’s use of description was beautiful in many places: drew me right into the plot and kept me moving forward. The supernatural/paranormal element isn’t over-the-top, either.
I read an ARC from NetGalley, though. I will admit I put this title down a couple times and came back to it, because I had to decide if I was going to finish. There was a lot of word repetition I hope was caught in final proofing/galleys. This might be a ‘me’ thing—but it did detract from my reading experience because I felt like the same thing was being said over and over.
I liked the premise for the story, and the potential for the series is definitely there. I’d be interested in reading the next Irish Traveller title…if for nothing more than to see how things work out for Helena and Graham.
Even for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thing.
Helena has always struggled to fit in with her Irish Traveller family. It’s not just her opposition to getting married or her determination to attend university; Helena also has one talent that sets her apart from the rest of her clan—the gift of the Forshaw, the ability to see the future.
Graham is the groundskeeper at a manor in Adare, Ireland. Though the estate appears idyllic, it holds dark secrets, and despite his own supernatural gifts, Graham can’t solve Adare Manor’s problems by himself. Desperate for help, Graham seeks out a last resort: Helena, whose skills are far greater than even she knows.
When he promises to teach her to control her powers, Helena resists, afraid both of the damage her abilities might do and her increasing attraction to the handsome groundskeeper. Her entire way of life is at risk: Any involvement, especially romantic, with non-Travellers like Graham is forbidden. But Helena’s future is anything but certain, and fate has other plans for her family, her powers, and her relationship with Graham.
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Diversion Books
Series: Irish Traveller #1
Genre: Paranormal with Romance elements
Format(s): paperback (209 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley