Lake of Destiny: A Celtic Legends Novel
A magical romance about men in kilts, destiny, family, and healing and the sometimes twisted path to love from the award-winning author of Compulsion.
“Delightful, charming, and heart-warming.”
Helping her aunt organize a Beltane Festival in a picturesque Highland village seems like the perfect escape from Anna’s second broken engagement and the meltdown that wrecked her legal career. But to succeed, she’ll need to wrangle kilt-wearing villagers, dangerous sheep, a disaster of a dog, and the reclusive laird who refuses to open his property to the public for the ancient tradition of “Sighting.”
For centuries, Loch Fàil in Balwhither has been known to locals as a “thin” place, one where the veil between worlds peels back on Beltane morning to reveal the face of a person’s one true love. The tradition could draw tourists by the busload, but that’s exactly what Connal MacGregor fears will expose the secrets he’s desperate to keep hidden.
While Anna struggles to mediate between the needs of the village and Connal’s need to protect his identity and his daughter, she finds herself falling in love with all of them: Connal and his child, the magical glen, the villagers. But day by day, opening herself to love exposes deeper scars from Anna’s childhood, and confronting those wounds could finally set her free–or endanger her every chance of happiness.
Martina Boone is a phenomenal writer and Compulsion has been the first book in a while that when I was through reading it….I was literally IN AWE…I wanted more…I wanted more of the amazing characters, the setting, and the mystery.
This book is 110% my favourite book of 2014, hands down. I can’t remember enjoying a book this much or being as involved as I was with this story and the characters it held.
Compulsion was amazing. The thought and plot development in this book is incredible. Martina Boone is above all else, a story teller.
The writing in this book is AMAZING. Like AMAZING . . . A beautifully crafted masterpiece.
If I were to sum up Compulsion in one word, it would be like this: Brilliant. . . . The prose is almost dreamy, sometimes, completely immersing you in the story and I, for one, loved Miss Boone’s writing enough to finish reading the book in one sitting.
Charmingly romantic and eerily creepy, and yep, I can come up with many more superlatives because it was just that fantastic . . . It is written so beautifully and descriptively that it was easy to imagine myself at Watson’s Landing Plantation, from the heavy humid air to the sweet smell of the magnolias.
The storytelling was masterful, and the characters were drawn with an easy grace and style that just even made my admiration beat out my jealousy of Boone’s skill.
This book touches on just how consuming a small town can be, and even more so for the towns that have magic lighting the rivers on fire and shadows lurking behind every corner. If you love anything remotely suspenseful, romantic, with just a dash of madness, this book is most definitely for you.
By the time the book was finished, I realized it dealt with TONS of themes. Death, life, loss, loneliness, adventure, betrayal, discovery, and of course, love. It’s not often that a book can nail all of the above . . . Martina Boone is a rockstar gothic YA storyteller.
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ISBN 978-1-946773-03-6 (hardcover)