Thursday, January 24, 2008
The Invasion of Falgannon Isle
by Deborah MacGillivray
213 SINGLE SCOTSMEN
There was something about the Brigadoon-like Falgannon, something that kept most of its male inhabitants unwed. From Michael the Story to Callum the Bicycle--and we mustn't forget The Cat Dudley, the slyest poker-playing moggie in the Outer Hebrides--every male of the Isle had happiness dependent upon that of its Lady. So things had been since Pictish times, and so they would be long after the present day.
Despite her machinations, to this point B.A. Montgomerie had been unable to make her men happy. Her first marriage had been against their advice; her husband had been an Irishman, true, but he had failed to meet other necessary requirements...and things had ended badly. Now, another Irishman had come--and was making the natives restless. Yes, the men of Falgannon could sense Desmond Mershan's conquering Viking spirit and his desire for B.A.--which B.A. could sense herself. And while her men would never let anything happen that she didn't want, this Irishman had come to pillage and loot, and nothing was going to stop him. Staring into his vibrant green eyes, B.A. anticipated the battles to come.
What a fun book! Deborah MacGillivray is a "new-to-me" author and has wowed me right off the bat. The Invasion of Falgannon Isle (Book One in The Sisters of Colford Hall series) is chock full of colorful, unique characters peopling an amazing island and taking part in a fun, interesting and complex story.
When Desmond Mershan and his friends Dennis and Wulf show up at Falgannon Isle, it's as though they've found Brigadoon--but a Brigadoon with internet access and only four women (and two don't count!).
BarbaraAnne (B.A. for short) Montgomerie has to wed a black-haired man with green eyes to cancel the curse of Falgannon Isle. She's a young widow, having married a black-haired man with blue eyes already (not quite the right eye color to override the curse), and isn't quite ready to jump into another marriage, despite the need to find wives for the 213 single Scotsmen who live on the Isle. So, instead, she sets up an exclusive Falgannon Dating Website and brings prospective brides to the island.
Desmond, though, the viking...er...pirate is up to something. And he needs to take full advantage of B.A. to achieve his goals. He sets forth to pillage the woman at every opportunity!
Add in The Cat Dudley, a pet that isn't B.A.'s (just ask her, she'll tell you), a few larger than life secondary characters like Michael the Story, Callum the Bicycle and Michael the Fiddle, a pub called The Hanged Man, and the "Morn B.A." club and you're in for a rollicking good time. This is a story you'll want to put on your keeper shelf and visit again and again, because sure as shooting, you'll miss something the first (and second and third) time through that will make it new all over again!
Put a smile on your face and add The Invasion of Falgannon Isle to your collection.
Rated: FIVE BOOKS
Review by Poppy
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