Title: Devil’s Mountain
Author: Bernadette Walsh
Series: Devlin’s Legacy
Format: eBook via PDF – Adobe
Rating: 4 Stars
**Copy provided by author in exchange for honest review**
Short Recap (courtesy of goodreads.com) ~ You will hate Him for all that he’s taken, but you will love Him. God help you, you will love Him.
Mary Devlin accepted her fate years ago, to serve Slanaitheoir, the mountain spirit who saved her ancestors from the Irish Famine. The hauntingly beautiful woman submitted to His every caress, His every humiliation, but He’s gone too far by threatening her family.
Mary’s daughter-in-law is now an unwitting pawn in the fickle spirit’s game. Mary must challenge her fate and that of all future Devlin women, but Slanaitheoir is the most powerful being in the land. And when part of her still yearns for His touch and love, how can she fight him and win?
This is the first in the series and I was excited that Bernadette allowed me to read this one before reading the next novel. Once the reader gets used to the format, where it jumps between first person of Mary and first-person for Caroline, it becomes an easy read.
The reader is drawn into a modern and yet not so modern world, where past mistakes and the present collide.
Caroline finds herself in a precarious situation where after a lengthy time of trying to conceive, she goes to Ireland in order to relax and reconnect with her family’s past, and her roots; Despite the warnings of her mother and her mother’s family.
The reader is automatically drawn into a world where you seem almost punished for your family’s previous choices, and for their past. I began to feel for Caroline very early on how she struggled with trying to conceive and her desire for her own family and finding her own way.
Bernadette does touch on the subject that gave me pause, she brought up 9/11. The way she weaved it into the story was delicate, and definitely paid tribute to those who lost their lives on that day. She keeps the readers attention and the fact that there were survivors, and that there were children who were left behind. When he comes to the topic of 9/11, Bernadette used a gentle hand, in guiding the reader through what was not the easiest thing to read. She let the reader see Caroline’s other side and experience, even if only momentarily, the pain, anguish and hopelessness, that the widows of 9/11 must have felt.
The imagery that Ms. Walsh portrays and the eroticism in which her characters come alive is definitely unique and one that throughout the novel the reader is drawn and deeper into this world of magic, and of history. With Ireland as it’s background and the mysteries of the old world, her readers can picture themselves walking in the same meadows, along the same rivers, into the forest better described in this novel. I began to feel for the characters as they dealt with what they considered “insanity” and strong emotions. “Devils Mountain” is not a long read but it is definitely a fascinating one, as the first and then this series it keeps a reader’s attention and draws you into the world but in Ms. Walsh has created, it also leaves you wanting for more at the end of the novel.