Winner of the gold medal for Best Romance/Fantasy, 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards.
American doctor Tara Moore wants to disappear. On the run from an abusive husband, she seeks shelter on a windswept Irish island and dismisses the villagers’ speculation that she is descended from a selkie–a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, she struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O’Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.
The Seal Island Trilogy
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It was still dark when Tara slipped out of the cottage. A thick fog slid over the ground, dripping over the cliffs like fish spilling out of a net. The ocean surged and retreated, playing its quiet song far below. Closing the door with a soft click behind her, Tara’s heart ached as her fingers brushed the brass doorknob for the last time.
It was one thing to put her own life in danger. But she would not risk others getting wrapped up in her twisted past. She’d chosen this island to disappear off the radar. To take a short snatch of time to save up money and map out a six month plan. She hadn’t counted on strange legends of people descended from seals, of ghosts haunting the island, of roses forcing their way in through her windows at night.
She hadn’t counted on meeting a man like Dominic O’Sullivan. Or the desperate longing he would stir in her from one kiss.
She picked her way down the rocky path to the village, the mists curling up like snakes, coiling around her wrists. It would be best for all of them if she left. Best for Dominic. Best for Kelsey. Best for that strange woman who appeared to her on the beach with that terrible warning.
He is coming.
She shoved her clammy palms into her pockets, shuddering at the memory. If there was any truth to the legend at all, if what she had seen that night was anything more than a brief loss of sanity, then Philip was coming for her. He could be tracking her right now, to this very island.
Stealing through the sleepy streets of the village, she diverted her eyes from the pub, and the father and daughter sleeping just upstairs. Picking a place like this had been a mistake. It was exactly the kind of place Philip would choose for her. Because if he tracked her to this island, there’d be nowhere for her to run.
Jiggling the keys in her pocket—boat keys she had swiped off Donal Riley last night when he was too drunk to notice—she quickened her pace. What was she thinking fixing Caitlin’s hand? Easing Brennan’s arthritis? Curing Sarah Dooley’s cough? It was only a matter of time before people started to talk, before word spread of the black-haired, green-eyed American healer living on the island.
And now, with the islanders speculating that she was a witch? She trailed a finger over a jagged stone wall, dripping with moss. She could still smell the roses, even down here. Their scent clinging to the mist, saturating the wet, salty air. Where had they come from if no one on the island had planted them? Why were they growing so tall and fast up the walls of her cottage? And why was she the only one immune to their curious side effects?
She took one last look over her shoulder, at the silvery cottage bathed in the moonlight, then she turned her back on it for good. It didn’t matter where the flowers had come from. Or what would happen to them when she left. All that mattered was that she left, before anyone could ask where she was going, before anyone could try to stop her.
She spied the gently bobbing workboats, praying she remembered which one was Donal’s and, slipping the keys from her pocket, she froze as a child’s scream pierced the night.
Author: Sophie Moss
Sophie Moss is an award-winning author of four full-length romance novels. Her stories are featured consistently on Amazon Kindle Bestseller Lists. Known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings, her books have appeared twice in USA Today. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont and she is a long-standing member of Romance Writers of America. Sophie currently lives in San Diego, California, where she is writing her next novel. When she’s not writing, she’s walking the beach, volunteering at the local Humane Society, or working in her garden. Visit Sophie at her website at http://www.sophiemossauthor.com.