In the idyllic village of Lissamore on the West Coast of Ireland, flirty Fleur O'Farrell has what seems to be a perfect life. She has the savoir-faire, the wardrobe, and her very own Mr. Big. But Fleur also has a big heart, which leads to big trouble.
When she meets a young girl whose love-life is a mess, Fleur finds herself proffering advice anonymously, via the internet. And there Fleur uncovers a dark side to her bright life upon which she'd really rather not turn the spotlight...
Meanwhile, Dervla Vaughn (nee Kinsella) also appears to be living the dream. However, with her husband working away more often than he's at home, life suddenly doesn't seem so rosy: especially when compared with the upwardly mobile career of Dervla's sister Río, who has access all areas on The O'Hara Affair - a movie based on the life of Scarlett O'Hara's Irish family, currently being filmed in Lissamore.
Left to take care of a mother-in-law suffering from dementia, and with her once-enviable life now a thing of shreds and patches, Dervla soldiers on, but realises that things have spiralled out of control when her thoughts begin to turn murderous...
Join The Kinsella Sisters once again, along with a host of new characters, as they prove that sometimes even the most perfect of lives can be anything but easy...
Thirteen-year-old Tess is a Switcher, able to change into any animal at will. No one knows her secret, or so she thinks. But one day a strange, scruffy boy follows her home from her Dublin bus stop. The boy’s name is Kevin, and he’s a Switcher too. Kevin convinces Tess that their powers are needed for something important: stopping the snowstorms that are rapidly advancing from the Arctic. Tess and Kevin will have to stretch their abilities to the very limit in order to save the world from frozen destruction.
Tess is a Switcher, able to change into any creature at will. She believes she has experienced everything her powers have to offer—until she meets Martin, another Switcher, who seems to have a mysterious power over the Dublin rats. Martin has found a use for his gift that Tess could never have imagined. It is dangerous and terrifying, but also exciting, and Tess can’t resist the temptation to explore Martin’s dark and thrilling world. Will she find the strength to resist, or will she be pulled permanently into darkness?
The year is 1720, and Jack, a London blacksmith’s apprentice, is fleeing the punishment of his master. Now a runaway, Jack’s wanderings take him to the Thames River, where he plucks a curious little pot out of the water. Hoping that his find will prove valuable, Jack discovers that it belongs to a practitioner of the forbidden art of alchemy. The alchemist agrees to take Jack on as an apprentice and teach him his secret craft, which will lead not to shelter or security, but to something far more wonderful and perilous. Jack’s quest will take him to unexpected places where he’ll learn that there’s more to alchemy than he bargained for. But will learning the secrets of making gold come at too great a cost?
Tess can morph into any creature, including ones thought to be imaginary. Within days, she will turn fifteen and lose her power, remaining locked into a single shape. But what shape should she choose? As she tries to decide, Tess travels to her uncle Maurice’s farm in County Clare. She’s distracted from her weighty decision by the feeling that there’s something strange about the woods near the farm. Why is Uncle Maurice so eager to sell the land? And what does the secret in the woods have to do with Tess’s choice? Her journey will take her to places she never could have imagined as she approaches once and for all her final Switch.
Everyone in Rilka’s village knows about the beguilers: the golden-eyed, wailing creatures that come out after dark and lure people to their doom. Rilka astonishes her fellow villagers when she reveals that her Great Intention—her first act as an adult—is to capture a beguiler. During her dangerous quest to the cloud mountain, the rumored lair of the beguilers, Rilka discovers truths about the beguilers—and herself—that will change her life and her village forever.
Michael Duggan feels lost. After the death of his younger sister in a riding accident, his parents have relocated their family and their horse-dealing business to Scotland. Days and nights are taken up with caring for the horses and ponies, showing them to buyers, and competing in shows. School is a blur—Michael has no friends and no clear sense of who he is. He feels completely alone in the world, until he meets Annie, a girl who, like him, seems to want to flee from something; a girl who has dark secrets of her own. Michael desperately wants to be with Annie. But she lives on the opposite side of the treacherous Annan Water . . .