by Deborah MacGillivray

December 2006
ISBN: 978-0-505-52691-5
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Mass Market Paperback

Falgannon Island, modern day Scotland

The ancient curse of Falgannon Island condemns its male population to live without companionship of the female persuasion. Yet, none of the inhabitants wanted to leave their peaceful existence on Falgannon, so it was up to their “Lady of the Isle” B.A. (short for BarbaraAnne) Montgomerie to either wed a green-eyed Irishman to break the curse, or to find women willing to come to the island.

Widowed, B.A. was devastated when she lost her husband a few years back but has thrown herself, like the many generations of females in her family before her, into the role as leader of her island. Coming up with a scheme to use an internet website to advertise for women to come to Falgannon to meet the men, B.A. was thrown for a loop when the ferry arrives with not women, but three gorgeous specimens of the male gender! Vikings, the Islanders proclaim, have invaded!

Famed real estate mogul, Desmond Mershan and his two Norwegian assistants, have arrived to lay claim on the land B.A.’s deceased grandfather had used as collateral on a loan from Desmond’s late father. Wanting revenge on the Montgomeries for the damage that was done to his family because of Sean Montgomerie reneging on that deal, Desmond is blown away by the feisty B.A. and immediately sets out to woo her, much to the Island men’s glee. It seems Des fills the order of one green-eyed Irishman!

The Invasion of Falgannon Isle is novice author Deborah MacGillivray’s second outing and first in a contemporary. An interesting plotline starts to go astray and can lose the reader if concentration is not maintained at all times what with the many words per page, huge secondary cast of characters with their “titles”( ex: Michael the Story and Callum the bicycle), and the repetitive descriptions. The usage of Celtic words and phrases can also lose the average reader and might make them want to skip over or quit the book all together. I found B.A. bland and annoying, and Desmond too caught up in his revenge against the Montgomerie clan. The book would have worked better cut down by half and done as a short story. Humor wise the book rates the three rose rating, The Cat Dudley, (as he is christened by the Islanders) is really the shining star of this rather lackluster tale.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Bonnie.

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