Title: Bell of Eternity (Celtic Legends #2)
Author: Martina Boone
Genre: Adult Romance
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Emma Larsen’s mother may have been a best-selling romance novelist, but her own track record with relationships was a darker story. Emma has never believed in happily-ever-afters. But when her best-friend Treave proposes suddenly after her mother’s funeral, she agrees to accompany him to a wedding at his family’s island castle in Cornwall to try to see him as more than just a friend.
She falls in love with the wild, granite Cornish coast, a world rich with history, hauntings, and ancient superstitions. The failed romance of Tristan and Isolde hangs over the island and the lost abbey bell is said to ring when wishes will come true. As tragedy rocks the small community, though, it is family and courage that keep everyone together, and a handsome Scottish chef with a turbulent past and secrets he holds close is increasingly the one to whom Emma is drawn as danger swirls around them.
Caught between the two men and her own conscience, Emma begins to discover that the roots of childhood fears run deep. And sometimes, the people we think we know the best are the ones we can’t see for who they are.
I honestly thought that no book could ever make me as hungry as Lake of Destiny did, but I was proven wrong. Very wrong. This book may or may not have prompted a trip to the grocery store. Honestly, just don’t read this on an empty stomach. You’ll regret it.
My forays into the adult genre have been very few and far between, despite me technically (somehow?) being considered an adult. Something about adult novels, particularly romance, have always daunted me. Growing up, I was always exposed to them. My mom owns everything Nora Roberts has ever written. For those of you who actually know how many books Nora Roberts has put out, I’ll give you a second to let that sink in. With that said, I’ve always had a bit of a hard time getting into the genre, with my attempts always ending with me putting the book down and moving on to something else.
Martina Boone’s Celtic Legends series has been one of the first series that I’ve not only been able to get through, but absolutely loved. This series is starting to change my mind about the genre as a whole, which is basically a miracle at this point. Seriously, this series has me eyeballing my mom’s Nora Roberts books, contemplating a second chance for a few of them. I reviewed Lake of Destiny a while back, and I’m happy to report that I loved Bell of Eternity even more. There’s something about Bell of Eternity that just felt so warm and inviting, even when the events of the story were just the opposite. It’s a novel about finding yourself, finding love, and accepting possibilities that you never even considered in your wildest dreams.
I connected with Emma so deeply, even though our situations are wildly different. There was something about her situation, her feelings of “well, what now?” that resonated so deeply with me and made me feel for her. She spends so much time allowing other people tell her what she wants, and watching her finally put her foot down and figure out what she thinks is best for her own self was empowering in a way. I think that Emma is a character that so many twenty somethings can relate to and find themselves in. It didn’t take long for me to start rooting for her.
As for the romance, there’s not much I can say without gushing. There’s absolutely no question in my mind that Emma and Brando are meant to be. Their relationship was so well written, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. The romance felt natural, not forced at all. It was so great to see Brando finding love in his own story.
I give Bell of Eternity 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance.