Pocket, Apr 2001, 6.99
When their parents split, Mollie returned to America with their mother while Danny remained in Inishmore, Ireland with their father. Years pass, Danny marries but his wife Kerry dies during childbirth. Two weeks after Kerry's burial, Danny is found dead at sea. His brother-in-law, Sean O'Malley moves into the home care for his two young nieces and his newborn nephew even though legal guardianship has been awarded to Molly in California.
Molly and Kerry had become pen pals and the latter encouraged the former to accept a teaching job in Ireland so she can meet her family. Molly arrives for her brother's funeral and to help her nieces (Caili and Marni) adjust to life without their parents. As Sean and Mollie fall in love with their three charges, they begin to also fall in love with one another. However, she is big city American and he is Irishmaking a permanent relationship seem impossible, but then again there is those sad but cute little girls serving as matchmakers.
SPELLBOUND is a well written relationship drama that focuses on the need of love to help individuals and families overcome tragedies. The story line will spellbind the reader because Jeanette Baker does not trivialize the trauma that Caili and Marni face. The key to the success of this deep drama is the cast all o whom seem genuine whether they display sadness, grief, or love. This excellent tale showcases the abilities of Ms. Baker to take her audience on an emotional ride.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner