Four men, longtime friends, meet every year for a trip. Some of the trips have been wonderful, some have not, but they have all been unique. This year the four decide to go on a hunt to find a bestselling author. Nick Roberts is a ghost, never seen or heard from. They guys are seeking a chance at fame, but for journalist Steve finding Mr. Roberts could be the story of a lifetime.
Every now and then a book will touch your heart, and for me this was one of those books. The Celtic Fan is in a way two stories that intersect into one. The first story was Nick Roberts’ star-crossed lovers Bill and Claire. They were a couple very much in love, but faced opposition because of the religions they practiced. Throughout the book there are snippets of the story that was born of love and died in tragedy. The second story brings Steve and Diana. While on his search for Nick Roberts he meets the enchanting woman who changes his life.
I am going to take a moment to gush and praise Hall for such a breathtaking romance. It is unlike most of the romances I read which are usually fare that is significantly more spicy. The Celtic Fan has moments, but I prefer to call them passionate and deep. The relationships in this book weren’t something that was fleeting. I can’t describe the book as anything but beautiful.
I cannot rightly end this review without commenting on the more technical part of Hall’s writing. Hall’s words were so illustrative, I could see every tree, and hear every sound. Once I was immersed in the novel it took over my senses. The way she brought the personalities to life was stunning. I felt heartbreak for Bill and Claire, as well as elation for Steve and Diana. Her story telling was just eloquent.
If you are more into hard core erotica, this may not be for you. If you want a genuine love story that is passionate, tender, and sentimental please don’t let this beautiful story pass you by.
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It’s a number one bestseller on every list. It’s a love story for the ages. And it’s a mystery.
At least its author is. Nick Roberts has never been seen. He doesn’t do interviews. He doesn’t answer fan mail. He doesn’t do late-night talk shows, or book signings, or conferences. No one knows who he is. Everyone is looking for him; websites have been set up offering rewards for finding him.
Four old friends plan their annual road trip. It’s been a toss-up every year, with each being different (and some not so good). But this year Russ’s idea is to find Nick Roberts. With an address stolen from the accounting files of the publishing house, the four friends set out to find the elusive Roberts and make names for themselves. And as three begin to get distracted – Russ by women, Michael by liquor, and Jim by porn or who knows what – only one stays the course: Steve Riley, a journalist from Knoxville, is determined to find Roberts and land the story of the century.
Even more unsettling is the real question: If he finds Nick Roberts, will he tell?
Set in the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains, The Celtic Fan is two stories – the story of a journalist following his biggest story ever, and of a wounded soldier and the girl with whom he falls in love post-World War II. Throughout the pages, Bill and Claire’s tragic tale winds its way through Steve’s story, a story he never thought he’d get a chance to tell.
NOTE: This book contains sensual love scenes and, while only mildly explicit, they are unsuitable for readers under the age of 18. Reader discretion is advised.