Sunday, September 2, 2018

#BookReview – ‘The Wild Mountain Thyme’ by Kathryn Scarborough


There’s a serial killer murdering Irish-American tourists all over Ireland. Jim O’Flannery of the Boston Globe and Megan Kennedy of the Irish Times, are teamed up to report on the killings. They want to work together, but stay clear of each other emotionally; there was A LOT of trouble with the opposite sex in the past. But, Jim’s guardian angel appears, as a leprechaun, to pester and cajole Jim into getting involved with Megan. Jim can see Seamus, Megan can’t.
Jim and Megan trail the murderer to the west coast of Ireland, piecing together his motivation and where he may strike next. 
An attempt is made on their lives, and only Jim’s quick wits saves the two. Megan disappears. Has the killer kidnapped her? Can Jim, with Seamus’s help, save her from mortal danger?


Jim O’Flannery is an American reporter on assignment in Ireland to investigate a serial killer who is murdering Irish-American tourists. Jim, himself, is of Irish descent, and he teams up with a fellow reporter to write the story. Even though Jim and Megan Kennedy are extremely attracted to one another and often thought about how wonderful the other was, neither of them wanted a relationship and was ready to give up on love. Jim’s guardian angel, however, who just happens to take the form of a leprechaun, has other plans.
Seamus (the angel/leprechaun) is hilarious and heartwarming, and my favorite character.
The villain is definitely wicked, but I felt sorry for him. His pain and trauma, and his reaction to that, was very realistic.
The descriptions of Ireland, both the city of Dublin, the coastal town, and the countryside with the abbey was detailed and beautiful.
Though I enjoyed the parts with Seamus, Heaven, and the other angels, I usually don’t read stories with an inspirational subplot. Since religious beliefs played a large role, there was only mild cursing and no sex before marriage (the sex scenes faded to black). After reading several books lately with lots of sex and dirty talking, it was nice to read something sweet like this.
As for the style, the story is told in third person and in multiple POVs that often shifted to secondary characters.
If you like clean romances with a fun overtone, give this story a try.
5 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Kathryn Scarborough, for sending me an ebook copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.

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