Book Review: Once by: Dana Michelle Burnett


Rating: 4/5

Publish Date: March 27, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  E-book

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Beautiful. Secretive. Magical. You envy their freedom, but you are distrustful of their ways. A strange carnival has come to Corydon, Indiana and the Irish Travellers have captured the small town's attention--but it's Harmony who's attracted theirs.

Harmony sees the Travellers everywhere and just like everyone else in town she's curious. But once she meets the mysterious and captivating Kieran, Harmony's life takes an exciting and chilling turn.

Up until now, Harmony never believed that fairy tales or myths were real, but Kieran and his family belong to an ancient tribe called the Tuatha de Dannan and someone else has discovered their secret.

An ancient battle is about to begin again, and now no one is safe, especially Harmony. Can Kieran resist the urge to be with her or will his feelings put her in the crossfire?


Review: Harmony put off college to tend to her sick grandmother in the small town of Corydon, Indiana. Just before her grandmother passes, she gives Harmony a strange warning. Now Harmony’s responsible for running the family feed store by herself and there are some interesting new visitors to Corydon – the circus. Not everyone is happy about them being in town, but Harmony is drawn to one of the members, Kieran, for unknown reasons. Unfortunately, Harmony finds herself caught between two factions in an ancient war and she has some tough decisions to make…

‘Once’ is a short story, but the magical elements and raw emotions draw you in hard and fast. Ms. Burnett is able to bring the characters to life with ease and while I wish we’d learned more about Kieran’s family and their past, I enjoyed the engaging story. I was happily surprised by the ending, especially as this reads as a fairy tale. Irish Gypsies or Travellers are a source of great mystery normally and Ms. Burnett adds a very interesting twist. I do hope there is a sequel at some point!

Gypsy Fairy Tale series: Once (1)

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