Book cover of Cliff of the Ruin by Bonnie Mckernan "A magical story, wonderfully told... This is world building at its finest... Cliff of the Ruin is an exceptional book, a delightful mix of historical fiction, romance, fantasy, adventure, and mystery that everyone will enjoy." — San Francisco Book Review

"An awesome historical fantasy with complex undercurrents, spiritual depth and many surprises... The pacing is impeccable... A wonderful book." --Awesome Indies

"Cliff of the Ruin is a witty, refreshing, and delightfully entertaining story that the reader will not want to put down. This reader suggests that you buy two, one to loan and one to keep." — Affaire de Coeur

"A simple mystery spins into so much more... Cliff of the Ruin has plenty of twists and turns for fans of mystery, fantasy, and romance. Very much recommended reading."  The Midwest Book Review

"Bonnie McKernan has done her research well... A genuine findmore Game of Thrones than Dungeons and Dragons, but somehow with the old-fashioned feel of Victorianaso a touch of Sherlock Holmes too! This is definitely an interesting crossover... a well-judged page-turner." — Self-Publishing Review 

“Gripping and well-told… An entertaining and thought-provoking story, providing both lighthearted amusement and a deeper perspective on the meaning of love, faith and forgiveness.” — Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader

"A vivid historical adventure that weaves Irish myth together with a long-burning romantic build-up that keeps the reader oh-so-delightfully teased... wonderful... McKernan has a great ear for dialogue, a deft hand at pacing... and a canny sense of humor."— Compulsion Reads

"Carefully researched and steers well clear of tired stereotypes about the Emerald Isle." — Historical Novels Review

"A fantastic book" — One Book at a Time

"A beautiful tale about unexpected love and the cost of revenge." — The Bibliophilic Book Blog

"Endearing characters, an interesting period piece and a very powerful love story…  An intellectually dueling hero and heroine who would do Jane Austen proud and themes of substance and a clearly discernible cast of characters. What could be better?" — The Word Process

"Leave it in the hands of an accomplished writer and you are about to pull an all-nighter of a reading session." — The Past in Review

"So cleverly woven that I kept guessing wrong as I was reading, impatiently turning pages and gobbling up the story." — TiffyFit's Reading Corner

"McKernan blends history, mythology and adventure... entertains on a number of levels." — Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

"A mystery novel, a fairy tale and a love story rolled into one. Mystical and compelling... I could not put the book down." — Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

"A well-written historical fantasy... Its complexities will delight readers." — Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

"A romance in the best possible sense of the word. There is a bit of fantasy, mystery, love, humorthe only thing lacking was a plane ticket to Ireland! I would recommend this book to fans of Daphne DuMaurier, or to anyone who enjoys romantic adventures." — Sue. B., Librarian 

"I thoroughly enjoyed this story for not only the setting and storyline, but for the characters as well. I highly recommend it." — Celtic Lady's Reviews

"I absolutely, positively, in every way adore (Bonnie’s) writing. It’s so thoughtful, so precise, yet lacks any sense of fussiness. I am already dreading the end of the book…  can’t it go on forever?" — Rebecca Faith Editorial

"Celebrates Irish culture…  bound to entertain." — Kirkus Reviews

"This is just a great book: great story, great premise, great execution." — Abbott Press Editor


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