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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ciaran Donnelley and Caitlin O’Connell are back a year after Ciaran woke up from his entombment and the pair are in Ireland to visit the archaeological dig and try to get some of Ciaran’s memory back as part of his recovery from the amnesia he is using as a cover story, however, nothing is how it used to be and Ciaran is feeling homesick, even though he is home. As they drive through the countryside, Caitlin is suggesting places to visit to try and jog his memory, but all she is really doing is annoying Ciaran who just wants to deal with his feelings and how the changes he is seeing that happened between the fifth and twentieth centuries have altered the country.

After a couple of hours driving and awkward silences, Ciaran asks if they can go to Dublin and see the last monk they have on display there, although he can’t tell Caitlin that it is his brother Aodhan as yet, he says that it will help him when he gets to the dig, she reluctantly agrees, even though it is hours out of their way. Once they get to the museum and they go and see Aodhan, they also run into a couple of colleagues of Caitlin’s who she introduces to Ciaran, he asks if they can take a closer look at he exhibit before they leave and his request is granted, but mainly only because of Catlin’s presence there. The face that Ciaran cannot spend as much time as he wanted there, frustrates him and the drive to the dig site is silent and full of tension and this lasts until they get to the rooms which have been prepared for them in the B&B where everyone is staying.

The awkwardness only lasts until the next day when Ciaran has been out for a walk in the local countryside to clear his head and look for the sacred grove the priesthood used to use for their worship and rituals, however, he instead finds some young children who live in the area who tell him about a find of their brothers, which turns out to be his dead wife’s ring. Ciaran is determined to find her and suggests looking in the lake to the dig team and the professor leading it, however, all does not go to plan and more mishaps and a mystery serial killer moving into the area lead to his carefully crafted secret is revealed, but will Ciaran be able to free his brother from his endless sleep and stop the serial killer the only way he knows how to and will he be able to find the fabled Book of Carraig in order for this to happen? This is a paranormal adventure which will keep you on the edge of you seat throughout and the twists and turns will keep you guessing what happens until right at the end.

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Michelle Collier

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Epic! This series has got me sitting on the edge of my seat. Andrea Matthews has created the most amazing story that paints vivid pictures. The story picks up right where the first book left off. I guess you could read without reading the first book but why would you because it was so good. Ciaran and Caitlin are going to be working together on dig, but can he continue to keep her in the dark? What will happen when the truth comes out?

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Lorralei Hoerner

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyable book! This is book 2 in the series and I would highly recommend reading the first book before diving into book 2. The story picks up about a year later….and the story between Ciaran and Caitlin. There are secrets and Ciaran is trying to remember his past and also has to come to terms of being truthful to Caitlin as Ciaran and Caitlin return to Ireland. Mystery, secrets, romance all wrapped into a good book.

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Stephanie Nicole

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews was just as incredible as the first in this series. Ms. Matthews really knows how to draw people in with her amazing characters, her intense plot, and her incredible attention to details. Filled with secrets, truth, and an intense hunt to find the one book that could answer it all. Full of twists and turns, action, and so much more to keep us flipping the pages. I personally couldn’t put it down, but will our beloved characters find what they need before it’s too late? You’ll have to read The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews for yourself to find out.

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Desiree Ottinger

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a wonderful second book to this series! I was glad that it picked up fairly soon after the first one and didn’t pace too far forward in time. The flashbacks continued to provide keen insight and backstory for Ciaran’s past–and added his brother Aodhan to the plot! I have to admit, I was happy that he got to have his twin join him in his excursions in the modern world!

There were some big twists that I didn’t see coming in this book, too. Andrea Matthews does an incredible job describing Ireland and its landscape, giving me another reason to enjoy the book. I look forward to seeing how she continues the story in the next installment!

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an enjoyable and engaging historical romance with a twist, and the exciting storyline had me hooked from page one. I would recommend reading ‘The Cross of Ciaran Book 1’ first as this novel continues the story of archaeologist Caitlin O’Connell, and fifth-century Celt Ciarán Donnelly who finds himself in the twentieth-century. Having returned to his childhood home in Ireland, it is not how he remembers it and his relationship with Caitlin is also under stress as he is still keeping a major secret from her. As Ciarán is actually the Celt that mysteriously disappeared from museum the previous year. Ciarán is keen to try and wake his brother, Aodhán up from the same centuries long sleep that Ciarán was in, and free him from the Dublin museum.

When it’s discovered that a series killer is on the loose and that Ciarán is the only one who can stop him, he desperately needs to find the Book of Carraig which holds the answer. However, he risks revealing his secret and puts his life in danger. I felt completely immersed in the storyline which flows well and the intriguing plot kept me happily turning the pages well into the night. This is a wonderfully written and heartwarming story, which is full of historical details. These and the descriptive narrative bring both the characters, the setting and the eras to life.

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Jana Lewis

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! Great follow-up to The Cross of Ciaran and just as adventurous. I love the twists and turns that run throughout, and the continuation of the relationship by Ciaran and Caitlin as they visit Ireland. There is a great balance of heartache, new love, and danger with some great historical flashbacks. Who knew an archaeologist’s life could be so exciting! We meet new characters, all of which have their own personality and lend a lot to the story. I am sorry to see the series end but look forward to reading more books by Ms. Matthews!

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) by Andrea Matthews – Review by Shelly Kittell

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews

What a wonderful second book in the series. The continuation of the story of Cieran keeps you just as enthralled as the first. This installment has truths, lies, secrets, etc. intertwined into the story. It is so exciting and so mysterious. The mystery will carry you through the book. The wonderful characters and descriptions of the the beautiful country of Ireland will amaze you. Such a good investment. So worth the purchase. Highly recommend. I could tell you more but you truly have to read this book to experience it.

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The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews – Review by Erica Shoebridge

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second book in the Cross of Ciaran series does not disappoint. We are back to the 1960s, following Ciarán as he attempts to piece together the events that occurred at the time of his death. He longs to set Aisling free from her watery grave, and pay his lost love the respect that she deserves. He is also determined to find a way to wake up his brother Aodhán, who languishes in a museum, but appears to be as intact as Ciarán. His hometown bears little resemblance to how it looked in the 5th Century, but he eventually gets his bearings.

I got a little tired of all the deception with his identity, and was eager for him to fess up and admit who he really is. How long can a man covered in tattoos hide them? I wanted to hear more from Caitlin, who seemed to be less heard-from in this Book 2. However, the book was expertly written, just as Book 1, and it was easy to fall back into the story and enjoy Ciarán’s adventures. Definitely worth the read.

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The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran Book 2) By Andrea Matthews – Review By Jules Herbert

The Book of Carraig (The Cross of Ciaran #2)The Book of Carraig by Andrea Matthews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Book of Carraig is the second book in this AMAZING series by author Andrea Matthews and it is just as fantastic as the first book. Yet again I couldn’t put it down and had that feeling where I wanted to hurry up and read it to see what was going to happen but at the same time didn’t want it to end. Sleep is overrated right?? I do HIGHLY recommend reading the first book, The Cross of Ciaran before reading this, not only because it’s amazing but also as it picks up Ciaran and Caitlin a year later when he returns to Ireland. Of course it is a very different Ireland now.

As I mentioned before this book is as fantastic as the first and continues with more romance, magic, drama and mystery just like the first. I really don’t want to give too much away. I personally can’t wait for the third book. I am totally hooked.

Ms Matthews you write with so much heart! You and your writing definitely have a place in mine.

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