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Thrilling and romantic, Once a Gypsy starts a brand new series from award-winning author Danica Winters.“A haunting and fresh voice in paranormal romance. Be prepared for Danica Winters to ensnare you in her dark and seductive world.”―Cecy Robson, author of the Weird Girls series and 2016 Double-Nominated RITA® FinalistEven for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thiThrilling and romantic, Once a Gypsy starts a brand new series from award-winning author Danica Winters.“A haunting and fresh voice in paranormal romance. Be prepared for Danica Winters to ensnare you in her dark and seductive world.”―Cecy Robson, author of the Weird Girls series and 2016 Double-Nominated RITA® FinalistEven for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thing.Helena has always struggled to fit in with her Irish Traveller family. It’s not just her opposition to getting married or her determination to attend university; Helena also has one talent that sets her apart from the rest of her clan―the gift of the Forshaw, the ability to see the future.Graham is the groundskeeper at a manor in Adare, Ireland. Though the estate appears idyllic, it holds dark secrets, and despite his own supernatural gifts, Graham can’t solve Adare Manor’s problems by himself. Desperate for help, Graham seeks out a last resort: Helena, whose skills are far greater than even she knows.When he promises to teach her to control her powers, Helena resists, afraid both of the damage her abilities might do and her increasing attraction to the handsome groundskeeper. Her entire way of life is at risk: Any involvement, especially romantic, with non-Travellers like Graham is forbidden. But Helena’s future is anything but certain, and fate has other plans for her family, her powers, and her relationship with Graham....

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Once a Gypsy Reviews

  • Marta Cox
    2019-02-09 19:08

    I confess that I've read the authors previous series about Nymphs which managed to combine suspense with paranormal romance albeit with a light touch so when I was offered a chance to read this I thought why not? The author has written a story involving the Irish Travelling community but with a nod to their perceived powers of foresight . A fair old chunk of this book is devoted to showing the reader the lifestyle of Travellers. If like myself you've ever watched My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding with wide eyed fascination then you will already be somewhat acquainted with their opinions on Gorgers (non Gypsy) and their occasionally strained relations with the Law and settled communities. Distrust and prejudice are unfortunately all too real on both sides and the author does a very good job of making Helena and her family feel vibrant and real. I particularly liked that the author has clearly researched their culture and language and brings it all into play in this story .This is clearly the first in a new series and not a stand alone novel and unfortunately does suffer because of that. Helena has gifts that she is trying to understand whilst at the same time is being pulled by her family commitments and her obligations . It's a way of life that is hard to leave and yet Helena struggles to get an education but a chance meeting with Graham ( love interest) is perhaps far more orchestrated than she realises. The romantic elements felt forced to this reader but the mystery surrounding those at the Manor was intriguing although there's a certain character I frankly do not trust and have serious doubts about . Add in the awful home life Helena is subjected to and honestly I'm unsure where this series is going. I'm not sure this is what most expect from paranormal romance so perhaps the author intends it for a younger audience . I did like the central character Helena but I am undecided if I will continue this series but will check out the synopsis on the next book carefully and then decide .I was gifted a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Three and a half from me

  • Beth
    2019-01-29 16:24

    Once a Gypsy immerses the reader into the travelling culture with a dollop of clairvoyance on the side.Helena is a powerful clairvoyant who is afraid of her powers. Her mom is a drunk. Her dad (da) is getting released from prison when her life is suddenly altered by an intentional meeting orchestrated by Graham Kelly.Graham Kelly is a country man (gorger/not gypsy) and he needs Helena’s Da and her help at Adare Manor. There are strange occurrences at the manor as well as an attraction between Graham and Helena which cause all kinds of trouble. Namely Helena having to decide between Graham and her family.Lots of page time is details on the culture of a traveler’s life. I give my kudos to the Winters for her obvious research and devotion to bring this lifestyle to life in the story but it was that time taken to bring those details to the forefront that lost my attachment to the story. I received this ARC copy of Once a Gypsy from Diversion Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication November 1, 2016.My Rating: 3 StarsWritten by: Danica WintersSeries: The Irish Traveller Series (Book 1)Paperback: 290 pagesPublisher: Diversion Publishing (November 1, 2016)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1682303071ISBN-13: 978-1682303078Genre: Paranormal RomanceItunes: & Noble: for:

  • Carrie Mansfield
    2019-02-16 16:22

    Received as an e-ARC through NetGalley for review consideration.For a book billed as "paranormal romance," I kind of feel like this was both lacking on the paranormal and on the romance.Oh, the paranormal is there, but in some ways it seems like an after thought. It's there at the very beginning, and then disappears for large chunks of the book, until well over the half-way point, and then it just kind of pops its heads up sporadically. This certainly isn't a deal killer for me, but this book is definitely a bit more grounded in reality (not quite magical realism, but a lot closer to it than most fantasy) so if you really want the paranormal in your PNR you may want to look elsewhere for it.The bigger problem is, I don't think this book is all that romantic. My comment at 37% in was "I don't think I've ever been so depressed by a romance novel before." Helena's life isn't a happy one. For as much as she swears to love the Traveller life-style, she is absolutely stifled by it. She wants to continue her education in a society that places zero value on a woman's knowledge. She doesn't want to be married in a group that considers her an old maid for being all of 20 and not yet being settled down. Her mom is a drunk and a consistent emotional abuser. It's pretty damn grim and even in the scenes where Winters tries to portray her as loving being a Travller, there's always some undercurrent of unhappiness there that I never buy it, nor her reluctance to leave, especially after (view spoiler)[her mom engages her to another Traveller to pay off family debts (hide spoiler)].As for Graham? I never buy his love for Helena because he enters her life 100% under a ruse: he wants to use her magic to help his family. Period. Supposedly he falls for her, but it always comes back around to the end game, and how the family needs his help. I just have trouble buying that he really does love her for her and wonder if his feelings aren't him trying to escape what seems to be at least a somewhat unhappy life either.There's nothing in the interactions between the characters that makes me think that they'd ever end up together if the lot hadn't deemed it so, and that's a problem for a romance.Finally, I have a few other little gripes: after being pro-education all book long, (view spoiler)[she tosses it away because her magic was somehow weakened while taking the exam and fuck schooling, magic yay! (hide spoiler)] which is a rather hard message to get behind, and I personally find it odd to name a series "once a gypsy" given how offensive that word is to the Traveller culture. It's not like it's even one of those "let's reclaim the term" things, more like "hey, you know that Travellers are gypsy, right?" kind of deal. Just seems odd.I give this book some points because I did want to finish which I haven't been in the mood to do much lately, and the story was interesting enough. I just think I might have liked it more had it not been billed as PNR. I honestly wonder if it didn't get that label for wont of a better category to place it in.

  • Kate's Corner
    2019-02-01 20:10

    Short & sweet. Interesting premise with some good moments. We have a likeable heroine who is a traveller but wants more out of life then just marriage and being a baby factory. She wants to learn. While picking up her Da from prison she has two encounters that will change her life. She is prophesied to have the foreshaw and Graham Kelly a country man or gorger how the travellers call them talks to her. Those two things change her life. Graham Kelly needs the gypsies help more specifically Helena’s Da and Helena herself which is good cause her Mam is a right drunken cow. They start working at Adare Manor and the strange things start to happen. There is a mystery to the place where the paranormal and the veil are at its thinnest. Not only are there things to overcome in the manor but between Graham and Helena and they do not have it easy. Helena has to choose between the fam and the traditional ways or what her heart wants to do. There are good moments in the book and it is a solid start to an interesting new series. So far this is my first book by this author and I’m not sure if I’d read anything else. On a side note I’ve seen a documentary about travellers and it is an entire subculture until itself. They are such a tight knit community and they stick to very old ways. Review can also be found @ received by Diversion books in exchange for an honest review

  • Meigan
    2019-02-22 22:01

    2.5 stars. Review to come. *eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Dash fan
    2019-02-20 21:01

    Having watched so many traveller television documentaries I can see that Danica has put alot of thought and research into Once a Gypsy.Helena's lifestyle is very much the typical lifestyle of a traveller.However you can see she wants more She is longing to learn and escape the everyday reality. Although Helena appears to love her traveller lifestyle you can see something is missing. She wants to attend university and learn new things.Helena doesn't have any easy life, her Mum is a drunk and abuses her emotionally and her Dad is due to be released from prison Helena is a psychic and is just discovering her powers. She is somewhat shy and nervous of her new found ability.She meets Graham who unlike Helena is not a traveller but a Gorger  (non traveller).He persuades Helena and her Da to come work for him at Adare Manor.Graham and Helena soon develop feelings for each other, which is frowned upon in the travelling community. Graham is aware of Helena's powers and he tries to get her to use then for he's own gain.It seems to me that Graham is just using Helena and he's feelings are not entirely true.Which is heart breaking to see as Helena lacks real self confidence due to her mother constant put downs. The last thing she needs is another knock back.I hope Graham stays true to hes feelings as I would hate to see him use Helena as she trusts him even though she knows it will go against all she believes in and potentially could lead to her family shunning her.I enjoyed reading Once a Gypsy and can't wait to read the second book.I'm guessing by the title the next book will be about Helena's new exciting journey.My only criticism would be there wasn't much paranormal aspects I would of loved more.I did however love learning about the Travelling community and their beliefs and culture.I'm looking forward to seeing how Helena grows as a character, towards the end you can sense her strength is growing and she is becoming more confident and assertive in what she wants.I do recommend reading this book as it has a good story line, some romance and a little paranormal undercurrent. I do believe the best it yet to come! I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for a honest and fair review via NetGalley.

  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2019-02-16 14:56

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.ONCE A GYPSY was an interesting paranormal romance read that suffered from a little too much going on. The setting and characters were fun, and the writing was good, but there were just a few too many bad guys.I really liked Helena, the heroine of ONCE A GYPSY. She had a strong backbone and was willing to stand up for what she felt was right. Unfortunately, her opinion of right was sometimes colored by her family and their traditions. I loved watching her relationship develop with Graham, and even though he was kind of a jerk at the beginning of the book, I came to really like his character. He was just trying to do what was best for his family as well.One complaint I have is that the portrayal of the Travellers made the culture feel a little flat. There was a lot of focus on the family, and Helena was frequently justifying actions by saying she was doing it for her family. It seemed there could have been other aspects of the culture that could have been pulled in. Of course, I don't have experience with this culture so I can't say for certain how accurately it was portrayed.My other complaint was the pure amount of villains in this book. It seemed whenever Helena and Graham turned a corner there was a new bad guy to contend with - Helena's mom, Graham's step-dad, the mysterious possible murderer, evil spirits, and the list goes on. It seemed like overkill. Any one of those people or things could have been a good impediment to the relationship between Helena and Graham, but we had all of them, at once!The first book in the Irish Traveller series, ONCE A GYPSY held my attention with the sweet romance at the core, but ultimately had too many distracting elements. I am curious to see where the series goes, and I will definitely pick up book two, because I enjoyed the characterization and am hoping the next book is a little more focused.Sexual content: Kissing, brief sex scenes

  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-01-29 18:01

    I’ve been a bit disinterested with new books lately and seeking new authors and diving more into my original paranormal love. So when I saw this book I had to jump on it because it seemed a completely new spin on urban fantasy. The concept? Yeah, it’s very interesting! The execution of this book? Not so much.I admit that my knowledge of the Traveller culture is as limited as what’s seen on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, but I thought it seemed the author did a good job at portraying that as far as what I can see. The culture and the setting play a big role in this story, while the paranormal element and even the romance I feel take a back seat. Although I enjoyed the first two, I wanted more paranormal and a better development of the romantic interest.Our heroine in this book is just coming into her powers which were unknown to her and her life is changing the path that she thought she would follow. While at first I was drawn in and interested, I think the pacing and the way things unfolded let some of that steam out. I hope this might be just the first book syndrome and that we see more of the development of where the series needs to go.

  • Kathy Martin
    2019-02-19 18:54

    This contemporary fantasy is set in Ireland. The main character Helena is a Traveller but is having trouble fitting in because the things she wants aren't things Traveller girls shoudl want. She doesn't want to marry and she wants to attend university. When she discovers that she also has the gift of Forshaw and can see the future, things don't get easier for her. Helena meets Graham who wants to use her gifts to help his younger brother. They are attracted to each other but Helena knows that nothing can come of their relationship or she will be forced to leave her family. Her older sister made that choice and Helena can see that she isn't happy. Graham does manage to convince Helena to use her gifts despite her reluctance. She also lacks self-confidence largely due to her mother's habit of always putting her down. Helena wants to be helpful and also wants to find her own place in the world. Even more than a fantasy, this story was a exploration of a young woman looking for her place and the world and deciding what she is willing to give up to have it. It is the first book in a new series and there are lots of dangling plot threads that will probably be addressed in later episodes.

  • Tanya Davis
    2019-02-11 14:08

    Once a Gypsy takes us into a different area of the paranormal. I haven't read much about "Travellers". This setting was new to me. I knew that gypsy's had many different beliefs and basically a pretty bare bones lifestyle. I don't want to say "rough" life, because for them it is all they knew and they likely did not consider it rough.Helena is different. She has dreams and aspirations that take her out of the Travellers world. She wants to go to school and become something different. Especially get away from some of the trials she faces at home. Her father gets offered a job, but it is on the condition that Helena attend with him.This is where Helena meets Graham. He seems like a sweet guy who is showering her with attention, but you can tell something is up and he's hiding something. His feelings all felt real for Helena, until we get a glimpse of just what the whole story going on at the manor is. A lot of secrets are discovered in the old mansion that Graham has been desperately trying to hide. He is stuck in a hard place with his father and their secret, as well as feelings he is starting to have for Helena.Once A Gypsy has both Graham and Helena who are dealing with their own personal demons, come together to combat the mansion's issues. The story of the mansion was unique. Helena's life definitely needed to be changed so I think even with the initial trials of the mansion, the new relationship with Graham and the opportunity to get away from her mother outweigh the trials. The lifestyle brings many questions and concerns in Helena's life and it feels as if she is forever going to be dealing with other people's prejudices, beliefs and problems.Once a Gypsy was an interesting read with some good drama. I didn't feel completely pulled in or engrossed in the story, but it had a good base with a couple of surprises. It will be interesting to see how this turns into a series. The first books always seem to have a lot of world building in them which is probably why I didn't get a deep connection to the story. The Travellers world is definitely different and I am anxious to see how much the Traveller's lifestyle affects the rest of the books.This review was originally posted on Rantings of a Reading Addict

  • Cassandra
    2019-01-25 14:04

    My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!!!***I choose what I read and review based on what intrigues me!! Yes, I got a review copy of this book, but no one tells me what to think, feel, or write about any book!This is the first book in the series. This is an interesting read because I’ve never read a book about gypsies and Forshaw before. This book took quite a while to develop, and as it sometimes happens, it was a little slow at times to build the world and characters. I do not think this could be avoided. It didn’t have as much action as I like, but I enjoyed reading it. Helena is an interesting woman stuck between the world she knows and what she wants. She doesn’t want to be a possession, and she thinks she is worth more. I love her fighting spirit and caring heart. Graham is like Helena, and they connect. There is foresight, magic, murder, spirit, and more. I think this series will get better and better.Anyone who enjoys Irish folklore, spirits, and magic will enjoy reading this book! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

  • No Apology Book Reviews
    2019-01-26 22:20

    I would like to thank Danica Winters and Diversion Books for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.Helena O’Driscoll wants more out of life than marriage to a “good enough” Traveler boy and the subsequent brood of children. She longs to break free of tradition and do something she’s passionate about—pursue an education, forge a career…fall in love with kind, awkward Graham Kelly. But Graham is a gorger, and being with him would mean being shunned from her family. The last thing she wants is to never see her loved ones again…but would staying, complying, be worth forfeiting her ambitions, her dreams, and her happiness?I really liked this book. I was lost in the beginning simply because, in large part, I’m not familiar with Irish culture, let alone Traveler culture. The slang terms went over my head—thank you, Google—but the attitudes of the Travelers are, sadly, not unique to them. There are closed-minded podunk communities everywhere. That much I understand.The story itself sucked me right in, almost convinced me to stay up all night reading it (I would have if I hadn’t had to work the next day). The plot was compelling, the characters sympathetic, and the pace steady. However. This book has something of an identity crisis. Not major, and some might completely disagree, but I’ve been thinking and thinking and can’t decide if this is more romance or women’s fiction. I’m leaning toward women’s fiction for two reasons; first, because it seemed more about Helena’s journey and her decisions than it did about her relationship with Graham. I don’t feel we got to know Graham very well. I believe there were brief moments from his point of view, and they skimmed the parts of his background that were strictly relevant to the plot, but I don’t feel that I got to know him on a deep, personal level, which is a bummer, because I really liked him. No, this was Helena’s story, and she told it well. She and I are kindred spirits. I know what it’s like to feel like the outcast in your own family, your own society, because you want to break tradition. She had an impossible decision to make—stay with her family or pursue her own unconventional dreams—and it didn’t work out perfectly, but a happy medium was achieved. Second, the romance itself wasn’t very convincing. Graham seemed to fall in love with her upon first seeing her and that was that for him. Thankfully Helena wasn’t so certain.There’s also a strong paranormal/fantasy subplot, but it remains a strong—fascinating—subplot. I’m not even going to try to explain it, but it was pretty cool.Loose ends abound, but since it’s a continuing series—and I think it will continue to focus on Helena and Graham’s budding relationship—the ends are left loose for a reason. I can’t wait for the sequel next summer. I really want to know what happens

  • Julie Barrett
    2019-02-03 15:54

    Once a Gypsy by Danica WintersInteresting story and the legends that the book follows. I usually only read contemporary romance and as this is a bit out my normal genre I found it refreshing for a change.Learning about being blessed the ability of psychic makes you think.Some of the slang words take a bit to get used to but after a while it's common. Helena is there to pick up her father when the old man that comes out of the prison approaches her. She finally realizes it is him after the phrase he tells her.She is so devastated and she's a traveler. Love details and how it's written to make you feel like you can see what the author is seeing in her eyes. So picturesque. Love learning new words and about different new places to me.She's not sure she wants to work at the estate but while their father was in prison their mother borrowed a lot of money from others who'd be calling to collect any day... Graham has made it possible to hire the both of them, her father will do handyman chores and she will prepare the house for the onslaught of guests that are to arrive soon.Helena can see the future and some scenes take her by surprise....she can't wait to take her exams and go to the university.Graham has to divulge the secret he's been hiding from her-he's not sure she's ready to hear it...Love herbs and cures some have and learning about them. Enjoyed this book so much I can't wait for the next one.I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review

  • Stacy
    2019-02-01 14:24

    ONCE A GYPSY was nothing like I thought it was going to be. That isn't bad, but it was not the book I thought I was going to read which is kinda funny considering I just re-read the blurb and it describes the book exactly. I don't know why I thought it was going to be different.Although I really enjoyed the characters in ONCE A GYPSY I felt that they got lost in the story. There was a lot to get through and a lot going on at once which made it hard to focus on the characters themselves. The good thing is that we get a lot of information about Helena's family and their Traveller lifestyle. Since the book is ONCE A GYPSY it was good to get a feel for everything that Helena is considering leaving behind.The romance between Helena and Graham was cute, but I didn't totally feel the romance for a lot of the book. Helena has a lot to work out within herself before she will let herself be with Graham, but she gets there. Graham was always pretty strong in his want for Helena, but there is the need he has for her powers behind everything he does. I just wish there was more sparks between the two throughout the book.I got through ONCE A GYPSY and had no problem keeping my attention in the book, but it didn't really leave me with a yearning to read more of Helena's story. We will see how I feel when book two comes out.* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Bambi Unbridled
    2019-01-31 21:08

    This one is not holding my attention. DNF at 10%.

  • Fiona Jallings
    2019-02-09 14:09

    I met the author, Danica Winters at the local sci-fi/fantasy convention, Miscon. She was really friendly, and by the end, knew me by name, and we spent some time chatting. She was delighted that I already knew what MetaData was. At the end of one of her panels, she gave me a copy of this book and signed it, and asked to me to review it. So, I will.It’s a romance about a teenager feeling trapped in the Romani culture she grew up in. She wants to go to college, have financial independence, and her family wants her to settle down and have kids, so they arrange a marriage for her while she’s trying to take the exams that will allow her to go to college. On top of that, she’s starting to come in to her psychic powers, and people are looking to exploit her abilities.If you like forbidden love romance, with a healthy helping of hate-to-love tropes, then this book will scratch that itch. It’s obviously written to a strict formula, one that is designed to deliver the same story beats at the same times for people looking for a comfortable, familiar story. If you don’t like this formula, then you will find this book extremely boring.One thing that Ms. Winters was feeling a lot of anxiety about was if her book had a racist depiction of the Romani peoples in Ireland. And, I can’t really answer that question, since I didn’t grow up as part of that culture. I can say that she didn’t rely on media stereotypes that I’ve seen, but I can’t tell you how accurate the depiction of the culture is. One thing I noticed is that she wove in a lot of words from their language, and did it in a way that built the atmosphere and taught the reader the words at the same time. I'm a linguist who edits a LOT of people’s writings that try to introduce non-narrative languages into their stories, and she thankfully did this well. But, I can’t tell you if the words were actually used correctly, because I have no expertise in this area, as I imagine that most readers won’t have. In a genre so dominated by white women falling for exotic men, this is a refreshing reversal of that trope. As a book – the prose was competent, and it wasn’t anything special. I can't point to any passage that stuck out for dazzling prose - the prose communicates what's happening to the main character, and it doesn't try to do anything new or interesting, other than using the Romani language.Now, some problems that I had with this book.The main character is completely passive. She doesn't do anything of her own accord; she does what she's told. Even her clairvoyance isn't related to her actions. It just happens to her, without her control. I kept hoping that her superpower would give her power, give her agency... but no. It's just another disturbing thing happening to her. This undermines what is supposed to be the hate-to-love trope, because she has no control over who she marries. It's all decided for her by the men/adults in her life. If she actually had control over who she married, then her falling in love with the guy would be empowering, but because she has no power in her situation, then it's just another dis-empowering thing that she suffers. Also, since the guy is her boss.... lots of creepy-icky-ewwwww.I kept seeing a way that this could be a better story. What if, instead of being taken to the mansion by her father to earn money, she ran away from home, took a job in the mansion's kitchens to earn money to buy the exam books she needs, then starts to discover her powers and fall in love with a guy she's working with (not her boss! There's too much of a power imbalance between them, it makes it very hard to not see him as a predator). Then, the whole story is based in her own agency, her own actions, not what the plot is doing to her. Also, I'd give her more power over her superpower, make it relate to her actions. Think "The Little Mermaid" versus "Cinderella". "The Little Mermaid" is more compelling because Ariel is an agent in her own story, while stuff just happens to Cinderella.I am definitely not the intended audience. Normally, I wouldn’t read a Harlequin romance, but the author asked me to, so I did. Harlequin holds its authors to a very strict formula, and I think that ultimately it's the formula itself that I don't like. But, Ms. Winters did manage to subvert the genre by casting the main lead as a Romani woman and having the story be through her eyes, not just yet another white woman. But, the formula still holds the story back, making the protagonist into a helpless flower carried by the current.

  • Sapphyria
    2019-02-10 22:09

    Helena is a gypsy traveller in Ireland. She lives with her family; a drunken mother, protective father, and several siblings. Helena doesn't accept the typical role of a female gypsy - arranged marriage, gypsy lifestyle. She's been studying hard to take the entrance exam to university even through the opposition and obstacles her mother throws her way. When Helena realizes that her paranormal ability is being able to see into the future, she tries to keep it hidden. There are a couple people who know that she has the ability, though, and she finds herself sought after by a non-traveller.Graham spends his time maintaining the grounds at an Ireland manor. The manor houses secrets that intertwine with Graham's life and his abilities aren't strong enough to fix the problems. He seeks out Helena for help, as her abilities are much stronger than his. Unaware just how strong her abilities are and uncomfortable with lot she's been cast, she initially declines Graham's offer to help her hone her skills. She soon changes her mind, especially when she learns he's offering her a paid position, which will help her family. There was definitely a connection between Graham and Helena during their first meeting. Any type of romance is forbidden since Travellers are supposed to marry within the clan. This doesn't stop Graham from trying to get in Helena's good graces. He wants to nurture her abilities and encourage her desire to attend university. Helena is definitely unsure about a relationship with Graham but she can't help the feels he invokes in her. Can she be her clan's means to knowing the future and love a "gorger?"Helena's character grew so much in Once a Gypsy. She was mousy and shy at the beginning and obviously scared of her new abilities. By the end, Helena was more assertive and, while still being respectful, was able to stand for herself in ways that she wasn't able to do before. Graham is a strong character and he had a lot at stake in the novel. Helena was his final chance at dealing with the issues at the manor. His character is very kind, caring, and understanding.Once a Gypsy is the first book in a brand new series by spectacular author, Danica Winters. I've been a faithful reader of her novels since The Nymph's Labyrinth came out in 2012. Her stories are imaginative and well written. Each book has a strong plot, excellent characters, superb character development, and world building that is smooth and constructive. Once a Gypsy is an engaging novel with likable characters. The descriptions are vivid and the reader will be able to visualize Ireland as it is in the novel. There are some tense moments that will have the reader feeling the same things that Helena feels; frustration, anger, and unfairness. When her life is planned out for her in the exact opposite way from what she wants you feel her anger and displeasure just as if it were you. The chemistry and budding relationship between Helena and Graham are realistic and believable. The paranormal elements are light and refined as opposed to totally engulfing the entire novel. The abilities that Helena and Graham have are important but so is the interaction between the characters. I found Once a Gypsy to be an entertaining and enjoyable read.I voluntarily reviewed an author-provided copy of this book.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-16 14:16

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Once a Gypsy is a paranormal fantasy romance and is the first book in the Irish Traveller series by Danica Winters. I loved that Once a Gypsy was set in Ireland. It was a beautiful backdrop for a really interesting book. I think the Irish Traveller series is going to be a good one. I can't wait to continue it with the next installment. There were a lot of unanswered questions with Once a Gypsy and a lot of plot lines that still need to be addressed and finished, but overall it was a very strong start to the series.Once a Gypsy follows Helena and Graham, each of whom have their own special gifts. Even though Helena was initially reluctant, I was very happy that Graham was able to convince her to help him because when their paths intersected the journey got really interesting. There are so many mysteries packed into Once a Gypsy, and not all of them are neatly wrapped up and concluded by the end of this book. It was just enough to whet your appetite and leave you thirsty for more.Helena starts out as a little shy. As her powers develop and she learns more about them and about herself her confidence does grow, but I am hoping there is even more character growth and development on her end in the next book. I want her to blossom even more. I really like her but she needs to believe in herself more. Graham does a good job helping her in that regard.Another interesting aspect of the story is the Traveller or Gypsy lifestyle. This is a big theme in the book. How can Helena compromise on her family traditions, or does she even want to? I loved all the background and details Danica Winters worked into the story about just what the lifestyle of a traveller means, because I only had a vague sense of the culture when I started the book.I want to see more development for Helena in the next book and more romance. I am a little undecided on the romance in Once a Gypsy. There was enough other aspects of the story to keep me entertained but I would like to feel the romance more in the second book. (I'm not sure that makes total sense.) Overall, I liked the atmosphere and setting of Once a Gypsy, as well as the mysteries. I liked the characters but there is room for growth and improvement there. I am very interested in seeing where this series goes next. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    2019-02-23 20:11

    I've been a bit disinterested with new books lately and seeking new authors and diving more into my original paranormal love. So when I saw this book I had to jump on it because it seemed a completely new spin on urban fantasy. The concept? Yeah, it's very interesting! The execution of this book? Not so much.I admit that my knowledge of the Traveller culture is as limited as what's seen on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, but I thought it seemed the author did a good job at portraying that as far as what I can see. The culture and the setting play a big role in this story, while the paranormal element and even the romance I feel take a back seat. Although I enjoyed the first two, I wanted more paranormal and a better development of the romantic interest.Our heroine in this book is just coming into her powers which were unknown to her and her life is changing the path that she thought she would follow. While at first I was drawn in and interested, I think the pacing and the way things unfolded let some of that steam out. I hope this might be just the first book syndrome and that we see more of the development of where the series needs to go.*ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Francesca❤ ♡ Don't want to miss any of our posts? Subscribe to our blog by email! ♡ ❤

  • amyextradot
    2019-02-18 18:05

    I think I kept forgetting that this was a "supernatural romance" so it shouldn't have been surprising that the two characters from different worlds (hey, cliche much?) fell in love almost immediately. From what I know of Pavee culture, the book portrayed that accurately, and the addition of the Forshaw was culturally appropriate, I just felt like there was a lack of "world building" and everything just happened too quickly for me to truly appreciate the story. I don't think I'll read the next book--from what I can tell Helena and what's his face fight the whole time--damn you culture clashes!!!--and I just don't feel like it. Easy and quick read to pass the time, but I didn't get super invested in the characters.

  • Linda Romer
    2019-02-07 18:02

    Once a Gypsy: The Irish Traveller Series - Book One by Danica Winters I loved this book! A very entertaining read. A bit of magic, a bit of mystery, a bit of murder and a bit of love. This book has it all. I loved the characters. Helena and her family have great personalities and Graham is a dreamboat, so sweet and chivalrous. I loved the Gypsy theme, very intriguing. I also loved Adare Manor, a very ominous place with lots of secrets. The Author lures you in with just the right amount of mystery to grab your attention and keep you interested. I'm looking forward to reading book two of The Irish Traveller Series.I give Once a Gypsy 5 stars for its mysterious and magical read.I would recommend this book to everyone.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-18 18:03

    Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters is the first book in the Irish Traveller series. Helena, the main character is an Irish traveller, a gypsy who unlike the rest of her family has the ability to see the future. Ireland was the perfect setting for this story which has mystery and a little romance. Helena meets Graham who works at Adare Manor, the place where she will use her powers to try to help Graham and his family. I liked the characters and the Irish setting. I am looking forward to reading more about what will happen next with these characters. I voluntarily reveiwed an advanced copy of this book.

  • Alice Boni
    2019-02-11 13:54

    Once A Gypsy is the first book in a paranormal trilogy by Danica Winters. I really liked it. It is based on the traveling life of a gypsy ,they stick together and are forbidden to get involved with non Gypsies. But Helena is different. She doen't want to marry --she wants to go to university. When handsome, Graham, the groundskeeper of Adare manor needs her help, she follows him back to the manor. Helen has the gift of seeing the future and a powerful healing touch. Sparks fly between them as they try to unravel the mysterys that surround the manor and it's strange inhabitants. It is exciting to watch the story unfold. Can't wait to read the second and third books in this triogy.

  • Maria
    2019-02-01 19:21

    Helena is a modern gypsy, torn between the traditions of her family and her desire for freedom. Gypsy women marry young and belong t0 their husbands. Dreaming of finishing her education she and her father start working for the mysterious Graham.Why I started this book: I wasn't feeling tired last night, and so I selected this ebook from the many that I have in my TBR pile.Why I finished it: The story itself wasn't that impressive, but I was fascinating by the glimpse into a modern gypsy family...

  • Mary Bronson
    2019-02-23 20:09

    I thought this was a great book. I really enjoyed reading it. I thought the plot and characters were well written. I never read anything about the gypsy or traveller's life. I have seen some on t.v, but never in book form. I like the idea of the main character have supernatural powers of for seeing the future. I can not wait to read the next book.

  • Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
    2019-01-24 20:24

    ***I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review, which was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels.I’m always on the lookout for new fantasy series (especially contemporary fantasy series) to latch onto, and going by the blurb on Danica Winters’ Once a Gypsy, book 1 in the all-new Irish Traveller series, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it promised a girl with awe-inspiring mystical powers, a possibly shady but also possibly swoon-worthy guy, and a rich cultural background I knew very little about, and a touch of mystery. So I was looking forward to giving it a read.Unfortunately, I didn’t like it quite as much as I expected to, and I’ll tell you why in a moment. But first, I’d like to talk about the areas in which Once a Gypsy totally delivered, at least as far as I was concerned.First was in the main character, Helena, who is a young woman from an Irish Traveller (gypsy) group called the Pavee. As it turns out, she has some pretty fearsome powers, which she only starts to come into in the first half of this novel. She’s basically been holding her family together, despite the cruelty of her alcoholic mother and the resentment of her teenage sister, while her father has been in jail. When he father gets out, she hopes his presence will help mend the fractured family she’s been living with for the past few years. Meanwhile, she is rebelling against the norms of her people, who would’ve seen her married and popping out babies years ago, given she’s the ripe old age of 20. She’s working to take the test to qualify as having earned the equivalent of (from my understanding) a secondary education, and she hopes to go to university to make something of her life as herself, not as a daughter, sister, wife, or mother.When all is said and done, Helena is an admirable character I can get behind. And I guess this only helped to fuel my disappointment in the story, which didn’t quite seem to do her justice.For one thing, I found the world-building a bit chaotic and confusing. I wasn’t all that clear on how the magic, mythos, or gifted abilities worked, and this was something that persisted from beginning to end. There was a lot of vagueness and “you’ll learn this eventually” without any real clarity, which was a little frustrating given the presence of teacher-like characters. As a result, I found myself questioning some of the basic premises of the book, and the questions that occupied me did so in such a way as to keep me from fully immersing myself in the reading of it.Another issue I had was that I felt like certain key plot points were altogether too convenient, and other developments in character and story were a little too abruptly arrived at to make me really believe in what I was reading.Finally, my third issue was that I entered this book excited to learn more about Irish gypsy culture and mythology, but I wound up being disappointed in this endeavor as I got the impression that the story leaned in such a way as to imply that the Traveller culture was outdated and needed to be put aside so one could follow one’s heart and passion. More than that, it implied a kind of systematized abuse and misogyny that just left me feeling sad and angry, and I was hoping to learn more than that. Now, I don’t know if that’s really what it’s like, but if it isn’t, I would hate to have someone impressionable read this and think that it was.I suppose part of my frustration with Once a Gypsy is that I saw so much potential in the bare bones of the idea and the characters, only to find myself disappointed in the way the story unfolded. I of course realize that much of the disappointment is my own fault and the things that bothered me touched on my own biases and issues. But I guess I’ll have to leave my review of this book with a score of two stars simply because my hopes for this read did not quite connect with the real experience of it.

  • Sharon Tyler
    2019-02-12 19:03

    Once a Gypsy is the first book in the Irish Traveller series by Danica Winters and is currently scheduled for release on November 1 2016. Even for a clairvoyant, the future is never a sure thing. Helena has always struggled to fit in with her Irish Traveller family. It’s not just her opposition to getting married or her determination to attend university; Helena also has one talent that sets her apart from the rest of her clan, the gift of the Forshaw, the ability to see the future. Graham is the groundskeeper at a manor in Adare, Ireland. Though the estate appears idyllic, it holds dark secrets, and despite his own supernatural gifts, Graham can’t solve Adare Manor’s problems by himself. Desperate for help, Graham seeks out a last resort: Helena, whose skills are far greater than even she knows. When he promises to teach her to control her powers, Helena resists, afraid both of the damage her abilities might do and her increasing attraction to the handsome groundskeeper. Her entire way of life is at risk: Any involvement, especially romantic, with non-Travellers like Graham is forbidden. But Helena’s future is anything but certain, and fate has other plans for her family, her powers, and her relationship with Graham.Once a Gypsy is a contemporary fiction book with a touch of romance and more than a hint of fantasy or paranormal. Helena is a strong woman, raised as a Traveller and proud of her heritage but not blind to its faults. In fact, she wants to break tradition enough to forestall marriage and go to school, which is unheard of. When her fathers is released from prison and they are both offered jobs at Graham's estate she is suspicious and cautious, which is a good idea because there is far more going on than she could know. Graham is a good guy at heart, but trying to keep the necessary secrets while helping his family. The attraction between the two is a complication for them both, and distracts them from the trouble that is surrounding them. There are a good number of twists and turns, many of which I saw coming, and lots of room for whatever comes next. I did feel that while Helena started as a strong woman, there were a few too many times where I felt like she let doubts or someone else make her decisions for her. I could understand that on occasion, but by the end of the book it was what I remembered most about her, which did not make me like her as much as I had initially.Once a Gypsy is a decent start to a series, but it did not wow me. I thought the characters and cultures had the groundwork laid well for future installments, but some of the paranormal aspects and personal connections between characters did not completely reel me in.

  • Barb Lie
    2019-02-05 18:10

    Once a Gypsy by Danica Winters is the 1st book in her new Irish Traveller series. Helena, our heroine, is a traveller (gypsy) and we meet her immediately, as she goes to meet her father, who is being released from prison. It is there she sees Graham, our hero, but she doesn’t pay too much attention to him, and leaves with her father to go home to their camp. Helena has been studying for her exams, as she wants to be able to better herself. She loves her father & siblings very much, but her mother is an abusive alcoholic, making life difficult for her living in the strict world of the Gypsy life. In dire need to pay off debts, her father accepts a job, which includes Helena, at Adare Manor.Unbeknownst to them, Graham has initiated the job offer, as he knows Helena has the Forshaw (see the future), and possibly other powers, which will help his family, who are sick and possessed. When Helena starts work at the manor, she begins to see visions, which she then realizes that she can see the future. Graham explains to Helena the situation with his mother and brother, and others at the mansion. Helena wants to help, but it will be Graham who will help her try to learn how to use her powers to help those who are ill.At first, Helena isn’t sure of what she can do, until she meets a gypsy woman who has the same powers, and will help her harness her gift. Though he admits he used her to come help them, Graham tells her he is falling in love with her. However, Helena knows her family will not accept her getting involved with a Gorger (non gypsy). What follows is an interesting tale of life in the restrictive gypsy world, and those that are affected by demons and magic. I liked Helena a lot, and enjoyed her and Graham together, as they made a nice couple; but in this first book there was no true romance, even if they both know they are in love with each other. Helena learning how to use her powers, and finally making decisions not to allow her mother to cruelly define her life was good. I did not like the mother, and felt this part of the story with Helena and the other children having to deal with her was depressing. I also thought the story dragged at times, with some redundancy. I know in first books of a fantasy/paranormal story there is a lot of world building, which has a lot of details. I just felt there were too many downers, and not enough good moments. I will check out the next book in this series to see if it picks up the romance and excitement to another level.BarbThe Reading Cafe

  • Gaele
    2019-02-17 16:00

    Settings for stories often come with an implied atmosphere, and none sets the stage for the unexplained as well as Ireland. With a rich history and flexible influences from legend and druid lore, to add legends of the Travellers (gypsies) enriches the story wonderfully. Helena is an Irish Traveller, burdened with the desire to ‘be more’ than her culture accepts, she’s struggling to keep the family together while her father is imprisoned for beating her sister’s now husband, a non-gypsy. With a mother deep in drink, a recalcitrant and mouthy teen sister and a lovely little brother to care for, she’s anxious for her father’s return, hoping for normalcy. On his release, Helena’s father is offered a position as handyman at Adare Manor, with one caveat, Helena must join him. Through the story, we meet Graham, the stepson of the owner, and his attraction for Helena is apparent. Bit by bit, the manor’s need for Helena and her newly discovered powers of fortelling and healing are revealed. An amplifier for things spiritual, the manor also concealed a codex: a handcrafted version of the bible with extra books from Solomon as well as several passages of questionable, or even black magic. The influences of the codex and the price paid for the use of the magic have brought Graham to desperation. His need for Helena to master her gifts and help those afflicted are foremost in his mind. While I applaud Winters’ storytelling, and the character of Helena was wonderful – full of desires and wishes that alternately tempted and scared her witless, there wasn’t a consistent influx of the secondary story (Graham and the ‘infirmary’), nor was Graham’s attraction developed enough for me to believe in his feelings beyond a ‘need’ for Helena. Intriguing, with plenty of input from Irish and Traveller lore, the story was more relevant for me as a story of Helena’s journey. Her struggles with the expectations, her desire for schooling and the ability to rely on herself, not a man, and her own growth. An interesting and solidly presented first in the series, more suited to readers looking for a bit of fantasy in a contemporary story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. This review was originally posted on I am, Indeed

  • Kym Grime
    2019-02-06 21:55

    I was so excited to see another paranormal romance novel from author Danica Winters. I enjoyed the Nymph’s Curse collection and was excited to yet again indulge my love for a good paranormal romance novel. I would like to thank Danica Winters for allowing me to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.Winter’s newest book, Once A Gypsy, is a tale of nomadic people, Irish Travellers, and the social conflict and controversies they experience, like prejudice and discrimination, lack of education due to constantly moving or deemed unimportance, early marriage and brawling. This last one is what gets Helena’s “Da” (or dad as we commonly say) locked up in prison after his other daughter betrayed their ways and fell for a gorger (or country man). While Helena’s da was locked up in prison, she had to care for two siblings and a lush of a mam (or mother). She is excited that the day her da would be released from prison has finally arrived. While waiting for him to be released, she encounters an old crone Traveller woman that seems to know her and her da and proceeds to tell Helena that she is special and then prophesizes good things coming, as well as plenty of madness. Helena shrugs her off, just as a handsome, albeit country man, catches her gaze as he leaves the prison doors, where she anxiously awaits her father’s release. He strikes up a conversation and instantly gets off on the wrong foot, after calling her a gypo, so she dismisses him with an assertive, “Shag off.”Helena’s journey takes her through the ups and downs of self-discovery, loyalty to kin and her ethnic group, duty and responsibility, and the traditions of marriage in her culture. She must decide whether to follow her heart or her head, which proves difficult, despite having the power to see what the outcome could be.Winters ability to paint the scenes and describe some of the paranormal activity about auras, energy, and healing, made the willing suspension of disbelief come easily. A fast read, with a good amount of tension and suspense, will keep you reading this novel into the wee hours of the night.