Once a Gypsy (Irish Traveller #1) by Danica WintersThrilling 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® Finalist
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.
The big fat truth about Gypsy life
News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. But this humble scene is a far cry from the four-bedroom semi-detached house where Jamie grew up, and the comfortable childhood that revolved around horse-riding lessons in the suburbs. We rarely speak and he and my mum have split up because he blames Mum for me running away with Davie. The gypsy community look after you better than people in the outside world. Growing up, Jamie went to her local comprehensive in Tonbridge, Kent, while her spare time was spent grooming horses at the nearby stables and taking part in showjumping competitions. At 16, Jamie left school after passing her GCSEs and got a job behind the bar at the Tonbridge Golf Club, where she soon met Davie, who would spend his wages from selling scrap metal on 18 holes and a few beers. It was different from working with the horses but I still liked it there.
Little is known about the gypsy way of life, since they are a very private people. All we know are strewn facts from a reality show and bits of bits of typecasts that we have picked up along the way.
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Engagements and marriages signify the extension and continuation of the family. For this reason they are accompanied by great celebrations. Marriage signifies the Gypsy couples change in positions as full and productive members of the community. All Gypsies are expected to marry. Both sexes are expected to marry someone within their tribe and most Gypsies conform by marrying someone within their group. If a Gypsy male marries a non-gypsy female, his community may eventually accept her, provided that she adopts the Gypsy way of life.
M y Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, the television series that ended last week and attracted nine million viewers, was designed to "throw an overdue light on a secretive, marginalised and little-understood segment of our society", according to the blurb from Channel 4. But the show largely avoided the myriad of problems, such as discrimination, poor health and poverty faced by Travellers, except for what felt like a tokenistic final episode, and instead focused on over-the-top wedding dresses and other excesses. MBFGW was about Gypsies and Travellers, but there was criticism from both communities that C4 failed to properly distinguish between the two. Since , Travellers have been recognised as an ethnic group and are protected under the Race Relations Act. Last week C4 was accused by the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain of fuelling "hatred and suspicion" of their way of life and have demanded a right of reply.