the first novel in the Magic Trilogy, was published at the end of 1987.
Philip Hawksbury, the Earl of Rothermere, obeying his
father's dying wish, hies himself to Scotland to offer for one of the daughters
of Alexander Kilbracken, the Earl of Ruthven.
Frances Kilbracken, informed of the earl's arrival and his
mission, disguises herself as a bespectacled dowd so she won’t be the one
selected by the young earl. But choose her he does, and for all the wrong
The newly married couple return to England, together but not
at all happy. Philip dumps Frances at Desborough Hall, his ancestral estate,
and heads back to his old life in London. Ah, but Desborough has a stud farm
and racing stable, and Frances is magic with horses.
When the earl returns to his home, driven by guilt, he
discovers the woman he married has grossly deceived him. What follows is a
battle of the sexes that will have you chuckling, maybe even howling with
Let me know what you think of this first of the Magic
novels—it’s one of my own favorites.
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