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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (585 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Jo Putney Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781449800697
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney is acclaimed by critics and readers alike for unforgettable storytelling and arresting characters. Now she introduces a Regency England you’ve never seen before, where dazzling magic is practiced in all but the highest reaches of Society, and where desire is the most mysterious and seductive force of all.

One of the Duke of Wellington’s most respected officers, Jack Langdon, Lord Frayne, takes his family’s honor very seriously. He also hides a shameful secret: a talent for sorcery he has been raised to suppress and openly reject. But after an injury lands Jack at death’s door, his only chance at survival lies with Abigail Barton, a peer’s daughter and a skilled wizard. Her price: Jack’s hand in marriage. It isn’t long before Jack feels an irresistible attraction to his forthright new wife, whose allure is as intense as the reawakening magical abilities he can no longer deny.

Abigail had to make a great sacrifice to perform a spell powerful enough to save Lord Frayne, and although she cannot help but be drawn to her reluctant husband’s surprising sensitivity and kindness, she knows all too well his distaste for magic. Once she has Jack’s name and the child she has always longed for, she is determined to live apart from him so that he can preserve his reputation–and so that she herself can stay true to her gifts.

But neither Abby nor Jack reckons on the deep, long-simmering passions her spell ignites. They challenge each other’s extraordinary powers and deepest desires for the sake of a love that may cost them all they cherish most.

With breathtaking skill and vivid historical detail, Mary Jo Putney weaves a tale of enchantment, mystery, and romance that will forever hold you spellbound.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 2/15/2014

    " I've been reading a lot of romance lately, but my first love is still fantasy, sow hen I ran across this author who does both, I was excited. Maybe I should have started with a different book of hers, but I was remarkably unimpressed. This was not a true blending of genres, but rather a romance novel set against an ill-conceived magical backdrop. The alternative reality was unconvincing and the magic was almost unnecessary. The characters were poorly drawn. This was pretty silly. One of these days, I'm going to find some real paranormal/fantasy romance -- something that makes real use of magic without sexy vampires and still manages to be a lovely romantic story. This was not it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Hall | 2/13/2014

    " I always enjoyed her Regencies so I was excited to see this fantasy Regency with magic & wizards. The story was a little simple in the end, but that's a traditional Regency. I still found it fun and I thought the mythology was fairly well realized. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie~~ | 2/2/2014

    " Yep, really liked this one. Lots of magic to go with the love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kori | 1/30/2014

    " A bit of magic/fantasy here that I enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 1/28/2014

    " I just can't get enough of these magical romance books! I really enjoyed listening to this book, Simon Pebble (Think I spelled his name right) is just an awesome narrator. His voice captures the characters moods, man or women, and draws you into the story. I'm liking Mary Jo Putney very much. This book is about a "plain Jane" named Abby who is a wizard healer raised by her wizard father. Jack was born into a wealthy family having wizard powers but in England, magic was frowned upon and boys showing magical powers were sent to a boarding school that literally beat the use of magic right out of you. A classic story of lovers fate, Jack has a bad hunting accident breaking his leg and his neck and his friends bring him to Abby's house asking her for her healing powers to save his life. At first I thought that this whole book was going to be based upon an enchantment, the fact that Abby uses her power to not only fix Jack but force him to agree to marriage, but as you get into the book that's not the case. Anyone who digs a romantic novel filled with magic needs to check out Mary Jo Putney. Every book I've listened to has made me sigh at the end with a smile on my face....then I look at my boyfriend sleeping next to me with his mouth hanging open and a bit of drool making its way to the pillow and I think, well, we can't win them all can we? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danette Steward | 1/25/2014

    " B-O-R-I-N-G. First BAD Putney book I've read. Skip this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 1/23/2014

    " This alternate history romance fantasy had an endearing story about an unexpected marriage between a magic hating viscount and a magic wielding daughter of gentry. The pluses of this story were the bonding and self discovery that happened throughout the story. The drawback was the repeated love making scenes that didn't really add anything to the plot or the characters. While I enjoyed this book I doubt that I'll read another from this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 1/21/2014

    " a guilty pleasure, but seriously silly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 1/20/2014

    " Well written, well paced plot, interesting characters, I throughly enjoyed this romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Mason | 1/18/2014

    " "There is magic in prayers, you know, for they invoke the divine." p. 199 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Razmina | 1/18/2014

    " The writing style felt mediocre at best. The subject of the novel though, was quite interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 1/13/2014

    " Whisper of a plot. Nothing was a real obstacle, and whatever came up was quickly and easily overcome. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 1/10/2014

    " This book was cute. But in a world where magic is hated and feared by the upper classes, the author couldn't toss in a little more plot? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 12/28/2013

    " This was pretty bad as romance novels go. Really Really boring and slightly odd even as paranormal romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/25/2013

    " The ending was a little weak, but this was just a really fun read. I can always depend on Putney for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 12/22/2013

    " I LOVE this author!! Very compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dick | 12/2/2013

    " I nice story in the magician/muggle genre. Here it is the wizards and the Regency aristocracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larisa | 10/31/2013

    " Dearly wish Ashby, Ransom & Winslow would get their books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janalynn | 6/4/2013

    " I like this romance more than most because it actually had a good plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Me Lin | 3/3/2013

    " I've come to expect more from Putney's novels. Usually her plots are well thought out and detailed. I felt like this particular story didn't reflect her true story-telling abilities. Enjoyable in it's way, it was still a disappointment in light of her other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bree | 2/20/2012

    " I just couldn't buy the alternate history that the book's premise was based on - the magical world didn't seem "real" to me. Maybe I've been spoiled buy Harry Potter and Susan Carroll's series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Meyers | 2/19/2012

    " light fun helped get me over a migraine...thankful to listen to this one on tape... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 12/13/2011

    " Adding books to my list. I will have to go back and reread to write an accurate review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeri | 7/29/2011

    " Mary Jo Putney is a wonderful writer, except she doesn't write fast enough!! This joyous book is about a woman wizard and a nobleman who hates wizards. A match made in heaven! Enjoy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 5/1/2011

    " as regency romances go, I quite enjoyed this one, enjoyed the characters and the twist with magic, I like this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/27/2011

    " light fun helped get me over a migraine...thankful to listen to this one on tape... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 1/5/2011

    " Yep, really liked this one. Lots of magic to go with the love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 10/2/2010

    " I LOVE this author!! Very compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lois | 6/5/2010

    " Whisper of a plot. Nothing was a real obstacle, and whatever came up was quickly and easily overcome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MRS | 4/9/2010

    " I've come to expect more from Putney's novels. Usually her plots are well thought out and detailed. I felt like this particular story didn't reflect her true story-telling abilities. Enjoyable in it's way, it was still a disappointment in light of her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janalynn | 4/5/2010

    " I like this romance more than most because it actually had a good plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brainorgan | 4/2/2010

    " The Marriage Spell: A Novel by Mary Jo Putney (2006) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bree | 3/23/2010

    " I just couldn't buy the alternate history that the book's premise was based on - the magical world didn't seem "real" to me. Maybe I've been spoiled buy Harry Potter and Susan Carroll's series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 8/28/2009

    " a guilty pleasure, but seriously silly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 4/11/2009

    " This was pretty bad as romance novels go. Really Really boring and slightly odd even as paranormal romance. "

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About the Author
Author Mary Jo Putney

Mary Jo Putney, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author, has won numerous awards for her writing, including two Romance Writers of America RITA Awards, four consecutive Golden Leaf Awards for Best Historical Romance, and the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.