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Publisher's Summary

Jack Langdon has always suppressed his talent for sorcery. But his marriage to Abigail, a skilled wizard, ignites his passion and opens doorways he never imagined. The winner of two RITAs and four consecutive Golden Leaf Awards for Best Historical Romance, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney has enticed countless readers with her graceful storytelling.
©2006 Mary Jo Putney (P)2007 Recorded Books
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Critic Reviews

"Popular Putney's winning combination of well-crafted fantasy and romance will have broad appeal for readers of both genres." ( Booklist)
"Mesmerizing in its emotional breadth, stunning in its backdrop, and spellbinding in its paranormal overtones...a marvelous, fast-paced tale." ( Romantic Times)
"Putney [is] adept at atmosphere, pace, and eros." ( Baltimore Sun)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Gurmukh on 12-05-07

A Light Read

The Marriage Spell is a nice little fantasy romance that never gets too deep. It makes for a nice, light read to pass the time. The downside to that is the book has very little substance to it.

The story takes place in England in the 1800's. It's a bit of an alternative history, because in this England there is magic and magicians. Magicians are not accepted by everybody in society, and are sometimes derogatively called "wordlings"

Our male lead, Jack Langdon, has wizardly powers which have been suppressed from a young age. He is raised to hate magic and magicians, until one day he has an almost fatal hunting accident and is healed by the Abigail, a skilled magician healer. Romance ensues.

Almost without exception the adversity and challenges that the characters face are handled a little too easily and conveniently. It gets a little more interesting with the climax near the end, but only a little.

Almost all of the magic haters mentioned in this book are halfhearted bigots at best. With the exception of the headmaster, who we only see at the very beginning, they're all ridiculously easy to convince to either rethink their prejudices or to be more civil towards magicians.

Every challenging situation is handled in a remarkably straightforward manner. They figure out what's really going on (sometimes with extremely little information), they figure out how to deal with it, they do it, and it works.

Rarely does a wrench get thrown in, and even when things do go wrong they're handled with just a little too much ease. This means that theres no real adversity, and it results in only a token attempt at character development.

By the way, the lovebirds copulate like bunnies.

The narrator is very good with voices. I felt a little uncomfortable listening to an older British gentleman reading the sex scenes, but that may be just me.

Overall, this book is good for a light way to pass the time.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Korin on 08-02-07

This is a great read!

I adore fantasy novels, and I love romance, this was a wonderful blend of both. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wished that fantasy books had more romance.

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