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Bewitching | [Jill Barnett]

Bewitching

What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms. Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always easy for her to control. When Alec's pride makes him choose to marry her, Joy turns the life of the most serious and snobbish duke in England upside down.
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Publisher's Summary

What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms.

Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always easy for her to control. When Alec's pride makes him choose to marry her, Joy turns the life of the most serious and snobbish duke in England upside down.

Too soon Alec finds his well ordered and controlled life a mess, because he married a witch - one who turns him to fire when he kisses her, who charms everyone around her, and threatens to destroy both their lives as scandal looms over her.

Too late, Joy discovers she's desperately in love and not even the strongest magic can seem to turn her into a proper duchess, or make her husband love her. Passion holds them spellbound in an irresistiblely funny and tender tale of two opposite but lonely hearts.

©1993 Jill Barnett (P)2013 Bell Bridge Books

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    Marian BOZEMAN, MT, United States 03-14-13
    Marian BOZEMAN, MT, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2007

    Oldies Lover

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    "One Of My Old Favorites Now in Audiobook Form"

    I read this story several times years ago and I'm so pleased that it's now in audiobook form.

    It's a lovely and fanciful tale of a bumbling witch who falls in love with an unlovable hero. There is so much to laugh at and also a few tears. It's well worth entering this magical world.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Noreen WINONA, TX, United States 02-25-13
    Noreen WINONA, TX, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this cute story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Really enjoyed the plot and the humor; thought it was a really sweet love story.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Nashville, TN, United States 05-05-14
    Maria Nashville, TN, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great narration for the most entertaining story!"
    Where does Bewitching rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20 and I have read thousands of books, but listening to this one was a rare pleasure.


    What other book might you compare Bewitching to and why?

    I'm not sure I can compare Bewitching to any other book at this time. I just know I laughed out loud every few minutes while listening to this book and had people looking at me as though I was ready for the funny farm! The humor in this book was wonderful. Anne Johnstonbrown is the perfect narrator for this type of book. I can only hope she does the next of Jill Barnestt's books- Dreaming.


    What does Anne Johnstonbrown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    While I both listened and read along with much of the book, Anne Johnstonbrown brought the story alive with the expression she put in the text. I could actually see in my min'd eye the Duke's reactions to Joyous (Joy). I could never have read the book in the same manner and found it so entertaining. Great job, Ms. Johnstonbrown!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh, my goodness!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much that I was extremely unhappy when I looked for her next book, Dreaming, and saw it was not offered. I don't know if it is in audiobooks or if Audible.com just hasn't acquired it, but I plan to find out. These books are worth the money and some!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Hamilton, Bermuda 06-28-13
    Phyllis Hamilton, Bermuda 06-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Here is a great one!"
    Where does Bewitching rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Out of all the historical romances I have read and there are a huge number this is right up there as one of my favorits.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all of the characters were charming, funny, and well developed.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Johnstonbrown – was your favorite?

    Anne did a fabulous job with all the characters and this is the first time in a long time when a narrator has done a good job with all the character's voices.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like reading historical romances I highly recommend this book. There was humour, sadness, love, twists and turns, beautiful love scenes and the narrator read it all beautifully.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Ethel, WA, United States 02-24-13
    Michelle Ethel, WA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Light listen"

    Not a real deep polt, but cute. Laughed outloud a few times and enjyed the story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Skipper 08-30-14
    Skipper 08-30-14

    Skipper

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    "Over-articulated, but bearable."

    I would have enjoyed this enchanting, heartwarming, and occasionally funny paranormal regency romance much more if I'd read it, because the narrator gradually wore me down with her über-articulation. Every syllable sits up straight — even the ones that should be more relaxed — every t is ttttotttally sharp, every d is dddistinct. She pronounced the word ducal wrong every single time -- at least a dozen. "Doo-call" she said. The doo-call crest. Gahh. And she totally mispronounced livery! Hello?

    What a shame, because this narrator has a voice I could listen to for hours on end with pleasure. Mellifluous. Expressive. Authentic portrayal of various emotions. Male voices are credible.

    But the overly stressed pronunciation distracted me from the story.

    An amusing yet poignant story, if predictable and redundant. I thought the heroine was stupid at times, but I liked her interaction with Stephan. Wish he'd shown up earlier.

    Lots of explicit sex. Lots of roses.

    Nothing to sneeze at. ;-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie HAMPTON, VA, United States 05-15-14
    Marie HAMPTON, VA, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A funny witch story."
    If you could sum up Bewitching in three words, what would they be?

    Different, Loving, Funny.


    What other book might you compare Bewitching to and why?

    I can't think of one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The story of an imperfect witch.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an old favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Indian Wells, CA, United States 02-24-13
    Joyce Indian Wells, CA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wrong category-fantasy or paranoma genre"
    What would have made Bewitching better?

    Did not finish-not a historical romance -bumbling heroines irritating !


    Has Bewitching turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not true historical!


    Have you listened to any of Anne Johnstonbrown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Miss original audible before Amazon took over.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tina 04-06-13
    Tina 04-06-13
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    "I was bored out of my mind!"

    I like this author but this book was so boring. Here is my summary of the book: he is a stick up his butt duke. Don't worry if you forget that he is a duke because he will remind you every page of the book! And she is a joyful ( Joyous) witch. Again, don't worry if you have the brain of a flea because he will constantly remind you. And that he is A DUKE! Don't want you to forget that.
    The narrator was fine, I had no problem there at all. It is the storyline that killed the book.
    I have put this book down over a hundred times and keep picking it up again thinking this is Jill Barnett it has to get better, but no. I can't take anymore. I am just going to assume he gets joyful and Joyous and stop. I think I will try something funner like getting a tooth pulled or something.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 11-17-14
    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 11-17-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Fairy Tale?"

    I was confused by this book. Maybe it was the narrator. Her lilting voice made me feel like I was being read a child's fairy tale. The story, some times magical, some times funny, some times cruel never left me at peace. There was a bit of meandering with the story which seemed to go on forever without a direction at times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
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    "Sickly sweet..."

    Don't get me wrong this is beautifully written and narrated wonderfully, it was just a very sweet read but too sickly for my palette..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie
    bristol, United Kingdom
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    "very poor narration which distracts"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is very sweet. A clumsy witch causes chaos in a very formal dukes life, a little bit of warm predictable escapism. However, the narrator is so awful I was crying with laughter, an american accent pretending to be scottish, it took a while to work out swooorey was in fact Surrey. If you cant bear the massacre of accents, give this one a miss and just read the book.


    What could Jill Barnett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    New narrator please!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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