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
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.
Really enjoyed the plot and the humor; thought it was a really sweet love story.
In the top 20 and I have read thousands of books, but listening to this one was a rare pleasure.
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.
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!
Oh, my goodness!
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!
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.
all of the characters were charming, funny, and well developed.
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.
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.
The narrator should go to dictionary dot com and search for livery and fete and click on the speaker icon to hear the correct pronunciation. Those two are the most obviously mispronounced words although there were quite a few others. Some of the characters' voices sounded the same and had dreadful accents.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
If you are a Jill Barnett fan, then this was an auto download and long awaited. I found it on audible when surfing my old fave authors. If you are a classic romance lover, then this is for you.
This was written in the 80 or early 90's and reflects the romance writing of that time. If you did not enjoy that period or are new to classic core romance, beware.
She did a great job of Joy, but not so much on our beloved Duke. The core romance story carries this book.
With all the vampire stories now on film, this would be in line with Maleficent, but a softer tone.
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. ;-)
Different, Loving, Funny.
I can't think of one.
The story of an imperfect witch.
This is an old favorite.
Did not finish-not a historical romance -bumbling heroines irritating !
Not true historical!
Miss original audible before Amazon took over.
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..
"very poor narration which distracts"
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.
New narrator please!
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