Dear Listener: Midsummer Magic, 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 reasons. 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 laughter. Let me know what you think of this first of the Magic novels - it's one of my own favorites. - Catherine Coulter
©2003 Catherine Coulter (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Setting: Scotland & England, 1810
Narration was average. I am beginning to be able to tolerate Anne Flosnik more. I was disappointed that the heroine didn't have a Scottish accent (the book described her speech as specifically English) because Ms Flosnik does an excellent performance of that accent.
This was the first Catherine Coulter book I have read/ listened to, and I was so disappointed! But my sister recommends her, especially in contemporary, so I'll give her a try in a different genre.
The plot sounded interesting, but execution not so much. The heroine, Frances was so recalcitrant, I wanted to sit her down and give her a firm talking to. Others mentioned that the sex was forced, almost rape-like, but I took a different view. It was 1810, when it wasn't unusual for a woman to enter into an arranged marriage, specially to continue the line. By law, a marriage wasn't legal until it had been consummated. Both her father and step-mother had told her to do her duty, to acquiesce in the production of an heir. Philip knew this was a necessary part of the marriage, and he actually apologized for what he had to do. His big sin was assuming that a lady could not/should not enjoy sex, so there was no way Frances was going to enjoy his method. Even he did not enjoy it. It wasn't until his mistress told him that he should approach his marriage bed as he would her bed that he changed his ways. The romance was the main impetus for the story. But Frances' hostility and Philip's neglect and almost willful ignorance were so irritating I barely made it through. I got Calypso Magic in the same BOGO sale and I am reluctant to listen to it, if the characters are as hostile to one another as is the case in Midsummer Magic.
No, don't waste the credit. If you haven't had experience with Catherine Coulter, this may put you off what I am told is a good author. If you already like her, this will likely disappoint you.
Overall good story but my my was the first half slow. Based on the other reviews I thought this story was funny but it really was not. I like the flawed characters, Frances’s steamy temper, and Phillip’s from a pushy, self serving, overbearing and judgmental person he was at the beginning to a good man at the end.
Although the sex scenes began as very disturbing and rape like it changed to very sensual later on in the story. It is hard to believe women had so few rights. Revolting actually but that is not what we can blame C Coulter for. She is merely expressing what actually could have easily happened those days. It was just really hard to read through those scenes.
The narrator’s performance was very poor indeed but again looking beyond that the story is well worth the credit.
Three words plus: Breathy and very hard to listen to at times. By no means my favorite reader.
I like the series well enough, but her Sherwood Bride series is much better. I wish more of that series would be available on Audible.
Irritating, little story, too much aggressive sex--often appears forced.
Since book covered so much bickering & sex I think it would be impossible.
Anger, disappointment, irritation. boredom. Shock as I have been a fan of Coulter and have all her other historical's in audio.
Entire Magic series has same issues. Sorry spent the time and $ on the books.
This was such a wonderful listen. Bursting out laughing versus downright anger, indignant frustration and aggravated trepidation as well as outright disturbing versus sweet romance are some of the reactions that make a good book. I felt them all in varying degrees. I no sooner finished this listen that I went to purchase the next and get it downloaded for listening.
Anne Flosnik is one of those narrators who listeners are likely to either really love or really hate. Unfortunately she has done so many regency romances that I often don't bother with a book I really wanted to 'read' just because I'm not in the mood for her distinctive voice and performance style. I do a lot of listening and can't stand it when one book blends into the next and I am very careful on to listen to her work back to back or even within a five or six books of each other. Don't get me wrong, she is excellent if you like her and aren't listening to her back to back to back. She was one of my very favorites when I first started listening to regency era romances and I would search her specifically and purposely.
Credit worthy? A resounding yes! But at it's reasonable price I just paid for it and don't regret it.
Wanda the artist
Here I am, tired, looking for a book to read, when I see this one, that I have already read. So, here is my short comments. LOVED it.
OK. I mean, tooooo funny. To fantastic. Just have to love the lady in the story. Poor thing, her plan backfired. However, after some time ... who knows? She just might ...
If I didn't know better, I would say she reminds me of Jo of Little Women, set in this time period, with the same problem. If you love to read, and you love Catherine Coulter, then by all means get this one. Never a boring moment.
the narrator and the story was disappointing
the story, boring and no connection between the charactors. No fire.
to precise in her accent, became annoying
Awful. Stupid story, horrible main male character totally devoid of any redeeming qualities who rapes the protagonist the first several times they're together, but out of "duty" so it's supposedly okay, and she is ridiculous, eventually falling in love with him because he's such a good lay. Terrible. The narrator completely overdoes the inflections to differentiate characters.
A man who didnt rape his wife and then after the first night he uses cream every other time he rapes her so he didnt hurt her. Because he cared so much. ICK !
The performance was fine.
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