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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catherine Coulter is one of my favorite authors, the bride series was my favorite, but this book kept my interest going.
She is one of my favorite narrator's and who ever wrote they did not like her need to find another author. She does an excellent job with the narration.
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
I am quiet and love being comfortable. I love curling up in a corner either reading or listening to a nice romantic book.
This book is a nice quirky pick me upper. Feeling down and need something to read to make you feel better but still keep you guessing, this is it! I laughed, was amazed, and excited when everything started coming alight and making sense. Another one of Catherine's best and absolutely love Anne's narration and her character voices. The singing part had me in stitches!
I would highly recommend this series!! Anne Flosnik is the best narrator. I wish there were more in the series.
Don't think so. Good narrator, but if this book is any indication of Ms. Coulter's other books, I will pass.
All of them - there was no character with any charm. The earl is a spoiled jerk and Frances is a somewhat whiny victim. The almost rape scenes where she was suppose to do her wifely duties were drawn out and distasteful.
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