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  • A Kiss of Fate

  • By: Mary Jo Putney
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

In 18th century London, Gwynne Owens dutifully agrees to marry the dangerous laird of a Scottish clan, Duncan Macrae. Unlocking her hidden supernatural powers as a Guardian is the key to averting disaster for both England and Scotland. But, will Gwynne be forced to betray her husband?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really really wanted to love this but......

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 08-10-12

Guardian Series- 2nd Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Any additional comments?

The Guardian Series is written by Mary Jo Putney otherwise known as "M. J. Putney". A Kiss of Fate is actually the 2nd story in the series. It should follow: 1. "The Alchemical Marriage" in Irresistible Forces (2004). It should be followed by: 2. Stolen Magic (2005).

  • Stolen Magic

  • By: M. J. Putney
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Simon Malmain, the Earl of Falconer and chief enforcer of the Guardians, is transformed into a unicorn by the evil magic of Lord Drayton. Now only a virgin can save him! New York Times best-selling author M. J. Putney has won two RITAs and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and great narrator!

  • By B Rossi on 06-25-08

Guardian Series- 3rd Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Any additional comments?

The Guardian Series is written by Mary Jo Putney under the name "M. J. Putney". Stolen Magic is actually the 3rd story in the series. It should follow: 1. "The Alchemical Marriage" in Irresistible Forces (2004); and 2. A Kiss of Fate (2004).

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  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage

  • An Agatha Raisin Mystery, Book 5
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

Almost bigamy and absolute murder - Agatha Raisin's life is never dull.... The morning of Agatha's longed-for marriage to James Lacey dawns bright and clear. But her luck runs out in the church when Jimmy, the husband she had believed long dead, turns up large as life and twice as ugly. Agatha has a go at strangling him. It's all too much for James, who breaks off the engagement. So when Jimmy is found murdered the next day, Agatha and James are both suspects. And they'll have to work together in order to clear their names....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Agatha! ...Don't skip this one.

  • By Julie on 09-11-13

Poor Agatha! ...Don't skip this one.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. After reading other reviews I was wary of this book by one of my favorite authors. I was curious why so many readers had negative things to say about the usually marvelous reader and the story itself. Curiosity won out and I had to read it for myself. It turns out that our beloved Agatha seems so unjustly treated by her fellow characters, that it really got my dander up! Also, she reacts in ways that I did not expect of her, and consequently did not want to believe of her. So, at first I thought, "I don't like this!" However, the reality is that the story is as full of twists and turns as we have all come to expect...in fact more so. Since the crisp character of Agatha with all her faults is like an old friend, It is only human nature to want things to work out harmoniously for her in the end rather than seemingly inequitably. Readers experience that often enough in real life.

In a nutshell, I recommend that avid friends of Agatha brave the reading of this tangled mystery, and muddle through with our heroine to the surprising ending.

Would you ever listen to anything by M. C. Beaton again?

Absolutely.

What about Penelope Keith’s performance did you like?

Ms. Keith perfectly intones our crusty Agatha and renders the other characters with tell-tale hints of their personalities.

Do you think Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely...Agatha needs a well deserved pat on the back next time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful