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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 06-23-14

I so wanted to like this...

Setting: Scotland & England, 1810
Genre: Romance
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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Constant bickering, male lead threatening female.

What disappointed you about Midsummer Magic?

Irritating, little story, too much aggressive sex--often appears forced.

What could Catherine Coulter have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Since book covered so much bickering & sex I think it would be impossible.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator OK.

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

Anger, disappointment, irritation. boredom. Shock as I have been a fan of Coulter and have all her other historical's in audio.

Any additional comments?

Entire Magic series has same issues. Sorry spent the time and $ on the books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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SlOOOOOOOOW start better finish

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • K. Yager
  • Camichael, CA United States
  • 12-22-15

If you like rapist romance.

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worst Romance Ever!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who wants a story about a husband raping his wife every night. No steamy love scenes, just droning on of stupidity.

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Tired. But, seeing, I just had to write a review

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not good

What disappointed you about Midsummer Magic?

the narrator and the story was disappointing

What was most disappointing about Catherine Coulter’s story?

the story, boring and no connection between the charactors. No fire.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

to precise in her accent, became annoying

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not Coulter's best but still enjoyable

What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s voice?

Three words plus: Breathy and very hard to listen to at times. By no means my favorite reader.

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not romantic - too much force

Possible spoilers ahead. I couldn’t finish this one. I tried giving it the benefit of the doubt but the “hero” keeps raping his wife, in spite of him repeatedly being dubbed a “great lover” by various other women. At first he thinks she’s too ugly for him and so he doesn’t even kiss her before forcing her to copulate with him and then he just keeps doing it again and again. Even after he realizes she is beautiful, after he discusses this with his mistress and she tells him to back to the wife and try seducing her, he still just rapes her. I’m feeling very uncomfortable and getting angry on her behalf so I will not be finishing this one.

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I gave it an honest try

I got about halfway through the book. Although not quite BDSM, it was highly offensive and reminded me of what it was like to be in an abusive relationship and can only serve as a reminder of the all too common misogynistic attitude many still hold. I kept hoping the author would resolve the negative atmosphere more quickly, but continued scenes of undeniable rape of a wife just can't always be resolve by character development. the back cover description was not an accurate reflection of the actual story.