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The Marriage Spell

Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4 out of 5 stars (276 ratings)
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This Story Is Seductive

Publisher's Summary

Jack Langdon has always suppressed his talent for sorcery. But his marriage to Abigail, a skilled wizard, ignites his passion and opens doorways he never imagined.

The winner of two RITAs and four consecutive Golden Leaf Awards for Best Historical Romance, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney has enticed countless readers with her graceful storytelling.

©2006 Mary Jo Putney (P)2007 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Popular Putney's winning combination of well-crafted fantasy and romance will have broad appeal for readers of both genres." (Booklist)
"Mesmerizing in its emotional breadth, stunning in its backdrop, and spellbinding in its paranormal overtones...a marvelous, fast-paced tale." (Romantic Times)
"Putney [is] adept at atmosphere, pace, and eros." (Baltimore Sun)

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    3 out of 5 stars

A Light Read

The Marriage Spell is a nice little fantasy romance that never gets too deep. It makes for a nice, light read to pass the time. The downside to that is the book has very little substance to it.

The story takes place in England in the 1800's. It's a bit of an alternative history, because in this England there is magic and magicians. Magicians are not accepted by everybody in society, and are sometimes derogatively called "wordlings"

Our male lead, Jack Langdon, has wizardly powers which have been suppressed from a young age. He is raised to hate magic and magicians, until one day he has an almost fatal hunting accident and is healed by the Abigail, a skilled magician healer. Romance ensues.

Almost without exception the adversity and challenges that the characters face are handled a little too easily and conveniently. It gets a little more interesting with the climax near the end, but only a little.

Almost all of the magic haters mentioned in this book are halfhearted bigots at best. With the exception of the headmaster, who we only see at the very beginning, they're all ridiculously easy to convince to either rethink their prejudices or to be more civil towards magicians.

Every challenging situation is handled in a remarkably straightforward manner. They figure out what's really going on (sometimes with extremely little information), they figure out how to deal with it, they do it, and it works.

Rarely does a wrench get thrown in, and even when things do go wrong they're handled with just a little too much ease. This means that theres no real adversity, and it results in only a token attempt at character development.

By the way, the lovebirds copulate like bunnies.

The narrator is very good with voices. I felt a little uncomfortable listening to an older British gentleman reading the sex scenes, but that may be just me.

Overall, this book is good for a light way to pass the time.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

This is a great read!

I adore fantasy novels, and I love romance, this was a wonderful blend of both. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wished that fantasy books had more romance.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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really 3 1/2

the story was ok - did not love the premise of it, but it was very well written and I LOVE Simon Prebble, he makes the book worth listening to.
The story was a little too convenient in its unfolding and I would have preferred a bit more of a build up between the hero and heroine - it came a little too easy. other than that, very easy listen and I enjoyed it. managed expectations will be just fine here.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Mediocre Execution of Good Premise

The premise -- wizardry existing in Regency England and young boys having it beaten out of them so that they won't shame their families -- is really strong. Simon Prebble, as always, did a fantastic job as reader. However, I thought the execution of the story (the actual writing) was only so-so. I'm not sorry I listened to it, but I can't give it a strong recommendation.

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Wonderful!

If you like wizardry and romance this will make for very interesting "reading". Have read is at least 6-7 times. The reader makes everyone become real and even after reading it so many times, I'm still enchanted with it. Set in the 1800s, where wizards are commonplace but not generally accepted, how the two main characters deal with the topic of magic. Would love to see more of Mary Jo Putney's books on this website.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • liz
  • Guelph, Canada
  • 09-13-19

not for me

I generally enjoy MJP but I don't enjoy a mothering, self sacrificing heroine and I couldn't get past the premise of magic being wrong

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Always a joy!

I've read this book many times, and it was wonderful to have it read aloud to me! The narrator did a fantastic job. I will probably buy it to include in my audio book library. I wish Ms Putney could have continued this series, but due to a change in publisher, that wasn't possible. Her Lost Lords series has similar characters, but I do love the magic in this story.

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  • MOLLYO
  • SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States
  • 06-29-19

A good story with great characters, what fun!

Simon Prebble is the master that makes the story sing. I may save this one to listen again.

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Enchanting

I love this story. I didn't want to stop listening to go to work! Wonderful characters and they pull you into their world to experience the story with them. I highly recommend this book.

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The Marriage Spell is a wonderful story.

Loved the whole story! I wish Mary Jo Putney would write sequels to this story like she originally planned. They need to be told!!