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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enjoyable historical romance

    In 1750 Wystan, England, healer Ninian Malcolm Siddons is lonely ever since her beloved grandmother died last year. Considered a witch by her fellow villagers, the kind hearted Ninian has no one to call her own. She can only watch her age group peer off with one another. Men would seek her out for their pleasure if no one else observes them because no man wants a villager to see them with a witch. <P>Astronomer Lord Drogo Ives arrives in the area in search of clear skies to see the heavens. Drogo¿s family used to co-own the area with the Malcolms until the ill-fated marriage between their clans allegedly destroyed the land. To the shock and amazement of both them, when Drogo meets Ninian, a forbidden attraction springs up between them. However, nobody will sit idly by as Malcolm and an Ives fall in love. <P>MERELY MAGIC is a magical historical romance that centers on two lead characters that share a forbidden love. The story line is fast-paced, filled with action and plenty of romance as the intelligent but steamy exchanges between Drogo and Ninian are precious. The support cast augments the tale with superstition or bumbling interference. Long time favorite Patricia Rice scores with a wonderful novel that will require a sequel or two. <P>Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Must read!

    I absolutely loved this book! Patricia Rice has yet to fail me. All of her book are wonderful!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Highly recommend

    GREAT SERIES!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Nice read

    I love the author, but this one was a little slow for me. Still worth the read. A very charming story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    A GREAT READ FULL OF ADVENTURE,ROMANCE,PASSION,LEGEND,AND MAGIC!! MERELY MAGIC BY PATRICIA RICE!!

    MERELY MAGIC by Patricia Rice is an amazing,witty historical romance with a touch of magic set in 1750 Northumberland, England.It is a re-issued titled.The plot is enchanting,easy to follow,well developed and intriguing.The characters are engaging,enchanting,believable and will capture your heart. This is the story of Ninian,a beautiful healer,a little essentic,a famous Malcolm,Innocent,lonely,has little bit of magic and is drawn to aristocratic Drogo.Who is handsome,an aristocrat,an Ives,a man of science,lonely,but won't admit it himself or anyone else,and can't seem to resist the local witch Ninian.
    After they are thrown together by a terrific storm,Drogo's meddling stepsister,they can't seem to get enough of each other.But they not only face a legend,superstition,danger,lust for each other but they also face Drogo's trust issues,and Ninian's Malcolm family.As the danger and chaos mounts they will have to decide if they trust each other enough to survive the Malcolm and Ives legend,be happy together, and maybe begin a new chapter in with Tales of Malcolm and Ives.This is a fast paced story full of passion,some sensuality,promise of brighter days to come,the end of a legend and the beginning of a new life with love,maybe a little peace,family, full of hope,love,and a little happiness.This was an amazing story with a little magic,danger and a lot of love.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    Pure magic!

    This book pulled me in from the beginning. Even the setting is magical - a village in the woods, secluded. Everything sounded lush and green, until they discovered that something was poisoning the water. Ninian discovers this just as she meets Drogo - because the stream is on his property that she collects her plants from for her cures. She is the local healer - it is what she was born to do and all that she knows. Even the villagers steer clear of her unless they have need of her potions.

    Drogo on the other hand is city bred and lives by logic. He does not trust anything mystical or magical - or let's just say he doesn't believe in it. He is the oldest Ives brother and has spent his entire life making sure that the rest of his family is provided for. This leaves him alone with just his ledgers and his books most of the time.

    Somehow these two lonely people are thrown together - well, they have help from Drogo's half sister Sarah, who seems to think that Ninian is the only one who can have Drogo's child. I love the way that they fight each other through out the whole book - both wanting what they think they can't have. It is almost like they can't see what is standing right in front of them.

    This is a reprint as this book was first published about 10 years ago. It is the first in a series and I am looking forward to learning more about these two families - the Ives and the Malcolms. They have a rich history and much legend in the village is built around what would happen if two of them ever got together. If you like the current batch of paranormal/historical romances that are out, I would recommend giving this one a shot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Cute Read

    What do you get when you mix one part witch, one part curmudgeon, and one part annoying family? An amazing story about love, family, and magic. Come join Ninian on her magical journey from the country to London and back again as she tries and tames the forbidden Ives clan. Many magical and mysterious surprises await ahead!

    Ninian is the most recent in a long line of Malcom witches, women who use the bounty of the earth to heal and help those around them. She's also one of the most unique heroines I've ever read. Despite the loneliness she often feels, she's very at ease with herself and her station in life. And, while she doesn't exactly buy one hundred percent into the whole 'Malcom Witch' tale, she knows that she possesses a power beyond what the normal person has. It's this combination of faith in herself and reliance on her abilities that makes her such a draw for me. I love a capable woman, and she is just that.

    Drogo Ives is only partly curmudgeonly, truth be told, but he is a cantankerous soul at times. Having been forced to take the reins of the family at an early age, his resentment has a tendency to boil over onto anyone within range. Normally, this sort of an attitude on a hero would turn me away, however, Drogo does his best to confront his feelings and rein himself in, although he doesn't succeed as often as he might like. His need to control and sort puts him at odds with Ninian, often to rather amusing results.

    If you like your romance with a touch of magical fantasy woven into it, then Merely Magic by Patricia Rice is a must read! You'll be enticed in by the engaging characters and hooked by the flow of the story itself. A true storyteller, Ms. Rice will hold you from the first words until the very last. Come, sit by the fire and let Ninian and Drogo entertain you with their tale.

    Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    Enchanting

    One of the best books, honestly i couldn't put this book down. If you like historical novels, you absolutly love this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Very poor message

    This is the story of date rape. The heroine is drugged, plyed with booze and then raped. It works out in the end. After all, it is supposed to be a romantic fantasy. No one should call this type of behaviour romatic, except perhaps for the rapists of this world.

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