Bewitching (Regency Magic Book 1)

Bewitching (Regency Magic Book 1)

by Jill Barnett

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Favorite Book of the Year Romance Writers of America

"An unprecedented SIX stars!" --Affaire de Coeur Magazine

From renown New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Barnett comes a tale of love that rocked the romance genre with its innovative, unique, and heartwarming characters. Forced by circumstance into a marriage of convenience with one of England's most prestigious dukes, Joy McQuarrie is hiding a scandalous secret.

Alec Castlemaine, Duke of Belmore, one of the wealthiest, proudest lords in all of England, has been rejected by the woman he believed would be the perfect wife--a beauty whose bloodline was flawless and family scandal free. His careful plans for the future have gone up in smoke...until a chance encounter with an oddly intriguing Scottish lass catapults him into a rash proposal and what he thinks will be a most convenient marriage. But his new wife has wedding night secrets to reveal and suddenly Alec's life is anything but convenient...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158772092
Publisher: Jill Barnett Books
Publication date: 09/01/1993
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,551
File size: 987 KB

About the Author

Jill Barnett enchants readers with her signature blend of love and laughter. Publishers Weekly gave her book, Dreaming, a starred review, calling it "hilarious… Her characters are joyously fresh and her style is a delight to read—a ray of summer sun." The Detroit Free Press named Bewitching one of the Best Books of the Year, cheering, "Barnett has a wicked way with a one-liner and she makes the romance sizzle." Her other books have all won critical acclaim and have since gone on to hit bestselling books lists like the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers’ Weekly, the Washington Post, Barnes and Noble and Waldenbooks, who presented Jill with a National Waldenbooks Award. She has over 8 million books in print, has sold almost a million ebooks, and her work has been published in 23 languages. Jill lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Bewitching 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 207 reviews.
groovekitty More than 1 year ago
I don't often write reviews, which is bad of me, because I ALWAYS read them before deciding to purchase. BUT, I have to say something about Betwitching. Because that's exactly what I was when I started reading. Bewitched. This is the first book by Jill Barnett that I have read, and I am heading to the ebook section as soon as I finish this to purchase another. Very often, when I get into the mood to read historical romance, I lean towards Highlanders, and the story lines, while different, are the same. I can't say that about this story. A true romance, with a little bit of white magic and a lot of love thrown into the mixture. The way Jill writes about how Joy sees and experiences things all around her make you want to stand in a field of white snow and watch the flakes fall. She is a fantastic writer, and I know that this is one of the rare novels that I will turn to read again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that there are some tender and then laugh out loud moments tossed in. I think this is the best that she has ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful read with many moments of hilarity. I've never laughed so much while reading a book! This has been a favorite book of mine for nearly 15 years and I can reread it and enjoy it like it's the first time each time I pick it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK-a witch and a Duke? I was prepared to roll my eyes and critique the piece negatively. BUT-the funniest (and I mean funniest) thing happened. I really fell in love with this story. Ms. Barnett does such a great job of mixing a powerful love story with great surprises and very funny situations. It is a 'make your day brighter' book-no doubt about it!
salvadore57 More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining read. One of the few books this month that I enjoyed reading.
munchkinSW More than 1 year ago
Just wait. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll read this book over and over again. This is the third copy of this book that I've owned. The first got wet, the second, I gave away and now I've replaced it again. The characters are fantastic. Oh, and just wait until you get to chapter 13!!! There is not a dull moment starting at page one and you'll love the rose petals too! She gives her aunt gray hair, her husband bad nerves and everyone joy, no pun intented - well maybe just a little. Read and enjoy and I guarantee you'll never forget it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Set mostly in the year 1814, Joyous 'Joy' Fiona MacQuarie was half mortal and half white witch. She had been raised and taught by her aunt, The MacLean, since her parents had died. No matter how hard she tried though, she could not master her magic. So often something went wrong. When her aunt had to go to America for awhile, Joy was to teleport herself to a relative's cottage. She and Beezle (a weasel - her familiar) ended up in the lap of Alec Castlemaine, Duke of Belmore. ......... Alec was the fifteenth Duke of Belmore. His father had made sure that Alec took the role seriously - too seriously! Everyone knew his coldness, even his two closest buddies, the Earl of Downe and Viscount Seymour, and all except Downe and Seymour feared him. Alec's fiancé had just ran off a day before their wedding. To stop gossip and soothe his pride, Alec married Joy. ........... Joy had tried to tell Alec she was a witch, before they married, but he refused to listen. His kisses dazzled her and before she could say, 'Oh my goodness' they were wed. From then on Alec's world was never the same. When he made Joy cry, it rained water. When he kissed Joy, it rained pink rose petals. When he made Joy angry, the clouds voiced her feelings. And because Joy loved Alec with all her heart, she would give him what he needed most ... a little magical mayhem in his dreary world. ........ ***** I have fallen in LOVE with this author! In fact, I plan to search Barnett's back list in hopes of finding a story for Letitia. Pick up this title on your next awful day and watch your day get better quickly. Therre is just no way one can NOT laugh and enjoy such a book as this!
Bonniejeanne More than 1 year ago
This is my repeat book. I always come away happy. Its just mystical and my very favorite book. Enjoy.
Mark_F More than 1 year ago
If you are in to romance novels you'll like it but I tend to skip past the parts with the flowery prose depicting what amounts to sex. I like the story and I don't mind some romantic parts in a story if tastefully done (read: leave something to the imagination), not gratuitous amounts and not when the story would be fine with a "less is more" approach. Other than that this is a fun book, the characters are somewhat developed but I never really empathized with any of them except the main character. I'd like to see more of this story in other books but more whimsically written and with less romantic elements and more, much, much more, magical and fantastical elements. Sometimes I thought the fact that she was a witch was almost besides the point. You could probably insert many other social impediments in place of witch and it would work nearly as well with only small changes to the story needed. In short, it wasn't really a fantasy novel about a witch with some romantic elements as it was a romance story about someone who just happens to also be a witch. I wish it had been more of the former.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought Bewitching on sale, because it was recommended by an author I usually read. You can read the synopsis, so I'll just say that I was mesmerized by this book. There is such a wonderful feeling to the whole story. So much of the plot was unexpected. I never knew quite where it was going, but I enjoyed every bit. Basically, this is a very unusual twist on the Duke with all pride and no feelings learning to love when he marries a woman that delights in every little thing AND who just happens to be a Scottish, white witch. Read it. You won't be sorry.
StephC0203 More than 1 year ago
If I could have given the book 4.5 stars, I would have. It was funny in parts--especially Chapter 13--and it was definitely a change from the "typical" romance novel. However, I found the main hero to be tiresome and certain aspects, like the ultimatum near the end, did not make sense to me.
Smart_Blond More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book. It was the first I had read by this author and was very entertained! The main character was so charming and endearing, clumsy, and so funny. I laughed out loud many times, and got thoroughly caught up in the romance. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story. I do not usually like magic type books but this was laugh out loud funny. The characters we great. The emotions were heartfelt; love, sadness, joy, hurt it was done very well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story..i became emotionally involved with the stomach would twist in knots when i became worried..i smiled at the romantic bits...and laughed at the humorous comments.this book truly had everything.a battle between man and himself.a romantic love story without being too vulgar.a focus on the value of family.and a magical twist.i was sad it ended.i may have fallen in love with a fictional character named Alec...oops
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall this was a good read. It was humorous and I found myseld invested in the characters. However, I wish more would've been written on the magical side of the story. That, and the Duke is a total ass who got off too easy (but isn't that the case in most of these stories?) Maybe the author will expand on the stories of the rest of the book's magical can only hope...... I would love to ready about Jonathan's story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, Sexy, Real love throughout... Joyous and Alec find and learn to love and with each other with a bit of help from some special people... Sit down read and enjoy. Moving on to the next book Dreaming, :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed would love to read more from this writer. She has a wicked sense of humor, hope her future stories are as amusing. Definetly a five star and plus more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every seconed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't usually write reviews but this romantic novel is a rare exception... Truly one of the funniest books I've read... I mean laugh out loud funny. Good story line and well develped characters. A must read definitely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real good read. Should be made into a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. There were times when I laughed out loud and other times when I cried. I was pulled in and felt a part of the book. This is not a disappointment but a very enjoyable story. I highly reccommend it. If I could have given it 10 stars, I would have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will have you intreaged the first page in. You will laugh, you will get mad and you will cry. A book you will not want to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a good laugh and some romance than this is the book for you! Jill Barnett has just the right blend of both in her book and I always enjoy reading them. It isn't often that a book will be able to make you laugh out loud and cry. A must read!
Anonymous 20 days ago
I have not read any book telling this story, so that made it an entertaining and fun book to read.
Anonymous 3 months ago