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Merely Magic (Casablanca Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Rice
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Patricia Rice is a master storyteller."

-Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of Never Less than a Lady

Magic is her birthright...

The daughter of one of the strongest magical lineages, Ninian Malcom Siddons is a powerful witch. Determined to only use her magic for good, she lives a simple, solitary life as a healer in her village, where she meets Drogo.

A man of science doesn't believe in anything he can't see...

Lord Drogo Ives believes only logic and science can explain the wonders of the universe and doesn't believe the local folklore about Malcolm witches and Ives men, until he meets Ninian.

Despite the odds against them and their (many) differences, the bond between Drogo and Ninian grows stronger each moment they are together... until the chaos and danger surrounding them forces each to decide: their love... or their lives...

"You can always count on Patricia Rice for an entertaining story with just the right mix of romance, humor, and emotion."

-The Romantic Reader

Editorial Reviews


"A true storyteller, Ms. Rice will hold you from the first words until the very last." - Long and Short Reviews

"A fun read... I have become a fan. 4.75 Stars, Reviewer Top Pick" - Night Owl Reviews

"Very enjoyable read, especially the humor in the dialogue." -

"Written in Ms. Rice's signature style that seamlessly combines emotion and action, the story sweeps you along with a varied cast of characters who are true to their time, and yet timeless." - Linda Banche Romance Author

"Sourcebooks Publishing has re-issued this delightful tale, and I for one am glad. It's an honest look at true love through diverse and sometimes dire circumstances." - That's What I'm Talking About

"[Patricia Rice] took the best of romance, mystery, comedy and drama and mixed them all together in one magical tale." - Literary Litter

"I loved the two leads in this magical romance." - In the Hammock Reviews

"I literally could not put this one down... a romance that rings out with a spark of truth." - Pencil Pushers and Ink Splotches

"Quite a lovely story. " - Love Romance Passion

"I was entertained and transported from the first page to the last. " - Once Upon a Romance

"I love the magical feeling that this author weaves into her stories." - Book Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

"This book pulled me in from the beginning... Magical. " - Books and Needlepoint

"A remarkable display of characterization." - Star-Crossed Romance

"An amazing story with a little magic,danger and a lot of love." - My Book Addiction and More

About the Author

Former CPA Patricia Rice is the author of over thirty bestselling romances with over 5 million copies sold. Winner of the Romantic Times Book Review, Book of the Year, and the RITA awards, she is a member of RWA, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc. She lives with her husband in St. Louis, Missouri.

Product Details

  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1402251939
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME6ZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Merely magic? More like merely average... January 17, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Merely Magic, Patricia Rice delivers a merely average tale. The lead characters lack the magic, for want of a more appropriate word, to create a truly spellbinding story. This is disappointing, given her considerable talent as an author.
The back of the book reads " Bestselling author Patricia Rice will touch your heart as never before in this enchanting historical romance that offers wit, sensuality and a delightful depth of emotion that will leave you soaring"; to put it bluntly, there is no depths of emotion or otherwise in this book, and not only does it not leave you soaring, but only with a deep sense of relief that you've finished reading it.
I believe the reviewers above were so interested in the secondary characters in the book - as I was myself, particularly the mysterious Adonis - simply because they were more fascinating than the lead characters themselves. So all in all, readers, this one's definitely not a keeper!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This series MUST be read in order March 12, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having accidentally read book # 4 first, let me encourage any reader to read this series in order. This one, Merely Magic, is the first and does a splendid job of setting up Rice's remarkable magical world and the two families that gird the series.

The magic of the Malcolm women is unusual, and each one has her own special talent and unique way of looking at the world. Each Ives man is stubborn, arrogant, and scientifically-minded -- what could they possibly have in common? The two families are consistently intriguing and their individual antics, much less the inevitable combustion when they meet, are vastly entertaining. Add an excellent romance, and there is much to enjoy in this delightful book.

There are occasions when Drogo's arrogance is irritating and Ninian's submission is annoying, but these character flaws make them more realistic, and one can appreciate the difficulty in making a realtionship between opposites work. The superstition of the villagers and their resulting snubbing plays honestly. There are some historical gaffes, but all in all, it's a great read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MERELY MAGIC by Patricia Rice August 4, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The minute I started MERELY MAGIC I knew I held one heck of a compelling story in my hands. Having been a fan of Ms. Rice's for years I knew her storytelling abilities were phenomenal whether in the contemporary or historical genres. Her characters are deep, sensual and have a humorous side too to give you a full-bodied tale you don't soon forget.
I love the magical theme of MERELY MAGIC. Ninian Malcolm Siddons is a witch with the art of healing those in the village of Wystan beneath the Castle belonging to Earl Drogo Ives, newely returned to the area. Lord Ives doesn't realize all the local folklore about the Malcolm witches and Ives devils. All the Ives' are dark, handsome and extremely virile and always sire males. The Malcolm witches are all women, fair of face with golden locks and they always birth females. They have a bad history that Drogo knows nothing about between the families. It's rumored if the two families intermarry the town will be destroyed. Guess what happens? You'll love the chaos!
There is so much love, magic, and crazy family situations to sort out that I know you are going to love being a part of this magical novel of two extraordinary people who through the magic of love and working together make this an unforgettable story to cherish. I'm hoping to hear more of the Malcolms and Ives' in the future. They are unbelievably fascinating characters that I know Ms. Rice can bring to life with verve.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MERELY MAGIC enchants from beginning to end. August 26, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ms. Price has written a compelling tale that's sure to enchant the reader as much as her heroine, Ninian Malcom Siddons, enchants her hero, Drogo Ives. Local legend declares that when a Malcolm and an Ives come together, disaster will strike the village. However, the only real disaster that strikes when Ninian and Drogo act upon their attraction is the shattering of Drogo's heretofore tenacious hold on logic and science as the only explanations for all mysteries of the universe.
Ms. Price combines plenty of humor, sizziling sensuality, and mystery as she weaves a magical story full of twists and turns and compelling characters. Ninian and Drogo captured my heart but the mysterious "Adonis" and Drogo's tormented brother, Dunstan, have captured my curiosity so intensely I'm crossing my fingers that it won't be long before we Patricia Rice fans are turning the pages of books starring "Adonis" and Dunstan--and what of all those wondrous, beautiful and "magical" Malcolm cousins? I'm clearing a shelf in eager anticipation for sequels to MERELY MAGIC.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting tale of romance and passion! July 23, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Magic rules over the hearts of lovers and friends once again, as romance author Patricia Rice presents her fans with another charming fairy tale of love and passion. Ninian Malcom Siddons has always known she was a witch. After all, she is a Malcom woman and all Malcom women are witches. But Ninian uses her "gifts" as a healer to help the village where she grew up. But her life was solitary and lonely, that is until Lord Ives appears on the scene determined to turn her life upside-down.
Drogo Ives is more interested in the stars and planets than everyday life, that is until he spies upon a pretty peasant girl who reminds him of moonbeams. The devilishly handsome lord finds himself entranced with the lady who claims she's a witch. With his thoughts turning towards having a family of his own, Drogo soon realizes that Ninian has cast a spell on his heart that can't be broken. A prolific author who is known for her contemporary and historical romances, Patricia Rice makes another stop in the realm of the magical and fantastical with her new novel, "Merely Magic." Rice sprinkles a generous dose of humor throughout her charming story of love and enchantment.
Sharon Galligar Chance - Times Record News
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Interesting
It's a fun read with a varied and interesting storyline. I loved the touch of fantasy.
Published 13 days ago by Emma Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice series with romance and magic.
Published 1 month ago by 50Grey
5.0 out of 5 stars Merely magic
This is a beautiful series of stories. I have loved them all. Miss Rice is such a wonderful story teller. I look forward to any book with her name on it. This is a keeper. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a really cute story.

Ninian comes from a family of very strong and women. All the beautiful blonde women in her family consider themselves powerful witches who... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Texanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great characters and absorbing story. Loved every minute of the reading. I love this type of story. Enthrall go and enjoyable characters.
Published 11 months ago by P. Alderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had known
I read this story back when it was first published early 2000's. So when it was available to purchase in e-book I jumped on it since I've read it so many times my paperback was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Evie Wallis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
What can I say? I enjoyed it a lot. I loved the characters, the writing style, the story, the twists. I'll be sure to read more of Rice 's work.
Published 16 months ago by 4n4th3m4
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but a bit Slow
This was a romantic story of sorts although I wished there had been a bit more romance involved. The characters were just OK and the storyline was definitely different. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This book is first part of the "Magic" series,m the series is one my favorites series. Patricia Rice is a great writer.
Published 17 months ago by dcastle
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic is what you get when you read this series
I loved this series which begins with this title. Was disappointed though to find out they are not all available yet on Kindle as I do love to read a series from start to finish.
Published 20 months ago by TessieLassie
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