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Midsummer Magic (Magic Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Coulter
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

First in the Magic Trilogy.

A clever, beautiful woman disguises herself as a mousy Scottish lass to keep the notoriously rakish Earl of Rothermere from marrying her, only to find she was chosen for that very reason. After the earl discards her, she sheds her dowdy facade to become London society's brightest star—rousing the ire and igniting the passions of her faithless husband. 

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  • Editorial Reviews

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    Good beach reading, Coulter's 1987 historical romance finds the beauteous and brainy Frances Kilbracken forced into marriage with the roguish Hawk (yes, I did say, Hawk). After fulfilling his conquest of Frances, Hawk abandons her and is smitten by a mystery woman, who actually is guess who?
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    "Her plots are like rich desserts - sinfully delicious and hard to pass up." - Atlanta Constitution
    "Catherine Coulter romances readers." - Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph

    “A good storyteller…Coulter always keeps the pace brisk.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    “Ms. Coulter is a one-of-a-kind author who knows how to hook her readers and keep them coming back for more.”—The Best Reviews

    “Coulter is excellent at portraying the romantic tension between her heroes and heroines, and she manages to write explicitly but beautifully about sex as well as love.”—Milwaukee Journal

    “Coulter instinctively feeds our desire to believe in knights in shining armor and everlasting love—historical romance at its finest.”—

    “One of the genre’s great storytellers.”—Kansas City Star

    “One of the masters of the genre.”—The Newark Star-Ledger

    “Catherine Coulter is one of the best authors of exciting thrillers writing today.”—Midwest Book Review

    Product Details

    • File Size: 808 KB
    • Print Length: 416 pages
    • Publisher: Signet (July 1, 2003)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004G8Q178
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Typical late-80s bodice ripper July 28, 2005
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    The story: Nine years ago, Frances' father (an impoverished Scottish earl) saved Hawk's father's life. Hawk's father made a promise that his son would marry one of the earl's three daughters. Now, the time has come to fulfill this promise. Hawk is sent to choose one of the three daughters, who are renowned for their beauty. However, Frances loves Scotland and decides to pretend that she is ugly in hopes that Hawk will choose one of her sisters instead of her. Her plan backfires when Hawk falls for her charade and thinks that an ugly, shy, modest bride will be easier to leave and forget than a pretty, accomplished one. Her father, secretly hoping that Hawk will choose Frances, does not listen to her when she says she doesn't want to marry him. She's force to marry him and leave her beloved home. Hawk feels her only purpose is to provide him with an heir, and grimly goes about doing his "duty". He feels no desire for her (since she continues her charade and get-up) and also believes that a gentlewoman/lady should not be treated as a mistress and would not feel desire anyway. This, of course, means that neither of them gets any pleasure out of the act & he ends up hurting Frances several times, making her fearful of sex. The two spend a lot of the time arguing with each other over little things and truly do hate each other. He goes to London to escape her and his mistress convinces him to go back to his wife and woo her. When he comes back, he is surprised to see that his "ugly" wife is actually beautiful and had been tricking him along. The rest of the novel follows Hawk and Frances' cat-and-mouse game as he tries to "woo" her (a.k.a. have lots of sex) and they both fall in love with each other. Read more ›
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Magic? More Like A Curse! August 6, 2003
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I have read several other of the author's books and enjoyed them. To say this book was disappointing is putting it mildly. The hero repeatedly rapes his wife...these scenes are very distressing to read. Even when he decides to treat his wife with 'kindness' in bed, he still continually humiliates her -privately and in public. His cruelness is boundless. There is an unsatisfying mystery thrown in half-way through the book. Try another of Ms. Coulter's books and bypass this one.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Why was I keeping it? November 14, 2007
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I found this book on my shelves and thought I'd reread it. Now I can't figure out why I bothered to keep it.

    Catherine Coulter's plots aren't bad but the writing is clunky and her characters almost always speak in short, declarative sentences. Didn't anyone in this period speak in a long sentence with subordinate clauses or more-than-two-syllable words? [Try reading Mary Balogh or Jo Beverly for solid writing and complex sentences.] These strung-together short sentences don't sound the way people speak.

    Like many other readers, I found the "rape" scenes offensive and the transition from Frances' humiliation and hurt to love totally unbelievable. Hawk's "orders" were ridiculous and wholly inconsistent with what he supposedly felt.

    I thought the best aspects of the book were the scenes where Frances takes over the house after Hawk leaves for London, co-opting the loyalty of the servants, and the machinations of the two fathers. When a secondary character like the marquess [not a duke, as one reviewer said] is more lively than his son, who is the hero, you know a book is in trouble.

    I'll be giving this book away to our library now.

    p.s. Maybe all of the complaints about Coulter's rape scenes in her romance books were what led her to start writing suspense tales.
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    11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars No magic here March 3, 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    I picked up this book having read another Coulter novel (The Heir, also known as Lord Deverill's Heir) and not liked it. I'd give this author another chance. And she blew it!

    This was like The Heir in so many ways. Forceful male ends up raping his new wife (although it's not rape as he uses cream. Eh?) and they argue all the time and eventually fall deeply in love. Why? What's loveable about either of them - except of course that they are attractive. So that's OK then. We never really understand why their opinions of each other change, there's a rather naff and blindingly obvious sub-plot about someone trying to discredit a racehorse stable.

    Our `hero' spends a rather surprising amount of time discussing his mistress with his wife, and the mistress and wife eventually meet and get on well. Really? Some of Coulter's plot manoeuvres are mind-boggling and I couldn't suspend reality enough to keep with the story.

    As with so many other American-authored Regency novels, our hero and heroine don't appear to know how to speak English; they pepper their dialogue with "gotten" and "inquire" and "fall" until I want to scream.

    And the title - Midsummer Magic. The events aren't taking place in Midsummer and there's absolutely no magic. Why that title? Probably to imbue the book with a mystery that it doesn't deserve. Don't bother with this book - it's a waste of time and ink.
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Magic? Nope, not here... June 2, 2007
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    After a fairly good start (about the first 80 pages or so), I was hooked and was enjoying the book, then it went downhill and I finally stopped on page 218. Be warned, there is what could be considered (in our times at least) rape. However, it was a husband's duty to get his wife with heir; and I do get it, but that doesn't mean I want to read about it in a romance...repeatedly. I believe I could have gotten over the first 'rape,' but then it happened again, and again, and most likely again but I stopped before what might have been. Enough already!

    I ended up hating both the so-called heroine and hero, they just were not sympathetic, interesting, or anything other than horrible. Frances started fights, cowers, and snivels all the time, and frankly, she should have known she needed to fulfill her "wifely duty" to get with heir. Now I am not in any way saying rape is right, but back then she should have known what was going to happen, and all she does is act belligerent and righteous about it and wants to be left alone (Ha!). Then there's Hawk (ugh!), who is detestable, shows no remorse, and the author actually writes about him with his mistress! What is Ms. Coulter smoking? I can't even fathom them going from hate to love (and I do mean hate!), which apparently doesn't happen according to other Amazon reviewers.

    The author says the book "is just dandy the way it is," but it totally is not. She goes on to say that we'll chuckle and may even howl with laughter because of the battle of the sexes.... Now I don't know about that because I couldn't get past how totally unlikable Hawk and Frances were, among the other things mentioned, so who knows? And frankly, I don't care to know. This book needed many rewrites and I do not recommend it at all!
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    Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take and TailSpin. She lives in northern California.

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