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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Printing edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451209478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451209474
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,388,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The Malcolm women of England are known for their supernatural gifts, and Felicity is no exception. Blessed with a touch that leads to visions, she is able to see and feel a person's emotions, but her visions exhaust her so much that she lives in fear of being touched. When she learns that there may be a cure for her gift, she travels to Scotland with her aura-seeing sister, Christina. There they meet up with their handsome and stubborn brother-in-law, Ewen. When Felicity touches Ewen, she realizes that there is something about him that calms and balances her, and Ewen is drawn to Felicity's strength, intelligence, and gentle beauty. But when Felicity discovers that Ewen's business partners may be trying to frame him for a crime he didn't commit, she is forced to choose between living a normal, gift-free life and using her gift to save the man she loves. Rice's third enchanting book about the Malcolm sisters is truly spellbinding. Megan Kalan
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About the Author

With five million books in print and New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists under her belt, Patricia Rice's emotionally charged contemporary and historical romances have won RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice and Career Achievement Awards. A former CPA, Patricia is a native of Kentucky and New York, and currently resides in St. Louis, MO. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice writes emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances which have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards.

Her books have also been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after for good reason, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina and St. Louis, Missouri, she currently resides in Southern California, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc.

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Purchased the entire series and plan to read again in the future.
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Magical, sexy, and totally entertaining - Yes, yes, YES!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Huntress Reviews on August 13, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While many people view psychic talents as a desirable gift, if they asked Felicity Childe about the truth of that, she would be more than glad to disabuse them of the notion. Having the ability to see visions from the merest touch has trapped her in clothes that cover her so thoroughly that no human contact is possible. It has caused her to flee from a possible marriage after an especially frightening premonition. On her journey to a hoped for cure, she encounters a man of science, Ewan Ives. He becomes first her protector, then her husband after they are caught in a compromising spot. Suddenly, two worlds clash as the handsome logical inventor finds himself a part of the most illogical family ever encountered.
***** Fans of Ms Rice will in no way be disappointed as they conclude this trilogy, unless the disappointment comes from its closure. Felicity is quirky and eccentric, but totally delightful, while Ewan is her perfect complement. *****
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on June 9, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sit back in an easy chair and be prepared to be entertained as Ms. Rice takes you back into the creative and enchanting world of the Malcolm / Ives family with this latest entry featuring Lady Felicity Malcolm Childe and the youngest of the Ives brothers - Ewen. Most of the Malcolm women are born with special gifts and Felicity is no exception other than the fact that she hates her gift and finds it very difficult to control. She lives a very protected life as her extraordinary tactile powers have been known to shock her into a faint when the thing or person she touches has seen or known violence/hatred/rage, etc.. When she fell in a dead faint from a vision induced from the touch of the suitor her family had hoped she would marry she decided to find the means to rid herself of her gift. To do this, she needed to locate a special journal written by a Malcolm ancestor that would give her the `recipe' to accomplish it. Felicity and her aura-sensing sister, Christina made their escape from the confining security of their father's yacht and ran off to the city of Edinburgh. Along the way they ran into their brother-in-law, the youngest and handsomest of the Ives brothers - inventor Ewen Ives - who felt compelled into escorting the two innocents on their journey.
Mistakenly, Ewen touched Felicity and she realized that his touch didn't hurt her, rather it seemed to bring her to a more calmer and secure place. Ewen, initially attracted to Felicity by her intelligence and strength, discovered that once she shed the heavy coverings she normally wore, was an ethereal beauty as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mikaela on December 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought all of Patricia Rice Magic Novels when she selfpublished them, before she sold them to Sourcebook. Except... this book, some how, went missing. So, when it was re-issued by Sourcebooks I knew I had to buy it again.

And I am glad I did.

I enjoyed reading about Ewen and Felicity's romance. I liked Ewen's chivalry, and his attempt to protect Felicity from the visions. Even when he made mistakes, he acted for Felicity's welfare. And my heart melted as he struggled between doing what he must, and doing what he wanted. It fascinating to see him grow, from a wandering tinker and inventor, to a man satisfied with settling down.

At first Felicity's lack of self confidence annoyed me . But that annoyance disappeared quickly as the story continued. She has inner strength that I admired, and it felt like she could do anything. As long as Ewen was there. And that was one of the aspects that I liked most. How Ewen and Felicity fit. They are different, yet somehow their halves meshed and became one.

But what I especially liked, was that both of them knew that they would have rough times in front of them.I liked how the romance, and the threat of bankruptcy that hung over Ewen's head worked together. And I also liked how they worked together, both when it came to finding Felicity's journal, and figuring out how the lock that Ewen designed broke.

And that, in combination with an intriguing and carefully crafted setting, created a book I couldn't stop reading.

Despite all the things I loved with the book, it sometime felt like I was skimming pages, not reading them. But that didn't last long though..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vicki M. Taylor on November 15, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Patricia Rice weaves a vivid tapestry of description and prose into a delightful tale of romance and intrigue.

The Trouble with Magic was hard to put down. I kept reaching for it again and again, wanting to finish the book but not wanting the enchanting tale to end.

Good work, Ms. Rice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2004
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I read the first two in this series and the author is obviously growing. Her descriptions of, the main character, Felicity's visions are rich and vivid and totally incredible. Felicity discovers how being different can be truly delicious when you have the right person to share your "oddities" with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 5, 2003
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All her life Lady Felicity Malcolm Childe has had the ability to see inside a person whom she just touched. Now in her teens, Felicity hates her talent that to her feels more like a curse, as she cannot get close to anyone. Her family, especially her mother, has done their best to keep her safe and to help her in using and controlling what they consider a gift.
Unable to deal with her tensile powers especially after seeing the handsome Ewen Ives, Felicity decides to go to Scotland to obtain the tome A Malcolm Journal of Infusions that will enable her to rid herself of her prowess. However, when Ewen and Felicity are caught in a compromising position, they are forced to marry. He helps her adapt to her magic, but will the debt ridden philandering inventor realize the treasure he has in Felicity or will he throw it all away chasing other skirts?
The third magic tale (see MERELY MAGIC and MUST BE MAGIC) is a charming Ives-Malcolm romance that fans of the series will appreciate. The lead duo is a fun couple who will make the audience laugh and cry depending on the moment. Though the mischievous magic of the Malcolms vs. the pragmatism of the Ives was used twice before and the forced marriage numerous times, Patricia Rice spins her usual enchanting tale that shows the magic is in her novels as fans will value her latest book.
Harriet Klausner
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