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The Scot, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Accidental Witch Trilogy, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 5, 2006

3.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Witch Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Despite her best attempts at denial—"I am so not a witch"—Victoria Cartwright has inherited a legacy of magic, along with the key to a mysterious wardrobe, in Blair's third Witch novel (following the bestseller My Favorite Witch). Upon her beloved grandmother's death, Vickie receives the magic key to grandmother's old wardrobe—never before opened—and a promise that it contains Vickie's destiny. To Vickie's puzzlement, her destiny turns out to be an exquisitely preserved antique carousel unicorn. Though it's oddly familiar to Vickie, the unicorn is recognized right off by Scotsman Rory MacKenzie, a handsome loner, when Vickie appears with it on a television antiques show. The unicorn happens to be the handiwork of Rory's ancestor and the key to ending his family curse. The two meet and immediately set to bickering, first over Rory's manners—Vickie quickly concludes that he's "a lack-wit shoddy-mannered Scot with more beards than brains"—then over his designs for the unicorn. Of course, they're just working their way toward confronting their mutual attraction, but sassy dialogue, rich sexual tension and plenty of laughs make this an immensely satisfying return to Blair's world of witchcraft. Fans will welcome back familiar characters in supporting roles, but newcomers will take to it just as well. (Dec.)
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Victoria Cartwright is in denial of her special powers, but when her beloved grandmother leaves her the key to a wardrobe that only the true successor to her ancestor's powers will be able to open, she succeeds and finds a carousel unicorn. Burdened with her grandmother's debts, she decides to see how much the unicorn is worth. Rory MacKenzie sees the unicorn as the end of his family's debt to his Scottish village. His ancestor carved carousel figures, which brought in tourists, but after his involvement with an American woman, the carousel stopped working, and the villagers blame their financial losses on Rory's family. But he is more captivated by Victoria than the unicorn. Despite their prickly relationship, the two dream the same lurid dreams. Neither wants to truly examine the reason for this phenomenon, but in the end, it becomes unavoidable. Snappy dialogue can't disguise the characters' true insecurities, giving depth to Blair's otherwise breezy, lighthearted tale. Maria Hatton
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425213463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425213469
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on December 5, 2006
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A century ago Rory MacKenzie's Scottish ancestor let the people in his village talk him out of marrying the rumored-witch Lili Lockhart. Until then, visitors from all over the globe came to ride Drummond MacKenzie's Immortal Classic Carousel. The village thrived. But when Drummond broke his engagement to Lili, and she fled to America, Drummond broke up the set of zodiac figures on his carousel too. Heart broken, he shipped the carousel's Aquarius unicorn to Lili. Even though the mechanics of the carousel were perfect, it never worked again. The village went into decline. Legend says that only the unicorn's return will cause the carousel to work. Until then, the village will not recover.

Because of Drummond's actions in the past, Rory is a hermit, disliked by the locals. Rory has long dreamed of bringing the unicorn back to Scotland, restoring the carousel, and becoming the village hero. But no one knows where the unicorn is. Then Rory sees it on television. It stands in a vintage dress and curio shop in Salem, Massachusetts. Rory sets out for Salem, determined to fight for the village's treasure.

Lili left a key to her female descendants a century ago. Each lady has tried to open the antique wardrobe with the key, only to fail. Family legend says that only the daughter who inherited Lili's magic can open the wardrobe and complete her spell. Victoria Cartwright is shocked when the wardrobe opens to reveal the most beautiful unicorn she's ever seen. Her friends have told her for years that she is a witch. But Victoria does not believe that she one. Yes, she often finds herself muttering rhyming wishes out loud, usually without even realizing it. But that is NOT why the things happen almost instantly. It is just coincidence!
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Victoria fights accepting she is a witch but gets pushed toward it by her ancestor when she is left the key to a wardrobe that has a carousel unicorn in it. Rory believes the unicorn belongs to him and getting it back is the only way to bring respect back to his family. Rory and Victoria share a tremendous amount of sex scenes while Rory deals with his guilt of misleading Victoria about his real purpose for being in Salem. It felt like too much of the book was dream and to little actual romance.
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I really like Annette Blairs books but had not read any of the earlier witch ones. So I went online and looked them up and ordered this one first. It was very entertaining. I plan on reading all of the others in this series.
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NOT WHAT I expected.
I thought I was reading a light hearted story about a witch. It's more of sexual story in which a sub plot about carousel horse. I found it took an enormous amount of time to get to the predictable end. I doubt I will follow this author.
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Of the three books in this trilogy, this one was my favorite. I don't read much romance nowadays but it was written with such a heartfelt flair that you couldn't help but be captivated by Victoria and Rory. I can't wait to learn more about Storm, Destiny and Harmony in the next trilogy!
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By Jenn on March 11, 2012
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***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***

Victoria Cartwright's world has just turned upside down. First she loses her beloved grandmother only to find herself drowning in debt and now she's stuck with the key to a wardrobe, a family heirloom that depending on if she's the right descendant she may or may not be able to open. If the wardrobe opens then its contents are part of her destiny and she kind of hopes it doesn't open. When Melody and Kira convince her to try, the wardrobe does in fact open to reveal an ancient carousel unicorn that Vickie recognizes from her dreams. Now her friends are talking about destiny and trying to convince her she's a witch and Vickie doesn't really want any part of it. Rory MacKenzie has lived his life as the village pariah all because of a curse placed on his ancestor Drummond hundreds of years ago. His bewitched ancestor destroyed the village when he sent a unicorn from his famous carousel to the witch to whom he was once engaged. Since then the carousel hasn't worked despite how many people have tried to repair it or replace the unicorn and the village has fallen into ruin. His one hope is to find that unicorn and repair his family's honor. When a woman from his dreams appears on an antique show with the unicorn he sees his chance and sets off to America to find her and take back what is rightfully his. What he doesn't count on is the woman from the television dreaming of him too or being quite so irresistible. He also doesn't count on falling for her. Can he save his village and family honor without losing his heart?
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I love the characters in Annette Blair's books. They are funny, empathetic, and entertaining! The magic element in her stories is always positive never dark. The author does a wonderful job spinning a great storyline with just a touch of magic!
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