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The Trouble With Magic Mass Market Paperback – August 5, 2003

4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
Book 3 of 6 in the Magic (Rice) Series

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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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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 the Paperback edition.
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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: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,415,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Reading this book was like going for a pleasant ride in the Scottish countryside. I adored the characters and their development along their journey. when you tire of dystopian futures and thrillers that become too tense, read this author. She writes well and you are left with the pleasure of becoming acquainted with the world she has so expertly crafted. I will look for more by Patricia Rice.
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Rating 4.5...I hardly ever give 5's but this one was so close! This is by far my favorite Patricia Rice novel. The characters were amazing. While they were introduced in the first two books, this one would still be a great stand-alone. First of all, my heart is sad the Ewen Ives is fictional. I love him. LOVE! His character is so charming, and smart, and handsome,... I could go on and on. Felicity is everything a heroine should be. She has a certain amount of vulnerability, but she doesn't let that stop her from going after what she wants and what she believes will make her happy. Her eyes are wide open and she makes intelligent decisions. One quote that stood out to me in the novel..."Percy spoke to her as if she were a precious object that might shatter if treated harshly, whereas Ewen tended to argue and mock.To Felicity's dismay, she discovered that she preferred being argued with." For the record, I would like to argue with Ewen Ives, too. Then I want to kiss him and make up! Any self-respecting young lady appreciates a guy that argues or calls her out when she is being ridiculous. The chemistry and the development of the relationship between these two main characters is phenomenal. If you are not a fan of paranormal romance, don't be swayed against this story due to "magic." The Malcolm family is described as witches, but could very well be considered as perceptive naturalists. This book does seem a bit paranormal than the first two in the series, but it isn't overpowering. I would definitely give it the benefit of the doubt. Read it, people! Felicity, the heroine, can sense memories and feelings through touch. This is not always a good thing as she comes across strange people and objects.Read more ›
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