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Merely Magic (Thorndike Romance) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Patricia Rice
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  • Hardcover: 582 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078623024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786230242
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,219,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A woman gifted in the magical arts lives a lonely existence in the woods, until a chance meeting with a star-obsessed aristocrat sparks a mutual attraction that will change both of their lives forever. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book that really grows on you 1 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first started reading "Merely Magic" I found it quite hard-going. I felt that the characters were repeating themselves over and over again. So why have I given it five stars? The reason is that even though it was slow at the beginning, the novel really, really grows on you.
The novel is about two very different people. The hero, a man that believes in only what he can see and therefore dismisses anything he deems "illogical" - which is basically every word that the heroine utters! The heroine is a "witch" who believes in the sprirtual and the power of the earth around her. The way the characters overcame this struggle was endearing and the overall tenderness of the story really drew me in. This was a lovely read that wiled away a long cold winter night! It is highly reccomended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Merely magic? More like merely average... 18 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This series MUST be read in order 12 Mar 2005
By S. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MERELY MAGIC by Patricia Rice 5 Aug 2000
By Suzanne Coleburn - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MERELY MAGIC enchants from beginning to end. 26 Aug 2000
By Janet Bieber - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting tale of romance and passion! 23 July 2000
By Sharon Galligar Chance - Published on Amazon.com
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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