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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Island Nation Press; 2 edition (19 Dec 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096574373X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965743730
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,841,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charlotte Vale-Allen was born in Toronto and lived in England from 1961 to 1964 where she worked as a television actress and singer. She returned to Toronto briefly, performing as a singer and in cabaret revues until she emigrated to the United States in 1966.

Shortly after her marriage to Walter Allen in 1970 she began writing and sold her first novel Love Life in 1974. Prior to this book's publication she contracted to do a series of paperback originals for Warner Books, with the result that in 1976 three of her books appeared in print.

Her autobiography, the acclaimed Daddy's Girl, was actually the first book she wrote but in 1971 it was deemed too controversial by the editors who read it. It wasn't until 1980, after she'd gained success as a novelist, that the groundbreaking book was finally published.

One of Canada's most successful novelists, with over seven million copies sold of her 30+ novels, Ms. Allen's books have been published in all English-speaking countries, in Braille, and have been translated into more than 20 languages.

In her writing she tries to deal with issues confronting women, being informative while at the same time offering a measure of optimism. "My strongest ability as a writer is to make women real, to take you inside their heads and let you know how they feel, and to make you care about them."

The mother of an adult daughter, and grandmother of twins, since 1970 she has made her home in Connecticut.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Feb 2001
Format: Hardcover
Its hard to belive i have owned my copy of Night Magic for several years now,yet eveytime i read this book it always seems like the first.The book centres around Erik who terribly disfigured in a childhood car wreck and rejected by everyone retreats into a world of seclusion.And the beautiful Marrisa,who at sixteen falls in love with the reclusive architect,and dares to enter Eriks lonely world.Night Magic follows a love tested by time and adversity,a definite keeper for anyone who loves a timeless romance.
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By Barbra R on 30 Oct 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just love this author's books. Great read which I am sure has been made into a TV movie.

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This is the story of a sensitive young girl who falls in love with a brilliant older man who is scarred both physically and emotionally. It really is an engrossing, touching novel.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A good read, but not quite good enough. 26 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Overall I had no problems getting through the book and I was never bored at any point in the story. Though since I am a huge Phantom of the Opera phan, this story just couldn't compare with the story written by Leroux and Susan Kay. I felt Marisa was a bit too whiny and practically near nervous break down the entire book, and Erik was a weak sap..he posessed none of the power and majesty a character like Erik should have.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Could've Been Better 8 July 2006
By Tracy Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm giving this one three stars because I feel that the story could have been done well with a few changes...
1. Marisa was too annoying, especially at first. The whole "I'm gonna starve myself over someone I barely know because he hasn't called" ordeal? Childish. And I may not feel as strongly as some about the sex between a sixteen year old and thirty-one year old, but I'd like to see both people mature enough to realize what's happening, and her behavior does NOT signify that to me.
2. Erik's revulsion at having a child is also fairly annoying. So he's able to accept (though with some difficulty) that this woman loves him heart and soul, regardless of his appearance, but a child they create wouldn't be able to get past his face?
3. Lastly, why does Marisa look beyond his appearance right away? I think it would be wonderful if we could all be so selfless and caring in the name of love, friendship and compassion, but let's be real. Most people, especially a teeange girl, are going to find it hard to simply "get past" something like that right away...UNLESS...(and this is what I personally would have liked to see most of all) the person has some specific reason for dismissing his features, i.e., she's disfigured herself. Maybe her face is pretty, but Erik could discover that underneath her nightgown she's deformed in some way, she's been horribly burned in a fire, she's got some handicap, whatever, just give me some reason as to why she didn't even flinch when she first saw him!
So, the worst book on earth it is not, but I think it needed a slight more "realism" added to the Magic.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not a keeper 11 Aug 2006
By Fathom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I actually enjoyed this take on Beauty and the Beast, enough to finish it in 3 hours straight. Like a previous reviewer stated however, it could have been much better if some parts had been written differently.

The writing style was great and kept me turning page after page and not skim, and the plot worked well until the end.

However, the annoyging parts to me were Erik's refusal to have a child because of his ugly experiences. I would have thought after being married 14 years with Rissa would have changed his mindset. The whole almost rape thing towards the end didn't seem to fit with the seamless plot of the book as a obstacle to waking up and changing personalities. That portion of the plot seemed a little contrived and a little off w/ the heroine. Why she would meet some stranger is just completely out of character for her, especially seeing someone suicide earlier. Other than that I would recommend this book. I enjoyed it but I don't plan on keeping or re-reading it. Be warned that the book is set from 1968-1987
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Beauty and the Beast 7 Aug 2001
By Jill Clardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Marisa, at the age of 16, falls in love with a brilliant older man in spite of his horrible scars and reclusive lifestyle. Erik was in a tragic auto accident at the age of 7 that killed both of his parents and left his face so hideously scarred that he chooses to live his life in the confinement of his home, from which he rarely ventures forth. He is a successful architect, and meets Marisa after completing a remodeling job on her father's home. His partner and housemate, Raskin, handles most of the public interface.
Marisa starts to sneak out of her house late at night to meet Erik, and initially their relationship is platonic. However, their passionate response to each other eventually leads to intimacy. Marisa told her father that Erik was giving her music lessons. Marisa's dad dies of a massive heart attack, and soon after she turns 18, she marries Erik.
Thus begins a cloistered life style lived in the seclusion of their dark home. Marisa and Erik have no social life outside their home, and they do not travel or even go out in the daylight because of Erik's fear of being ridiculed. Marisa wants to have children, but Erik is afraid to subject them to the shame and derision of having such a badly disfigured father. This eventually causes a rift between them that requires the help of friends and a chase across two continents to sort out.
The unrealistic setting and situation of these characters makes it difficult to develop any empathy toward them, since it is difficult to imagine living such a secluded, cloistered life. However, I did want both Marisa and Erik to eventually find happiness, which of course they did.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Alright, just don't freak out when it isn't perfect 27 Aug 2007
By Moniker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rough outline of the plot: Night Magic is - loosely - the Phantom of the Opera story, modernized and not set in an opera house. Sixteen-year-old Marisa (Christine) meets the facially deformed thirty one year old Erik (The Phantom) through her father and swiftly the pair fall in love, sing together, marry and move in with each other. Rainbows, flowers and sunshine galore.

The writing isn't half bad, very detailed and generally very imaginative (very angst-y though, so if that's your poison, stay away). Just a few bones to pick, in that the author seems to have dialogue and description down very well, but lacks in narrative. Years pass in a matter of paragraphs, leaving the reading wondering what happened to the last decade. Other than that, it's very fulfilling and satisfying writing.

Surprisingly, I wasn't too undone by the age difference between the two main characters - it was off set by the age difference in their two close friends which balanced the book. And the Marisa was past the age of consent (17) when she and Erik first had sex, so there's nothing illegal, just a little off putting at first. Oh, and honestly, have they never heard of condoms? In this sense, as in others (no cell phones, internet, cable) it's very dated, but also the few references to current events and politics makes it timeless. (Side note: How many parents would give their blessing for their teenager daughters to date men in their thirties? Not many, I think. Suspension of disbelief is needed for reading).

Some of the other reviewers have commented on the lack of depth the book actually contained and I guess I have to give them that: Night Magic isn't a really serious book, with over arching themes and analysis. It's a simple love story that involves two people perfect (maybe a little too perfect) for one another that find simply no fault in the other. Marisa is beautiful, overly understanding, eager and helpful, while Erik is sensitive, caring and intelligent. The only time this perfection gets nauseating is when they fight and immediately blame themselves instead of influences (i.e. Society, prejudices, the guy who tried to assault Marisa).

It's a little annoying, however, that the two main characters seem to have very few hobbies (maybe it's just that the author fails to elaborate properly). They like to listen to music and sing. Okay...that's maybe a few hours of one day. What do they do for the other 21 hours? Other than have sex, which is described occasionally in great detail (primarily when they both lose their virginity; slightly cringe-worthy), other times just implied. It seems like the pair just eat extravagant meals and buy each other nice presents. All day long.

All in all, it's a very book. Not quite trashy enough for a summer read, but not close enough to the Phantom of the Opera story we all known and love to really take too seriously. But, it's light hearted and sometimes dark, a good blend. But, most importantly, it allows fans (phans) to a world where Erik and Christine get to, finally, live happily ever after. None of that Raoul business.
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