When he commands an end to the feud between Lord Dain of Penruan and Baron Gavin of Wroxley, King Henry stipulates that one of Gavin's daughters must marry Dain. Eighteen-year-old Emma volunteers to go because of concerns regarding her younger sister's health. After hearing Dain's speech to the king, Gavin knows that Dain would prefer revenge to a bride, but yields only because of oath of fealty to the king. Besides, Emma knows she won't find a husband closer to home. Too many men knew of her education and magical abilities, preferring to wed more docile and mundane women.
In Cornwall, Dain's immediate attraction to Emma leaves him stunned. He had prepared to wed a child of seven, expecting to put her away before she was old enough to wed. Instead, he found himself married to a striking beauty determined to make herself useful to him and his people. Even as he treats her with suspicion, Dain comes to realize that Emma's passion for him is genuine. Too bad he accepted responsibility for a feud he cannot put aside. Indeed, it irks him that he can find no fault in her. As each piece of the past comes to light, revealing the truth surrounding the feud between the families, the tension and betrayals increase.
Flora Speer weaves a surprisingly complex tale against a medieval tapestry. Threads of magic interspersed with strong emotion result in a romance filled with bewitching passion and sweeping intensity. The use of magic is selective, never overpowering the narrative, yet helping it to move along smoothly. Indeed, A PASSIONATE MAGIC is a moving and beautiful tale of love determined to grow under tremendous odds. Very highly recommended.