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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching
Arian Whitewood is not your typical puritan from the Seventeenth century. The daughter of a French whore (father unknown) and grandaughter of a self confessed witch, Arian has never really fitted into her God fearing community. Unfortunately after dabbling with her magic, she is spotted sailing across the sky on her broomstick and condemned to die. Bound by the villagers,...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
I sent for this book after reading the reviews (at Amazon), and found it to be unbelievably awful. The "hero" was one-dimensional, and the fantasy was too great of a reach. Ugh! I feel like I wasted my money.
Published on 18 July 1998


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bewitching, 8 Jan 2005
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Arian Whitewood is not your typical puritan from the Seventeenth century. The daughter of a French whore (father unknown) and grandaughter of a self confessed witch, Arian has never really fitted into her God fearing community. Unfortunately after dabbling with her magic, she is spotted sailing across the sky on her broomstick and condemned to die. Bound by the villagers, Arian manages to prove to them she is no daughter of Satan by promptly sinking to the bottom of the local pond. Vainly clutching her emerald amulet she makes a frantic wish and is left startled when her normally awry magic works. Welcome to Manhattan 1996 Miss Whitewood.

Tristan Lennox, billionnaire computer tycoon is on a mission, causing a media frenzy when he announces he will pay 1 million dollars to anyone who can prove the existence of magic. Cue a quaintly dressed young woman astride a flaming (and flying) broomstick. Convinced she is a clever con artist, Tristan sends her broomstick to his laboratories for analysis. He is soon left bewildered though when Arian claims no knowledge of magic (her previous experience dictates she keep her powers secret). Convinced she will at some point slip up and reveal herself for the sham she is, Tristan invites Arian to stay in his penthouse while she accustoms herself to the modern world, an invitation he chooses not to examine too closely.

TM captures Arian's bewilderment and awe of the 20th century perfectly, and some of her scenes are very funny. However what raises this book above the norm of a standard romance are the secondary stories written into the main plot. We also have an unsolved murder, a strange disappearance and the theft of a very unusual gadget. This book was a great read and I'm off now to read the sequel Touch of Enchantment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars awful, 18 July 1998
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I sent for this book after reading the reviews (at Amazon), and found it to be unbelievably awful. The "hero" was one-dimensional, and the fantasy was too great of a reach. Ugh! I feel like I wasted my money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book, 20 Oct 1997
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This is my favorite Medeiros romance. It really spoke to me. How many people feel alone can see Arian and Tristan as metaphors for their own isolation and lonliness, even if they are not a witch or a billionaire. Money certainly doesn't buy happiness. Tristan who has everything except someone to make him laugh, someone to come home to, is like a child in so many ways, and not all of them good. Still he is very likable. I know that there will be women reading this book who believe that they have the power to make a man so very happy if only given the chance. We could heal the walking wounded like Tristan if he would only let us into his life. There was a lot of humor like the scene in Harlem, the totally non PC of it all as Arian tumbles through the 20th century. But I certainly can't give away all the great scenes. I think Tristan is a fully fleshed out hero. His hurts, real and imaginary, are completely understandable. Love really does conquer all. I remember a quote from Princess Diana about the lack love being the thing that is the most damaging problem in the world. This novel really shows that love is healing and allows people to deal with their pain and move forward. The love scenes are wonderful and so is the unfolding of the story overall. Okay, what are you waiting for? Order this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You have got to be kidding!, 23 July 1999
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Although I found the story idea interesting , the characters were extremely flat (no substance, what-so-ever). You never feel anything for anybody in the novel....alright, maybe a very mild irriation at Sven for being the typical brawns-without-a-brain character. The humor at most made me smile but never truly touched any chord. I gave this novel three stars because it was a good attempt at....well...something. Hopefully Ms. Medeiros's other novels will be more interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COULD IT BE MAGIC?..., 6 Oct 2009
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When seventeenth century puritan Arian Whitewood, wearing the special amulet given to her by her mother, decided to try magic on for size, little did she know that by hopping on a broomstick she would travel into the future and into the life of a twentieth century tycoon.

Trystan Lennox, a paranoid self-made billionaire who had just offered a million dollars to anyone that could prove that magic existed, wasn't prepared for the sudden entry of a raven haired beauty into his life, much less one that seemed to drop right out of the sky, as Arian did.

His quest for magic, sparked by a hidden agenda, and Arian's quest for her prince charming make for a bumpy beginning to what promises to be a magical relationship, marred only by the undercurrents of the secret each one brings to the relationship. Their road to true love is destined to be full of surprises for them and for the reader.

This is a light historical romance that is light on history but heavy on humor. Therein lies its charm. Although the writing can best be described as pedestrian, the author's way of interlacing humor and romance is entertaining and is sure to delight those who enjoy light, romantic time travel novels.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Teresa Medeiros! I have never read better comedy!, 30 May 1996
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Well, where does one start? Oh, god ... I am still in pain....<...ouch!
...my ribs have greenstick fractures in fifteen fragile places ...>

Take a steaming cauldron ... and add a dollop of Pretty Woman; a
sprinkle of Indecent Proposal, a pinch of Bell, Book and Candle, a spice of
Ghost, a dash of Fanciful Things, a broomstick, a black cat, a beguiling
witch from a puritan colony in Gloucester, Massachusetts - circa 1689 -
who wears an 'enchanted' emerald amulet, a skeptical, sexy, lonely, orphaned
billionaire tycoon - circa 1996 - then swirl in concentrated essence of
Medeiros in lusty and liberal glugs and you have: A BREATH OF MAGIC!

This is not a funny story ... It is a dangerous story - that causes your
husband to crawl under the bedcovers with his hands plastered to his eardrums
in self-protection; it is a story that has him cringing on 'his' side of the
bed at 1.00 am with a pained twist to his shoulder blades that
indicates he is desperately hoping that the sounds roiling and rollicking
across him - wafting out into the night - do NOT reach the furtherest limits
of the city... In embarrassed despair because he know this has gone beyond
the bounds of such propriety - it is a story that when he asks 'What's
funny?' you try to tell him - and because you are too incoherent to do so,
he starts to laugh, then you're both choking in pain and dabbing with the
bedcovers at the waves - not trickles - but waves of oozing tears that are
streaming from both sets of eyes. It is a story that seeps champagne bubbles
of laughter from you during your sleep and catches you walking down staid
professional corridors at work burping back hysteria ...

It is a story that cries out to be made into a movie...It is a story that
EVERYONE should read.

Bernadette
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic, 1 Mar 1998
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If there ever was a book that could have possibly make you believe in magic - this is the book. Arian's flying broomstick - and her tumbling from the sky 300 years into the future to land at Tristan's feet, can lead to only one conclution - DESTENY and MAGIC are nothing to lought about. There is nothing left but to smile, enjoy the book and read it again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFULLY ENTERTAINING! A BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY!!!!!!, 4 Jun 1999
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This story was so wonderful that after I read it I started over and read it all again!!!!!!!! I absolutely loved the hero, heroine, and the secondary characters. I loved the storyline, the hero's insecurities and the heroine's continual defense of witches (that was really sweet). I have not read many time-travel novels that can top this one. Please!!!!!!! If you have not read this book, go out and get it right now!!!! GO!!! Miss Medeiros, you are one in a million. Please, never quit writing!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure from beginning to end!, 5 April 1998
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If you like a bit of whimsy in your romance novels, this one is for you. Being a first time Medeiros reader, I had no idea what to expect with this novel. I was not in anyway disappointed. This tale is hysterical. I couldn't put it down. You'll laugh at everyone from the lead characters to the bodyguards. A keeper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different that will make you laugh outloud !, 14 July 1996
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A magical story full of surprises and humor. The reader
will be charmed by the fiesty heroine as she bewitches
her strong-minded, modern day hero. Just the right touch
of magic, time travel , suspence and unlikely romance
with her suited up, buttoned down corporate warrior!
One of this author's best works.
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