Reading Order: 1
Midsummer Magic, the first novel in the Magic Trilogy, was published at the end of 1987. Now, eleven years later, we're reissuing the trilogy with brand-new clothes. I haven't done any rewriting, as this novel is just dandy the way it is.
Philip Hawksbury, the Earl of Rothermere, obeying his father's dying wish, hies himself to Scotland to offer for one of the daughters of Alexander Kilbracken, the Earl of Ruthven.
Frances Kilbracken, informed of the earl's arrival and his mission, disguises herself as a bespectacled dowd so she won't be the one selected by the young earl. But choose her he does, and for all the wrong reasons.
The newly married couple return to England, together but not at all happy. Philip dumps Frances at Desborough Hall, his ancestral estate, and heads back to his old life in London. Ah, but Desborough has a stud farm and racing stable, and Frances is magic with horses.
When the earl returns to his home, driven by guilt, he discovers the woman he married has grossly deceived him. What follows is a battle of the sexes that will have you chuckling, maybe even howling with laughter.
Let me know what you think of this first of the Magic novels - it's one of my own favorites.
Reading Order: 2
Calypso Magic, the second novel in the Magic Trilogy, was published in 1988. I haven't done any rewriting; the novel's just wearing beautiful new clothes.
It is 1813 in London. The Earl of Saint Leven, Lyonel Ashton, doesn't like women, and he's got every reason not to. But fate, in the guise of Aunt Lucia, intervenes. She presents him with Diana Savarol, a young lady newly arrived from her family's Caribbean island and very unhappy at being forced into frigid England and tossed headlong into the marriage market.
These two very strong willed individuals eye each other, then go for the gold in an insult competition. The earl calls Diana an eavesdropper; she says he looks pale and unhealthy. He says she has big feet; she says he suffers from "Charlotte's Disease."
When Diana insists upon returning home, she doesn't expect to have the earl share her cabin aboard ship. Then there's the ship's captain, Rafael Carstairs, who isn't just any ship captain sailing the seven seas. And on Savarol Island, there's a mystery to solve and wrongs to right.
Do enjoy Lyonel and Diana, and let me know what you think of their story.
Reading Order: 3
Moonspun Magic is the 3rd book in the series, first published well over a decade ago. I haven't rewritten the novel, it's just dressed in fetching new clothes.
You've already met Rafael Carstairs, the mysterious sea captain who worked against Napoleon in Calypso Magic. He's a civilian now and traveling to see his twin brother, Damien Carstairs Baron Drago, in Cornwell. In the middle of a moonless night, Rafael rescues a young girl, Victoria Abermarle, from smugglers, only to find that she's trying to escape his twin, Baron Drago, who tried to rape her.
What's a retired spy to do with a young girl whose nubile body and sizable fortune are Catherine Coulterthreatened by his own brother? He does the noble thing, finally. He marries her. And that's just the beginning of their adventures...
Step into this whirlwind of intrigue, shattering secrets, and black-souled villains that sets brother against brother and pits good against evil. Revisit all the characters from the three Magic novels and see what mischief they've been brewing since Midsummer Magic kicked things off in 1810 Scotland.
Write and tell me which of the Magic novels you like the best. Do enjoy all of them.