The description on the book jacket made me slightly uneasy -- it made it sound like Abby blackmailed Jack into marrying her, a "marry me or die" kind of thing. I'm so grateful I decided to read it anyway. It wasn't that way at all.
Both Abby and Jack are wonderful, well-developed characters who I really enjoyed reading about. They take their time getting to know one another; they talk to each other and they come to trust one another. Slowly and gradually, they fall in love -- their relationship felt very real and solid to me, more so than most romance novels, because of the time they took to get there.
The magical subplot -- healing Jack, the prejudice against wizards and witches in this version of England, etc -- was just an added bonus. Great fun, and an excellent read!
Abigail Barton is the daughter of a prominent baron, Sir Andrew Barton. He is also a very well-respected wizard, as it would happen. He trained Abby well, and she is quite capable of running the household in his abscence.
As it would happen, the hero of the story, Jack Langdon, is mortally wounded near the Barton grounds. Abby, being a skilled healer, is able to heal him...at a high price. Her stipulation for attempting to heal a mortally wounded man is Jack's hand in marriage. Astonishingly enough, he agrees. They marry, with equal hesitation and eagerness. Many twists reveal themselves throughout the story: magic, the academy that Jack was sent to, and bits and pieces of their own pasts come to life as they grow and become accustomed to their marriage.
Could not put down! One of MJP's best.
A respected officer that hides and suppresses his talent for sorcery. A peer's daughter and skilled wizard. She saves the officer's life, but with a price: he has to marry her even though she knows his distaste for magic. Once she has his name and the child she has always longed for she plans to live aways from him so she can stay true to her gifts. But neither of them reckons on the deep, long-simmering passions her spell ignites. They challenge each other's extraordinary powers and deepest desires for the sake of a love that may cost them all they cherish most.
Since I'm not into magic and the paranormal, this wasn't one of my favorite books by this author.
Great book.....has the right amount of romance mixed with a little bit of magic!
The hero and heroine actually talk to each other! MJP at her best.
I'm not into paranormal and magic, but I loved Mary Jo Putney's previous books so I had to try the Guardian series - which is also about magic - and then this book. I really liked the heroine in this story; she's so strong, well-grounded, generous. I suppose that I'll have to read any subsequent books if she makes this into a series.
Romance with paranormal elements.
this book was great - I really enjoyed it!
This is a wonderful romance full of love, adventure and literal magic. I bought the book because alot of of people on the Wish list wanted it. I'm glad I did. I have to say it's one of the best romances I've ever read.
I only could give this 4 stars. I really liked it, yes, and MJP is a great writer. Abby and Jack are well-developed characters and do not deny the attraction between themselves. Jack fights against his magical abilities but comes to accept them with Abby's help. The only complaint I have is that the ending is rather rushed. Things become unbelievable there at the end when Jack returns to his home and begins the fight with the evil wizard that has married his mother and begun to drain the land of its health. If things hadn't been so rushed perhaps it would have been more "believable." Other than that, it was a stay up late book.