“Must be Magic” by Patricia Rice
Book 2 of the “Malcolm Magic” Series
Reprinted: June 05, 2012
304 pages (paperback); 1079KB (e-book)
ISBN: 9781402251948 (paperback); 1402251947 (e-book)
Rating: 4 ½ stars
Please make sure to read this complete book. That includes the Author’s Note.
This story starts in London in the year 1735.
Children can be so cruel to each other. The children are picking teams but they don’t want to pick Leila. And we know just how Leila feels. She rushes to see her mother, Hermione. Even as a young child, Leila’s mother warns her about marrying an Ives.
The story then jumps to the year 1752.
Leila is in the ballroom and has decided that she wants an Ives. He possesses something that she wants. Dunstan’s wife was murdered over a year before. Leila has also been married before. Dunstan wants nothing to do with a Malcolm.
Dunstan is supposed to be the best agronomist in all of England and Leila wants him. She’s trying to discover her purpose and needs his help for that. I find it interesting how Leila feels what constitutes belonging to a family. I also love how Patricia uses the idea of mistaken identity. It shows how blind some men can be.
As I read this book, I’m so in love with how Patricia makes me feel – it’s like I’m watching a Jane Austen movie. I can picture her characters fitting in perfectly with Jane’s. I wonder who Patricia would cast to play Leila and Dunstan.
Leila has a nephew named Viscount Staines. I can almost picture him with a mustache and him twirling the ends just like a villain would. Staines feels that Dunstan can help him achieve his goal. You will have to read this book in order to find out if that occurred.
Ninian comes to visit and gives Leila the shock of her life. If you are interested in reading Ninian’s story and you haven’t read it yet, the title is “Merely Magic”. Her husband is Drogo. It just so happens he’s Dunstan’s brother. “Merely Magic” was reprinted in March of last year. I haven’t read book one yet but am looking forward to catching up on the series. It will be interesting to see if Sourcebook Casablanca will reprint the rest of the series. If you like Regency or Historical romances, you will love this one.