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"Wonderfully delightful Regency paranormal read!"

After Amelia—Amy—Bourne turned her uncle's home cobalt blue and gave it chicken legs, she was banished to London in order to find a husband. But that's not all, Amy was also bound so she couldn't use her magic, nor could she contact her uncle or his family in any way. As if this wasn't bad enough, the family her uncle chose to send her to—the Benthams—was not exactly welcoming. Mr. Bentham ignored her, Mrs. Bentham constantly belittled her and their daughter, Isabella, actively disliked Amy. Of course, the fact Isabella was just about "on the shelf" as it were while Amy's young and very attractive may have something to do with Isabella's feelings. Oh well, at least Amy is meeting some eligible bachelors. One of the men she's met, Mr. Sebastian—Fox—Stapleton, Amy has taken an intense dislike to. The man doesn't believe in magic, is very arrogant and cold. At a musicale, Amy finds herself sitting with none other than Mr. Stapleton. When the intermission finally arrives, they go for refreshments. As they get to the refreshment room, Mr. Bentham approaches them and gives them some punch. Even though it has a bit of a funny taste, the two of them down it, never realizing Mr. Bentham spiked it with a love potion. By the end of the evening, both Amy and Fox are no longer harboring a dislike for the other. In fact, they're falling in love.

When the holidays approach, Amy is invited to go visit with Fox's family at their estate in the Fenlands, accompanied by Isabella. Unbeknownst to them, Isabella is carrying a couple of "gifts" with her—gifts she has received very specific instructions on where to place from her father. Not that they came from her father, oh no. See, Mr. Bentham found himself strapped for money and borrowed from a certain Lady Margaret who has decided it's time for him to repay his debt.

Who is the mysterious Lady Margaret and what has she planned for Fox's family? Will Amy ever realize she only fell in love with Fox because of a potion? And what will happen when she does? Will Amy be able to keep the family safe from the evil magic Isabella has brought with her to the estate?

BEWITCHED is a funny, adventurous paranormal romance. Sandra Schwab has definitely done her research before she ever started on this story, and it shows. With her descriptions of the balls and clothes and events during the "season" in London to the foggy Fenlands, Sandra Schwab vividly transported me to each and every place. The secondary characters are all as wonderful as the hero and heroine as well. I really loved Fox's niece and his valet. We watch as Amy grows from a young woman playing with her magic to an adult doing what she must to keep the people she loves safe. And our hero isn't left alone either, he must learn to deal with his step-father's abuse, the fact he's a bastard and come to terms with realizing there is magic in his world. All in all, this is a very entertaining and delightful story and well worth the time spent reading it.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted June 30, 2008

SUMMARY

Sweet passion ...

After a magical mishap that turned her uncle’s house blue, Miss Amelia Bourne was stripped of her powers and sent to London in order to be introduced into polite society—and to find a suitable husband. Handsome, rakish Sebastian “Fox” Stapleton was all that and more. He was her true love. Wasn’t he?

... or the bitter taste of deceit?

At Rawdon Park, the country estate of the Stapletons, Amy began to wonder. Several inexplicable events suggested that one sip of bitter punch had changed her life forever—that this love, this lust, was nothing but an illusion. She and Fox were pawns in some mysterious game, and black magic had followed them out of Town. Without her powers, would she be strong enough to battle those dark forces and win? And would she be able to claim her heart’s true desire? Magic potion or no, what she felt for Fox was a spell that could never be broken.

 

Bewitched
by Sandra Schwab

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
April 1, 2008
Available: April 1, 2008
ISBN #0505527235
EAN #9780505527233
320 pages
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