"A great regency with some magical elements"
Amanda Barclay was twelve years old when she first met
Marcus Hamilton. Marcus came upon her one night when she
was trying out a spell given to her by her friend, Lydia.
The spell which foretold your future spouse was in progress
when Marcus came up behind her. Seeing Marcus's reflection
in the river, she wonders if he is her destiny. Eighteen-
year-old Marcus tells Amanda that he is staying with Squire
Pritchard's son and is wandering around because of
insomnia. Amanda, who is interested in the healing arts,
gives Marcus a pouch of Chamomile tea to ease his insomnia
and he departs.
Sixteen years later, Marcus, now the Fifth Duke of
Yarborough, returns to visit the squire's son and brings
his six year old half-sister. His sister is a real handful
because of the neglect of his selfish step-mother. Marcus
needs a governess immediately.
Amanda, who has just returned home after nursing a sick
relative, aids an elderly Portuguese woman. The woman
gives Amanda a French coin, which she says is magical.
Amanda takes the coin but is skeptical about its magical
Amanda and Lydia meet Marcus and the squire's son on their
way home. Marcus, on the recommendation of the squire's
son, asks Amanda to be his sister's governess. Amanda
remembers Marcus and is still drawn to him; so is
reluctant. Marcus, who has always remembered Amanda with
fondness, tries to convince her. After Amanda meets
Marcus's sister, she agrees to become her governess,
because she can not turn her back on such a needy child.
THE MAGIC TOKEN is an enchanting take on the Cinderella
fairytale, complete with an evil step-mother and fairy
godmother. This is a well-researched, well-written story
with wonderful characterizations. The duke, who has
overcome his abusive childhood, is a great hero and Amanda
is a caring and compassionate heroine. There was also a
very pleasing secondary romance between the squire's son
and the Portuguese woman's granddaughter. THE MAGIC TOKEN
was a great regency read, with some magical elements. If
you like fairytales, give THE MAGIC TOKEN a try.
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Reviewed by Marlene Breakfield
Posted December 1, 2002