Book Review

MACKENZIE'S MAGIC
by Debra Dier

Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Setting: 1800s, England

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Debra Dier always brings something new and special to the genre, and she has done it again. The growth of their relationship, Colin's adjustment to his new place in time and the machinations of a vengeful villain are the elements that draw the reader into this intriguing, fresh time travel romance.

Circumstances and the rules of 19th-century society force Lady Jane Eveleigh Stanbridge into marriage with Lancaster, a man she does not love. Since the moment they met, Lancaster has been fascinated with Jane. She is the only woman to rebuff him and he is willing to wait for her. If he cannot convince her to come to his bed in six months he will agree to an annulment.

But the strangest thing happens when he is hit on the head. Lancaster awakens, claiming to be Colin MacKenzie, Laird of his clan and a highland warrior from the 16th century.

Jane is sure Lancaster is playing a trick in order to consummate the marriage. But Colin's confusion is so real and he is so unlike Lancaster that she slowly begins to believe his fantastic tale and to fall in love with a stranger in her husbands body.

(May, 366 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Leisure

Published: May 2001

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MacKenzie's Magic

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 16, 2012 - 12:14pm.

Jane Eveleigh was forced to marry Dominic Stanbridge, Marquess of Lancaster. On their wedding night, he vowed to seduce her within six months or give her the annulment she asked for. But the next morning Dominic is not himself. He is speaking with a Scottish accent and calling himself Colin MacKenzie, a Scottish Earl who lived more than 300 years ago. Jane believes a bump on the head has caused this illness. But that doesn't explain why she is suddenly attracted to him.

This story pulled me in from the first. Jane was forced to marry Lancaster against her will and is trying to make the best of it. Her mother and sister really don't seem to care about her situation. The story kept me guessing as to whether this was a real time-travel situation or if a concussion is causing Lancaster's delusions. My problem with his book was Jane and Colin kept having the same conversation over and over. Colin would blame her for being a witch and she would tell him it was his "illness". It felt like the conversation never changed. My rating: 3.5 Stars.