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Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Magic Of Moonlight by Fiona Neal

The Magic Of Moonlight by Fiona Neal
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical (England)
Length: Full (324 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Camellia

Charlotte Purcell doesn't believe in magic, and the prediction she'll see her future husband's face in a mirror at midnight is sheer nonsense. Even when dashing Lord Knollton's reflection appears beside hers as the midnight hour chimes, she dismisses it as coincidence...and fights her potent attraction to him. Noblemen don't marry dowerless women. Nor do their wives pursue art careers—and paint Charlotte must!

Knollton has problems—big problems. A band of smugglers rules the coast near his home, and the rogues elude capture by disappearing into thin air! Worse, they plan to murder him. So now isn't the time to court a woman—especially an impulsive artist who plunges headlong into peril to pursue her art.

Yet...the moment Charlotte and Knollton waltz in the moonlight and share a forbidden kiss, The Magic of Moonlight draws them into a whirlwind of passion and danger they cannot escape.
The gypsy’s prediction seems impossible to Charlotte. Yet, it lingers in her mind as she struggles to find a way to live so she can realize her potential as an artist. Orphaned, dowerless, and out of favor with her relatives does not bode well for her future.

Colin, now Earl of Knoollton since his brother’s death, is enchanted with the impulsive, talented, na├»ve Charlotte. Even though, his mission demands his attention he finds himself determined to ease her way when she is turned out of her relative’s house. His amorous advances meet with protestations yet; Charlotte’s response in a weak moment sends him a different message. His frustration with her along with his investigation into a smuggling ring plays havoc with his life. However, he refuses to give up on either.

Fiona Neal creates a story with mystery, intrigue, social snobbery, dangerous situations, and love scenes that keep the reader turning pages.

Charlotte’s protestations persist for a little too long and cause the story to lose its momentum in places. However, the other compelling happenings help move events along making THE MAGIC OF MOONLIGHT a delightful story of a time when women began to see themselves as more than property. The integrity and respect as well as the incredible love seen in the hero and heroine make very satisfying reading.