by Patricia Rice

July 2006
ISBN: 0-451-21896-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Author Patricia Rice has been entertaining readers with her magical stories for a number of years. These stories have all revolved around the talented Malcolm women and the Ives men who love them. Ms. Rice has finally written about the most intriguing character in this varied group Aidan Dougal and his connection to both families.

As a young boy, Aidan did not understand what happened when the earth shook. His mother was unable to show him how to harness the energy, and havoc reigned. When he left Scotland to find his fortune in the East, he hoped that his mother would have peace. When he discovered a talent for finding gems in the earth, Aidan sent funds home to his mother, so she could live in comfort until he returned. When he finally arrived back home, he found his home was a decrepit wreck and his mother had died trying to trace the family history. He had failed once again.

Morwenna Morgan became an orphan at the age of nine, when her beloved mother died. She was adopted by the local vicar and his wife, who had never been blessed with children of their own. Her life was pleasant, but also stifling for a young girl who felt as if she was destined for more. Was her mother really a witch? Did she have any magic abilities? Now at the age of thirty, she is alone again. When her friend, Christina Malcolm Winchester, the Duchess of Sommersville, invites her to come to Scotland for the summer, Mora agrees. Perhaps she will learn something about her family on the trip.

Mora and Aidan make a perfect couple. He is all know-it-all male and she is much too independent to listen to him. She also points out all of the things that he refuses to believe. Readers can almost picture him with his hands over his ears, trying to escape the truth. Magic Man is a lovely story that neatly ties together all of the previous Malcolm-Ives tales and offers readers a lovely reunion of characters.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Paula.

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