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The Marriage Spell (Stone Saints #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  794 ratings  ·  72 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney is acclaimed by critics and readers alike for unforgettable storytelling and arresting characters. Now she introduces a Regency England you’ve never seen before, where dazzling magic is practiced in all but the highest reaches of Society, and where desire is the most mysterious and seductive force of all.

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ebook, 322 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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Jamie
I just can't get enough of these magical romance books! I really enjoyed listening to this book, Simon Pebble (Think I spelled his name right) is just an awesome narrator. His voice captures the characters moods, man or women, and draws you into the story. I'm liking Mary Jo Putney very much. This book is about a "plain Jane" named Abby who is a wizard healer raised by her wizard father. Jack was born into a wealthy family having wizard powers but in England, magic was frowned upon and boys show ...more
Christine
I've been reading a lot of romance lately, but my first love is still fantasy, sow hen I ran across this author who does both, I was excited. Maybe I should have started with a different book of hers, but I was remarkably unimpressed. This was not a true blending of genres, but rather a romance novel set against an ill-conceived magical backdrop. The alternative reality was unconvincing and the magic was almost unnecessary. The characters were poorly drawn. This was pretty silly. One of these da ...more
Dawn
Jack is a Lord who likes to live life on the edge and one day in a daring hunt he almost kills himself. Luckily Abby who is a wizard is available to help him. However Abby has a price she has been in love with Jack since they were children and even though they have never spoken she says she will heal him if she can become his wife. Jack also has some magical powers but his father say these powers when he was a boy and then he sent Jack to a special school to stop him from recognizing his true gi ...more
L.G.C. Smith
“The Marriage Spell” by Mary Jo Putney.

NYT bestseller Putney puts a new spin on the Regency period by envisioning a fantasy world in which wizards, witches and magic exist side by side with the non-magical. Magic is acknowledged by all, though considered disreputable and mostly dangerous.

Jack Langdon, Lord Frayne runs out of luck when a bad fall from his hunter leaves him with a broken neck. His friends take him to the local healer, Abby Barton.

Abby is shocked to see him. For years, she’s nurtu
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Borders Broad
(2.6*) This was a weird read, a historical paranormal romance. "Lucky Jack" otherwise known as Lord Frayne breaks his neck (literally) and is healed by Abby Barton the resident healing wizard. Abby's required payment is his hand in marriage. I would like to say that Putney puts depth into her characters to overcome Jack's disdain for magic or being married at all. Yet, everything and I mean every trivial or major matter is easily overcome with Abby's confident ability and calm demeanor. The woma ...more
Shelley
This was an excellent book. I'd say a 4 1/2 stars definitely, not quite 5 though. I like the mixture of having magic in the regency romance genre. I also like how they call the women wizards to. Jack, the hero, despised magic even though it saved his life from a mortal accident. He slowly came around of course. His healer Abby,a wizard who uses magic to heal, pulled a betrothal from Jack before she would heal him, which I felt was totally unethical. Abby did release Jack from his promise, but he ...more
Kristen
This is a beautiful historical romance story that's set in England, and has a hint of fantasy. This has plenty of romance in store, lots of drama. When Jack Langdon falls off his horse in a riding accident, he's badly injured, and meets Abby, a wizard, who heals him and saves his life. For the past couple of years, Jack's been taught to hate magic and suppressed his magic. Abby makes a bargain, that if she saved his life, they get married. She gets more than she bargained for, when they dealt wi ...more
Jessica
You know, I can appreciate a good trashy novel. Sometimes it's nice to escape, and lord knows I am not a book snob. So when I saw the summary of this book - nobleman in regency England marries a female wizard - I thought "why not?" I like it when genres collide. Unfortunately, this succeeds as neither a paranormal romance nor a regency. None of the characters were particularly well written or interesting, and the magical system was pretty poorly explained. I didn't see the attraction between the ...more
Kristina
This book did not put me under a spell. I felt the characters were under-developed. The character, Jack Langdon, seemed promising at first. I thought he would portray the battle-worn part well, but as the story unfolded he was a lost boy trying to hang on to something, magic or not. I did like the strong character of Abigail Barton, but the magic spells were kinda underwhelming in the end. I felt, the author, Putney could have 3 separate stories in this book, as each plot could stand out on its ...more
Marie
This one seems like a practice run for at least 3 other books!

First there's the whole wizard subculture, and the disdain the nobility shows for anyone with magical talent, and the school to which noble children are sent to wipe out their abilities, as described in Putney's young adult series beginning with A Dark Mirror (published as M. J. Putney).

In this case it's Stonebridge Academy in northwest England, versus Mirror's Lackland, on the Channel - and Stonebridge's brutality versus Lackland wh
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Karen Wilson
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Jenna
This alternate history romance fantasy had an endearing story about an unexpected marriage between a magic hating viscount and a magic wielding daughter of gentry. The pluses of this story were the bonding and self discovery that happened throughout the story. The drawback was the repeated love making scenes that didn't really add anything to the plot or the characters. While I enjoyed this book I doubt that I'll read another from this author.
Emilye
I read this thinking it was part of the Guardian series - magic, England, peerage - but found it was actually a precursor for The Dark Mirror series; without the prologue that sets up that divergent path from her Guardian books. In the Guardian series, while elemental mastery is a closely held secret in those families with magic, it is accepted in all strata of their society. In Marriage Spell and the Dark Mirror series, magic is disdained by the peerage, and those peers with magical blood seek ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Not my fav, but a nice enjoyable story for reading on the beach. The passages that dealt with magic were a little hokey in my opinion, but I have never much enjoyed the historical romances that incorporate the paranormal. Good characters, fast moving storyline, not a bad way to spend an afternoon
Mindy
I've come to expect more from Putney's novels. Usually her plots are well thought out and detailed. I felt like this particular story didn't reflect her true story-telling abilities. Enjoyable in it's way, it was still a disappointment in light of her other books.
Amyiw
Really liked this as it has my favorite two genres, historical romance and paranormal.

So this is set in a slightly alternative England (regency) and magic is common but not excepted by the aristocracy... much. The heroine, Abby, has watched, and wanted, the hero, Jack, since she encountered him in her small town, where aristocrats come to hunt. She does know who he is at first but finds out and watches him from afar during hunts. Her father is a minor Baron, given the title for service as a heal
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Jenny January
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Jennifer
So I've tried steampunk (Incarceron), fantasy (The Magicians), and now regency romance. All three are genres that I will not be going back to, but had some fun discovering what they were all about.

I was anticipating an overblown use of phrases such as "quivering loins" or whatever else that is associated with this genre, so I was pleasantly surprised that the author didn't go there until after two hundred pages into the novel. If I had a penny for every time she used "sensual" or "wench", though
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Anusriya
After reading and loving veils of silk I was eager to try another book by this author so when I found this book was available in an online shop I immediately ordered it.I waited nearly a month to get my hands on it and when I did get it I was thoroughly dissapointed..there's nothing wrong in the story.. it's set in England during the1800s..and Ms. Putney does a fine job of blending magic into the story itself... the writing is superb also.. so why was I so disappointed?.. for starters I love my ...more
Fatty
I don't know how I feel about this book. The end was really cute but the rest of the book. ummm let me point it out for you : -
1- She wants marriage in order to heal the guy. The offer was supposed to make him understand how worthy his life was or how badly he was hurt or I really don't know. It was all a little senseless and confusing.
2- He hated magic but he accepted her and her magic rather quickly. What surprised me was how quickly he accepted his own powers.
3- The whole scene with the vil
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Sheri
I liked the idea of this book but the dialogue was HORRIBLE. I never realized how difficult it might be for an author to talk about magic until I read this book. It was incredibly awkward and annoying. The characters themselves were interesting and the mystery was well developed but I really wouldn't recommend this book.
Ilze
I'm not a fan of paranormal stories, but I found this one at the library and thought I'd give it a try because I've enjoyed several of Mary Jo Putney's historical romances. The first part of the story, where the wizardry aspect is being woven into a typical Regency romance setting, is interesting and works quite well - there wasn't much problem with suspending my disbelief. But things fall apart later on, where magic basically solves or elucidates every single problem, conflict and sore spot, in ...more
Heather
There's a headless hero on this cover, although you hardly notice he's there because he's subsumed by the special magical light. Which is, naturally enough, purple. At least, it's magic with a C and not magic with a K, which is always a bad sign. This book was fun, but pretty silly. Kind of like a very light-weight Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. I'm predicting there will be sequels about the rest of the friends, since why create a collection of good looking men who are all friends with each ot ...more
Chris
Old TT review:

I checked Mary Jo Putney's The Marriage Spell out of the library because our budget just doesn't stretch to hardbacks these days and because as much as I love Putney, I was a a bit dubious about the melding of Regency and fantasy. But this is really pretty much her usual well-done Regency historical, with the titled hero who bonded with other "misfits" at school and the heroine not quite of his social standing. The difference is that magic is pretty much everywhere in Regency times
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Kassie
While it was hard to get into at first, the characters were able to come alive before me and beguile me into caring for each of them--even in a rather twisted way the 'villain' of the story.
Kelly
This book seemed to get really mixed reviews so I had low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with this magical love story.

Abbey is a Wizard (healer) and finds herself faced with healing a man she has admired and been attracted to for many years. A bargain is made and a marriage takes place.

Jack and Abby's relationship is a slow and steady growing love rather than a instant she's MINE kind of romance.

Mix in a little magic and you have a wonderful twist on a rather sweet love story.

I reall
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Annette
I loved how this book had a different spin then other romances I've read.
The fact that it started off with meeting and getting married and moving on from there was a really nice change from the normal "they meet, they hate each other and then fall in love".
The school to stop those who were born with magic to not use it, the well supplying
the energy to drain the land, the spells put into his mind that had to be removed, the
sister and so many others who had magic which others didn't know about.
I l
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Jackie
This is a Regency romance where a female heals repairs the Viscount’s broken neck with a healing circle. She asks for marriage as the reward for saving his life. They marry go to London and then to Yorkshire to heal the family land, which is mysteriously being drained of life. This is a well planned novel with a strong cast of characters, many of whom are worthy of their own stories. It would be interesting to explore the setting in other books---a Regency setting where magic is present, where s ...more
Andrea
Part of the Guardian Book Series (an alternative regency England), Lord Frayne hates magic and his gift was beat out of him in an anti-magic school. When he has a serious hunting accident a healing wizard (Abigail) manages to heal him with the help of a healing circle. Her price to pay - marriage after he is well. When he does get well, Abigail releases him from the pledge but he still feels duty bound to offer and they still marry. In the process, he learns to accept her, magic, and ultimately ...more
Mara
A very sweet love story, if silly, with a nice plot where romance doesn't over-dominate everything else.

The world-building was somewhat lacking and the ending a bit strained (where he finds his magic and saves the day). Moreover, there was some cheesiness and the sex scenes were bland or a bit awkward (to me), but overall, I enjoyed reading it.

If you like the Enchanting the.. series byKathryn Kennedy, give it a try. It didn't find it as as good but you may find it interesting.
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. After earning degrees in English Literature and Industrial Design at Syracuse University, she did various forms of design work in California and England before inertia took over in Baltimore, Maryland, where she has lived very comfortably
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