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Bewitching (Bewitching and Dreaming #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,757 ratings  ·  187 reviews
What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms. Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always ...more
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published June 6th 2010 by Bell Bridge Books (first published May 1st 1993)
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader
In this charming fairy-tale of a romance, will a lovely and clumsy witch be able to have a starchy and uptight duke say:"I do believe in magic!"
... and finally live happily ever after?

It's not a common occurrence in Regency England that a powerful and cold peer of the realm finds himself with a witch just fallen into his arms, but it's exactly what happens to the Duke of Belmore on one fateful winter day. The uninvited green-eyed and mink-haired guest in question is no other than Joyous Fiona
After the woman he was supposed to marry runs off with another man, Alec, the Duke of Belmore finds himself facing humiliation. And with a lifetime of protecting the Belmore name that's something he cannot countenance.

When Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie literally crashes into his life, he sees a way to protect the family name so he skilfully manipulates her into a quickie wedding. But what he doesn't know is Joyous is a witch, and not just any witch. She's the witch whose every spell goes awry, and th
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Reviewed by Heather

Bewitching by Jill Barnett is not a hot new book just out on the best sellers list. As a matter of fact, it was first published back in 1993. But when someone sent it to me and told me I had to read it, I trusted them completely. I am so glad I did because this book was amazing.

Joyous “Joy” MacQuarrie is a young witch who has problems with her abilities. She often finds herself having to clean up quite the mess. When her aunt is sent to America for two years for council busine
I really wanted to like this book. Bewitched meets English peerage and all. I like so much about it....the magical part of a young, naive Scottish witch marrying a boring, stuffy, full-of-himself Duke, the strange spells that happened when she sneezed, her inability to successfully cast most spells, and the like. But since I bought it for only 99 cents on sale for my Kindle, I shouldn't complain that it was a bit too much like a trashy paperback romance novel, should I? I am some kind of a junio ...more
Jenny Johnson
This is the book that made me a reader! I remember one time (before I was allowed to read romance novels), lying in bed with my mother, who was reading this book fresh off the bookstands. Periodically, my mother would burst into spontaneous laughter. She even found some of it funny enough (chapter 13, for example) to read it out loud to her impressionable young daughter (me). Over the years, I became more and more curious about it, and as soon as I felt she would allow it, I asked my mother to p ...more
3 or 4 stars. Audible, narrated by Anna Johnstonbrown. I would have enjoyed this enchanting, heartwarming, and occasionally funny paranormal regency romance much more if I'd read it, because the narrator gradually wore me down with her über-articulation. Every syllable sits up straight — even the ones that should be more relaxed — every t is ttttotttally sharp, every d is dddistinct. She pronounced the word ducal wrong every single time -- at least a dozen. "Doo-call" she said. The doo-call cres ...more
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
I have fell in love with this author. From the moment I pickup this book, I fell in love with Joy and Alec. The Seymour also makes me smile with his words. This book totally bewitched me. Full of fun and wit. Absolutely delightful!
She had bewitched the most serious, snobbish, and handsome Duke in England. Joyous MacQuarrie...the pixie-like, green-eyed beauty had appeared from nowhere and fell unashamedly into his arms. And all that his society friends knew of the mysterious lady was that she was Scottish and that her grandmother had been a Locksley. Even her fine bloodline didn't make Joy quite proper enough to be a Duchess, but a proud nobleman like Alec, Duke of Belmore, did as he pleased...and he wanted to marry the b ...more
From Publishers Weekly: In 1813 Alec Castlemaine, a callous English duke who compares courtship to horse trading, faces rejection from his meticulously selected betrothed, who decides she cannot live without love. That same night, Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie, a Scottish witch with faith in fairy-tale endings, messes up a travel incantation and "zaps" herself into the duke's lap. Unbelievably, she explains away her sudden appearance, and the duke, wanting to salvage his pride, marries her immediately ...more
Kim H
A very sweet and romantic spin on the "Bewitched" TV series, it has a permanent place on my keeper shelf. The showering rose petal love scenes were simply to die for; some of the most romantic stuff I've ever read. I had a little trouble with forgiving Alec his big moment of stupidity toward the end, but I appreciated the fact that his behavior was completely in character for him. For a very stuffy & conventional man, quite bewildered by the fact that he has unwittingly married a witch, he c ...more
I absolutely loved it! It was funny and heart breaking at the same time.
I didnt get much of a the Regency feeling but I didnt care. The H/H was well written, three dimensional and very enjoyable!

Joy, a Scottich witch, has big trouble with her magic. It doesnt always work as she intends. The results are often catastrophic. So much so that her aunt, The MacLean, insists that Joy will go to some relatives when she is away.
Joy tries to "zap" her self to the relatives but ends up in a forest.

Alec, D
Love Love Love this book! Wasnt the first one ive read but it will always be my favorite! Even my "grease monkey" of a brother in law has read this and loved it! He has a signed copy! Ladies this is def. read for you if you love romance. i have cried, literally laughed out loud, and smiled all the way through this book. i am not much of keeping books and rereading them...i mean hey, i know the story already so why reread it...but this book i will always keep nearby and reread it. Theres one part ...more
A very sweet, if a bit silly with the magic, romance. A couple of really sexy scenes too. Enjoyed every minute of the two hours it took me to read it.

Heroine is is a combination of Inspector Gadget (if he were magical and didn't have so much help) and Samantha Stevens with a touch of feisty Scottish wench thrown in.

Hero has an attitude that isn't horrible but is certainly dull and ends up making one rash decision and throwing his life into complete turmoil.

HEA included.

Joy is a novice witch who has a gift of mayhem, and whenever she casts a magic spell disaster soon follows. Her blunders landed her on the lap of Alec, the Duke of Belmore and together they experienced havoc and a sprinkle of love.

It was indeed a joy to witness all the disastrous results of Joy's spells. She made me smile when she caused the trees to fall and blocked their road. She also made me giggle when her magic "surprisingly" failed and both she and Alec landed on a h
Judi Fennell
Aug 24, 2008 Judi Fennell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a great romance and is a big fan of I Dream of Jeanie, Bewitched, etc.
Recommended to Judi by: a friend who has since passed and I think of her every time I re

Utterly adorable and fun!
Chateaux B's
I've always loved heroines who are just a little off center but still make it work. Throw in a hard headed, arrogant guy and the fun begins. The witty banter, the interesting situations they find themselves in, and the chemistry between Alex and Joy make this an easy story to fall in love with! Pink petals will make you sigh. The lemon trees make you giggle. The waltz will make you swoon. Macbeth will make you smirk. All in all, I'd highly recommend it!
The premiss of this book was intriguing. I really wanted to like it. There were parts that I really did enjoy. Unfortunately those parts were separated by long winded boring or really annoying parts. I think I was supposed to really like the heroine and get frustrated with the hero. But it was the complete opposite with me. I admit there were times I couldn't help but think that I the hero should just leave the heroine on the side of the road. The story was also all over the place with little fo ...more
Laughed, cried, ready to throw my kindle...

I loved this book, seriously got so upset at one point I wanted to strangle them both!!!!! but mostly him (of course!) look forward to Dreaming and reading about Downe and his 'hellion' but sad there isn't a trilogy so we get Viscount Seymour too!!!
Paranormal Affair
This book was not my cup of tea. Alec the Duke of Belmore, which we are continually reminded of his title, is an ass! He is nothing but a curt bully. Joy, a Scottish witch who cant control her powers, would be likeable if not for her naïve and weak ways with Alec. This could have been a modern day emotionally abusive relationship and is disguised as a 18th century love story in Bewitching.

Bewitching does have a few funny moments and I did find my self laughing a few times in this book. However,
Wonderful story telling!

this book was an enjoyable emotional rollercoaster! There were lots of comical and heart warming parts that made me want to find out more!
Lindsey Pena
Loved it! I laughed and cried through the whole thing!!
Loved loved loved this book! I'm generally not a big fan of historical romances, but this one had a very modern feel. I love that the lead male character was realistic. He didn't fall head over heels in love with the female lead right off the bat; it took time. To me, that's realistic.
Mallory Dodge
I did end up finishing it. I'm no quitter, people! I found it was a lot easier to finish when i started skipping a couple pages every time Joy would see anything new. I swear it was like she spent her whole life under a rock, instead of actually being from the neighboring country of Scotland. I don't care about all the splendor of all the things that are of no consequence to the story. Her descriptions of things just never ended. I get that she's a positive character who finds "Joy" (real origin ...more
Amanda Benkoski
I have to agree with the most recent review. The book started off feeling disjointed and utterly rushed. There was no continuity and I felt like I was being tossed around while the writer desperately grasped for pacing and to connect the reader with the characters. Sadly the only characters that I somewhat connected with had supporting roles. The two main characters felt cold and flat, as if the writer did not even know their hopes or dreams. About a chapter in I had to drag myself through the r ...more
I won't say much, except that this book is a perfect Sunday read.
Unik, soalnya Heroinenya seorang witch. Tapi Heronya super-jerk. Menjelang akhir novel dia baru nyadar kalo dia cinta sama Heroinenya. Yah, secara ga langsung memang bukan salah si Hero sih. Soalnya dari kecil sampe gede dia dididik untuk jadi seorang proper Duke, dan hasilnya pas gede dia tumbuh menjadi seorang Duke yang bukan cuma arogan, tapi juga menutup diri dan hatinya terhadap siapa saja. Ibaratnya Hero yang ini beneran sedingin kulkas. Meski begitu, saya suka karakterisasi Joy--si witch ...more
Kelly Peterson
I really enjoyed this book and would like to read the others that she wrote with this series. Every once and a while the Duke got a little high and mighty but then all of a sudden he did a 180. It wasn't very believable but the heroines antics kept you on your toes and laughing the entire book. The author writes with some lovely humor. :-)

The book starts out with Lannie, the witch, doing a traveling spell that goes awry and lands in the dukes lap in the middle of the road. One magical mishap lea
TRAMA: Joy MacQuarrie è scozzese ed è una strega. Alec, duca di Castlemaine, è inglese ed è un uomo razionale e severo. In pratica non hanno niente in comune. Eppure quando, per un banale errore nella formula magica che dovrebbe trasportarla nel Surrey, Joy piomba in testa ad Alec, lui fa la prima cosa irrazionale della sua vita: sposarla. Per poi pentirsene già la prima notte di nozze. Abituato com’è ad avere tutto sotto controllo, Alec avrà il suo bel daffare per resistere al piano di Joy: far ...more
Just what the world needs - an inept witch with a Pollyanna complex. Coupled with a cold, unbending arse of a Hero, naturally. There must be some unwritten rule in Romancelandia that all pollyannas must be paired with an ice cube.

I could actually stand this pollyanna because she was pretty entertaining. The H however, was almost unredeemable. It may have been his yelling at her that his only mistake was marrying her. Ouch. Or it may have been his habit of becoming the cold, imperious arse every
Holly Dietor
I just finished this book; it was the Amazon special of the day.

Did I love it? Not really. Did I enjoy reading it? Yes. It's an enjoyable read that is not really deep, and more than a bit predictable but I liked the female character very much and eventually came to accept the male character as the foil that helps the female expand and grow.

Here's the thing: I started to hate reading. Why? Because I stopped enjoying it just for the sake of reading. Everything I picked up had to be something that
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