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Forbidden Magic by Jo Beverley
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Feb 06, 2011

really liked it

Forbidden Magic by Jo Beverly
Historical Romance -Feb 1st, 2011
4 stars

Meg Gillingham is running out of money and time. After her parents death, she has done all she could to keep her four siblings clothed and fed. Unfortunately, her landlord is demanding her little sister as mistress in exchange for rent. Meg has to find a solution within the week or all five of them will be homeless on New Year’s Day. In desperation, Meg uses the magic statue that has been in their family for generations - the sheelagh-na-gigs. This paganistic magic statue always grants wishes, but every wish comes with a price. Miraculously on New Year’s Eve, the Earl of Saxonhurst offers to marry her! Meg accepts, but before long, she can’t help but wonder what the price for her wish will be? Will it be too high for Meg to pay?

Forbidden Magic is an interesting read. When Meg has no choice but to use the statue, I can’t help thinking what will go wrong? Apparently many things, especially if there’s a murderous countess dowager involved in the plot. Towards the end, the story got a bit out of hand between Meg being accused of murder and being kidnapped by the earl’s evil grandmother. Thankfully, the Earl of Saxonhurst, is an entertaining character who is eccentric and funny enough to keep the book from being weighted down by Meg’s pessimism.

An interesting read, Forbidden Magic is full of twist and turns that will satisfy readers looking for a Regency romance with surprises.

Reviewed by Pauline from the Bookaholics Romance Club

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