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Joy la strega (Bewitching and Dreaming #1)

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  2,506 Ratings  ·  239 Reviews
Joy MacQuarrie ha degli strani poteri paranormali. Arrivata da poco in Inghilterra, è subito affascinata dal duca di Castlemaine che, abbandonato dalla fidanzata, non perde tempo e- sposa Joy per ripicca Dopo il matrimonio, però, Joy non può fare a meno di mettere in'pratica le sue capacità,' creando situazioni molto equivoche. Il duca è furibondo e, per evitare lo scandal ...more
283 pages
Published August 2004 by Mondadori, I Romanzi (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
FicTalk Blog
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-in-2011
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
Jenny Johnson
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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!
Dec 15, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I got to 42% mark before deciding to dnf it. So, I can't tell you if it gets any better but the first half was rather boring and silly. The heroine is a witch, who has a lot of power but hasn't learned how to use it properly. After several painful tries you would hope she stops, but no. She blunders and dabbles with the magic and makes situations ten times more awful. And after every disaster she is so sure that next time she will get it right.
The hero is a rich duke, who is dumped by his almos
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim H
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keeper
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Scandal (Scandalicious Book Reviews)
4.5 stars

Loved it so much we discussed it for book club this month!

I love witches, I love humor, I love historicals and apparently, I love cold hearted, unloved Dukes that say terrible things because they don't know how to love.

So good!
Judi Fennell
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reread for the book club pick this month. I remembered not liking it much and now I remember why. Alec is extremely emotionally abusive. Joy is intensely child like and annoying.
Megan B
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The story was promising but little problems kept pulling me out of it.

"Quicker than a pig's whisker"- Erm, what? Is that a common phrase elsewhere, cause I'm not aware of pigs having whiskers. Sad, too, since I grew up around farms and should know that. Regardless, what does that have to do with swiftness?

"Alec never knew what hit him. One minute he was walking back to his carriage from the thick woods..." It fails to explain why he was in the woods to begin with. Mother nature, perhaps, but ag
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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,
I really kind of liked this regency about how the arrogant, unfeeling, icy Duke of Belmore hastily marries Joy, a beautiful young woman he meets unexpectedly in the middle of a dirt road one night in the country. Little does he know she's a witch and that she had inadvertently zapped herself there by mistake. Although she does tell him before they consummate their marriage that she is a witch, and he (expectedly) freaks over it, they manage to remain married and deal with it. He, at first, is st ...more
This was my first book by Jill Barnett, and it will not be my last. I enjoyed Jill Barnett's writing style and the characters were engaging and fun. This book is about two lonely people Alec the cold hard lord of Belmore and the sweet young bumbling witch Joyous MacQuarrie, who tugged at his heartstrings and made his organized boring world go crazy. The adventures they have are hilarious and yet in a way very sad. It is fun to see how Joy wiggles her way into Alex's heart and how he's helpless t ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I love this book. I reread it all the time. That tells you it's good.

It's cute, it's funny, charming, silly, romantic, sexy.

Joy is a silly, clumsy, innocent witch, who is really bad at controlling her magic. Accidents abound when she uses her magic.

Alec is stiff upper lip British lord who never shows emotion. And never has any problems in life. Never....until Joy. (swoon).

Swoon-worthy sweet romance.
Eternal Gypsy
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-escape
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!
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!
Geo Marcovici
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un duce rigid, o Vrajitoare scoțiana cu tulburări de concentrare... Amuzament si emoție in aceeasi carte. O carte foarte frumoasa!
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Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't say much, except that this book is a perfect Sunday read.
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New York Times Bestselling Author Jill Barnett is master storyteller known for her beautifully-written love stories rich with humor, emotion, and poignancy. She is the winner of Lifetime Achievement Awards for Love and Laughter and Historical Romance and is a six-time Romance Writers of America RITA nominee and winner of both a Persie Award for Literature and a Waldenbooks Award. Her books have be ...more
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