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The Marriage Spell

(Stone Saints #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,243 ratings  ·  125 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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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published May 30th 2006)
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Phylisha Stone No second and third book. Go to Mary Jo Putnam's website for an explanation as to why there wasn't a second and third book about his friends. It sucks…moreNo second and third book. Go to Mary Jo Putnam's website for an explanation as to why there wasn't a second and third book about his friends. It sucks.(less)

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Feb 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
A historical romance with a paranormal twist.

Abigail is a skilled wizard who has been in love from afar with Jack, a nobleman who visits the area for hunting.

When Jack get seriously injured in a hunting accident, Abigail agrees to try to heal him, if he agrees to marry her if she succeeds.

Jack, who had been conditioned to hate anything relating to magic, is wary about marrying a wizard, but having given his word, he does go through with the marriage, (view spoiler)
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this low-key Marriage of convenience storyline and the two romantic conflicts -- one internal where the hero has to come to terms with his prejudice against wizards and marrying one -- and one external where the h&h have to work together to overcome an enemy.

Listened on audio and Simon Prebble (who is always a great listen) did the story justice.
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
Jul 07, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
This book was so fun! It was sort of a combination of one of a Lisa Kleypas "Wallflower" books and Harry Potter. I am a HUGE magic fan (especially with a fun, lighthearted tone) so this book had me at abracadabra (although they never said anything so cliche.) The heroine is strong, practical, kind and admirable. The hero is sexy, somewhat inexperienced in bed which is charming, fallible, and his evolution is interesting. The two have a spicy chemistry and sweet romantic tension. I love it when t ...more
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
As much as I love Mary Jo Putney this book simply was not for me.Something is missing and the ending was rushed. Now you are in the middle of the storm expecting something 'whoa!' to happen...before you know it the book just ends with an unnecessary prologue.
2.5 stars
L.G.C. Smith
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“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 nurt
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
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(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
Dec 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Oct 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, historical
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.
Oct 27, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Jennifer Rayment
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting mix of magic and historical romance. I liked the premise a lot. My main objection is how quickly and easily all of the conflicts were worked out. Like magic! it would have been a more interesting read with a little more struggle.
Such a happy, fluffy read. I rather enjoyed this after half a year slaving away over my master's thesis.
I've been a big fan of Mary Jo Putney's since her early Regency romance days (the little thin ones, not her later full length novels). When I saw this series and that she was adding magical/paranormal elements - SOLD!

And I have to say, she didn't disappoint! This is an extremely well done marriage of historical romance and fantasy (and marriage between the hero and heroine - even if it was a marriage of convenience). Jack Langdon, Lord Frayne, one of Wellington's officers is on a hunt when he fa
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's interesting when authors mash-up genres. I like the mixture of having magic in the regency romance genre. Abby is a plucky heroine with a magical gift for healing -- in (unrequited) love with Jack after bumping into him outside a shop several years ago (yay chemistry!). Jack is handsome viscount with a gorgeous circle of friends -- all of whom showed potential for magic, and so attended the same school (said school suppressed their magical abilities). When Jack is mortally wounded in a hunt ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good paranormal mystery. It takes place in England, where there are witches and wizards who serve as healers or other helpers. The aristocracy looks down on them and if their children show any magic ability, they are sent to Stonebridge Academy, where magic is beaten out of them. The romance is between Jack Langdon, a graduate of Stonebridge, and Abigail Barton, a skilled healer. When Jack suffers a horrible accident near her home, his friends bring him to her for healing. She must use ...more
Anna Bowling
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Paranormals are often a hard sell for me, and I wasn't sure at first, how well magic was going to fit into the classic Mary Jo Putney style. Rather well, as it turns out, though I didn't connect as strongly as I had hoped, but the romance between Jack and Abby holds strong. Abby has loved Jack for years, but it takes both a near-death experience (his) and magical healing powers (hers) to bring a nobleman raised to hate magic, and a wizard who finds it as natural as breathing, together. Once they ...more
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Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Admiring the hero from afar, never in her wildest dreams did the heroine ever imagine fate would bring him to her. Yet when he's mortally injured falling off his horse, his friends bring his body to the local witch's house in hopes that magic will be able to save his life. The heroine may be strong but to fix his spinal cord, head wound and broken leg is more than she can take on herself. Yet his friends are desperate for a miracle. So, on a whim, not truly expecting to succeed, she says that if ...more
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one - I've tried other romance novels with fantasy elements and had mixed results. But I rather enjoyed it! The plot was nicely balanced with the characters. Both fantasy and romantic elements worked well together. And the audiobook was lovely. Simon Prebble is highly regarded as one of the best audiobook narrators and there is a reason for it.

I look forward to more!

EDIT: And in doing some digging, I found out that there probably won't be more in this serie
I enjoyed the story for its blend of fantasy and romance and for it's low-angst plot. But I also felt like *way* too many problems were solved by magic (and especially by the Magic of Love): by the end, not just the central romance but basically everything in every non-evil character's life is birds-singing-sun-shining perfect, which feels ... wrong ... to me. Also not that into the writing style.
Phylisha Stone
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really, really, really enjoyed this book featuring Abby and Jack and was greatly looking forward to Ransom and Ashby's stories. According to MJP the publisher at that time didn't want her to do another book with supernatural elements. I just know that Abby's friend Judith would have ended up with on of his friends. I think Judith would have been a great lead. Oh well.
Rhea Milner
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love that it was Abby who proposed marriage and not Jack. He's cool and all but his hate of magic put me off for a bit until Abby found out what happened was just a spell blocking his self. It still hurt when he thought Abby was bespelling him.
At least, he finally recognized Abby as someone he loved and couldn't live without. That was what had saved it for me. An awesome read.
Angelica Morado-Young
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mary-jo-putney
I did really liked this book! It is an interesting story! The part about healing magic and how the plot develops was intriguing too.
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She writes young adult fiction as M.J. Putney.

Mary Jo Putney was born on 1946 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 com

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