Review & Contest: A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner

A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Publisher:  Sourcebooks
Pages: 351
Source:  Publisher

Rules Are Made to be Disobeyed…

Sophia Thorne is new to the Regency’s glittering high society, which resembles her magical homeland only insofar as both places are filled with ridiculous rules. Which means no matter where she goes, she’s bound for trouble…

And Scandals Are Meant to be Shocking…

The Duke of Robinsworth has flaunted and shocked society for years. In a moment of fateful mischief, Robinsworth encounters the enchanting and distinctly scandalous Sophia. Between her streak of magical mischief and his penchant for scandal, they’re about to take rule-breaking to a whole new level…


Review:  As a lover of historical romance, but not having read many with paranormal elements, I’ll admit that I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this book. But, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this magical romp through Regency England.

Sophia is a mission fairy. Her mission has something to do with the Duke of Robinsworth’s family, but the reader doesn’t get the complete picture until more than halfway through the story, so I won’t spoil it. But in order to complete her mission, Sophia’s grandmother engineers a meeting between Sophia and Ashley (the duke) and then an invitation to a house party at the duke’s estate. The two were attracted to each other in that first meeting and it continues and grows during the party.

Ashley, the Duke of Robinsworth, was accused of killing his first wife and has basically become a recluse, hiding out at his estate with his young daughter. The few times he’s gone out in society, people are scared of him or gossip about him, so when he meets Sophia and she doesn’t care about his reputation and the gossip, he’s intrigued. And it helps that she also seems to have the magic touch with his willful child.

I really liked both Ashley and Sophia. They were unique and well developed. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of Sophia’s magic being used, but with all the different fairies and other magical creatures (like Ronald the garden gnome) it helped with the fantasy setting of the story. But outside of being told Sophia is a fairy and one or two instances of magic until the climax of the story, she could have just been any other person. Since her heritage was important, I think it could only help the story to have been made even more obvious. And Ashley wasn’t your cookie-cutter rogue or alpha male. He was a bit more… human, which was a refreshing change.

That said, I enjoyed the book and couldn’t put it down until it was done. The world building was solid and the cast was filled with memorable characters. The laugh out loud moment was when Ashley’s practically deaf grandmother made an appearance… well, you’ll have to read the book to see why I was in stitches.

I can’t wait to see if Ms Falkner is going to write a sequel, as it was definitely left open for stories around the siblings of Ashley and Sophia. Thank you Ms Falkner for an entertaining tale!




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4 thoughts on “Review & Contest: A Lady and Her Magic by Tammy Falkner

  1. Barbara Elness says:

    If I were a Regency miss, I’d kiss a handsome rake in the garden during a ball, and of course there would be witnesses.

  2. Sarah says:

    Maybe I would shock society like Lyon and Christina did in The Lyon’s Lady when Lyon realized his coach was still out front of Christina’s home and the damage was done, he stood barechested in the doorway waving to the all the busybodies passing by. 🙂

  3. JoAnne says:

    I would probably go after my man and not wait to be introduced. We would talk and chat in public – at a ball, in the park, in the gardens.

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