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Book Review-The Magic Of You by Johanna Lindsey

by | Apr 10, 2017 | Book Reviews | 13 comments

Book Review-The Magic Of You by Johanna Lindsey

Book Review-The Magic Of You by Johanna LindseyThe Magic of You by Johanna Lindsey
Also in this series: That Perfect Someone, Love Only Once, Tender Rebel, Gentle Rogue, Say You Love Me, The Present, Beautiful Tempest
Series: Malory-Anderson Family #4
Published by Avon on July 19th 2011
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 436
Format: Paperback
Source: Self Purchased
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As wild and reckless as the most incorrigible of her male cousins, Amy Malory has reached a marriageable age and has set her sights on a most inappropriate mate: the straight-laced American ship captain who once nearly had her Uncle James hung for piracy.
Warren Anderson is shocked by the brazen advances of his despised enemy's beautiful niece. Though determined to resist her, he burns for the enchanting British minx. And an impassioned heart implores him to surrender to a love that could stoke the smouldering fires of a family feud into a dangerous, all consuming blaze.


Amy Malory is soon to turn eighteen years old, and as the younger of her siblings, she is ready to find a husband. But she knows the man she will marry, even if he doesn’t realize it….Warren Anderson. She has “feelings” and her feeling stronger than ever is that he is her future mate but she must convince him first, and she knows it won’t be easy. Warren Anderson is bitter over the past and lost his faith in women except for his sister Georgie. When visiting his sister for the birth of his future niece, he is bowled over by the appearance of Amy Malory. At first Warren, doesn’t think much of this young lady who is way too young for him, but when she begins to pursue him very persistently, he knows he is in deep trouble, because she could make him love again and Warren isn’t sure he could handle it a second time and being burned again. But Amy is determined to bring love and laughter back into Warren’s life no matter what it takes…

The Hero

Warren, is the second oldest in the Anderson family. He takes his responsibilities to his family and their shipping company very seriously. Warren has always had a temper, but was once not as cyncial and bitter as he is now. He once fell in love but the woman he loved married another man, his bitter rival and his baby was claimed by another man. Ever since, Warren has never been able to move past what happened and refuses to trust in another woman. Warren is a hero that is gruff and rugged, and has some hard edges. But is loyal and has a soft underbelly, if you get to the core of him. And he does have a wild temper, and anything sets him off, but its very amusing.

The Heroine

Amy Malory, is the daughter of Edward and Charlotte Malory. She is one of the most gifted of all the family. She wins on EVERY single bet she makes, and she “sense” certain things and the family has learned never to bet against her. She knows that Warren is her future, but she also knows that she is in the battle for her life with him. Amy is sweet and loveable, but bubbly and charming and can make just about anything feel lighter and happy. She has the type of personality that everyone wants to be around. She is probably one of my favorite characters of the whole series. I love how easy going she is, but at the same time is tough as nails as well.

Plot and Story Line

Oh The Magic of You, I will admit that I don’t get a chance to read this book as often as the others. I really wanted to read this one, and had to hunt down a physical copy, because I want this whole series on my bookshelf and I finally found a copy after searching at all the local “Half Price Books” locations and finally found a copy, so I wouldn’t have to buy it full price. $3 is alot better than $8. And I couldn’t wait to get started with this book, which is one of my favorites and one of the more unique of books that Lindsey has written, or even in the historical romance genre. This story is where our heroine is the one doing the chasing and what a chase she does. She is pretty determined, this little minx and I loved her to death.

“You’re quite sure you don’t want to take advantage of these nice, soft seats? I know my younger uncles would never have passed up such an opportunity.”
“Shut up, Amy.”
“My cousins either. Derek and Jeremy would have a lady’s skirts–was

She clucked her tongue. “You’re sounding more and more like a bloody prude, Warren.”
“And you’re sounding more and more like a dockside whore,” he bit out.

Throughout the series we see more evidence of the power of her special “gift”. In the beginning of this story, we see how long she has waited for Warren to return. She “knows” that he is for her. At first though, she acts pretty shy, which is unusual for her character, but Warren is a pretty intimidating hero. Not easy to get along with and very stubborn. Warren is actual the hardest to like out of all the Anderson siblings especially when it comes to the Malory brothers. But Warren is blown over by Amy and her determination to see them together. But Warren can’t help but start to feel again whenever he is around her.

What I truly enjoyed about this book was seeing how creative Amy gets just to give Warren some laughter and passion in his life. And she is honestly the best heroine for Warren. I love that Amy never gives up on Warren, no matter how many times he tries to put her off, and it does pay off in the end though. We also see some fun antics from other characters. We have the births of Anthony and James’ children, both girls and both will be characters in later books in the series. We have some fun times with Jeremy and Percy again, and yeah Percy still cracks me up every time I read his character. And we do get a fun bet between Jeremy and Amy–which is common between them. But Jeremy should know better, and I did like seeing how close knit these two cousins are again. We also see more of Edward and Charlotte, which we don’t see enough of in my opinion, so I like seeing more of them. What really makes you fall in love with this book is seeing the way these two find their happy ever after, which isn’t easy especially with an enemy of Warren coming back and cause more complications. This story is guaranteed to leave you with a smile and a tear in your eye. Simply loving reconnecting with this rambunctious and crazy fun family.

”I want you, Warren Anderson”

The Cover

There are multiple variations to this cover over the years, but this one is definitely my favorite, I love the house on the cliff…very dramatic which fits the story so well.

Overall View

The Magic Of You is wild and sexy and entertaining. Its a romance that will keep you guessing, laughing at the oddest moments, and sweep you off your feet. Be prepared to fall head over heels in love with these Malory’s and Andersons and most especially this unique couple that captivates hearts and smiles.

“You aren’t going to be fighting with Uncle James anymore, are you?”

“Wouldn’t think of it. Now that he’s going to be my uncle, too, I’ve decided to show him nothing but respect”

“Good God. He’ll murder you”

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About Johanna Lindsey

Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becoming a young housewife. The marriage had three children; Alfred, Joseph and Garret, who already have made her a grandmother. After her husband's death, Johanna moved to Maine, New England, to stay near her family.

Johanna Lindsey wrote her first book, Captive Bride in 1977 "on a whim", and the book was a success. By 2006, with over 58 Million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, with translations appearing in 12 languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of historical romance.

Johanna's books span the various eras of history, including books set in the Middle Ages, the American "Old West" and the popular Regency England-Scotland. She has even written a few sci-fi romances. By far the most popular among her books are the stories about the Malory-Anderson Family, a Regency England saga.

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  1. Blodeuedd

    I read a few Lindsey in the days before GR, but…no idea which ones

  2. Quinn's Book Nook

    I have never read anything by Lindsey. Such a bad romance lover, huh? I’m sort of nervous. But I’m so glad you had a great time with this one again.

  3. Anna@herding cats&burning soup

    Oh yes. I need to give Lindsey a try. I have a copy of That Perfect Someone on the shelves somewhere, I know. These two sound pretty fun!

  4. Joyousreads

    Oh, I just love being ensconced in a series like this one! Amy sounds like a hoot. 😀

  5. Carole's Random Life

    I don’t think I have ever read Johanna Lindsey. How is that even possible? I do like the sound of this one. Great review!

  6. Lily B

    you are totally on the role with this series 😀 glad you are enjoying this so much. I love a fiesty heroine who isn’t afraid to go after what she wants

  7. Ann Lorz

    I use to read her books over and over again. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve fallen very far behind on them. I still buy them, I just haven’t read them in a while. I really need to do so.

  8. Cyn @ Bookmunchies

    Yay! This definitely sounds fantastic! I’m happy to hear the heroine was one of your fave character! I really do need to read more Lindsey, sounds like this my next read! Awesome review!

  9. Heidi

    It’s nice to hear that an older book like this still stand up to the test of time. I like the sound of the heroine.

  10. Carol Cork

    Renee, I used to be a avid Johanna Lindsey fan when I first started reading Historical Romance but, over the years, I moved on to other authors. I would love to read this series all over again but it’s finding the time. Perhaps, one day when I give up blogging and reviewing!

  11. Michele H

    I still need to pick this one up. I’ve read a few others in the series and loved them. Amy and Warren sound like a perfect–and perfectly entertaining–pair. 🙂 Just as you would expect from Johanna Lindsey!


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