||Jan 1 2002
2003 EPPIE Finalist! An old woman gives skeptical Amanda a magical coin. It couldn't possible work, but then how else can she explain her sudden good fortune?
Susanne Marie Knight
All About The Magic Token
An old woman gives skeptical Amanda a magical coin. It couldn't possibly work, but then how else can she explain her sudden good fortune? The very man who captured her heart years ago appears, offering a position as governess. But how can she endure being near to a man so beyond her reach?
Marcus, Duke of Yarborough, is burdened by family and political responsibilities. A chance meeting throws him together with the engaging sprite from his past, causing him to reevaluate his beliefs. For once in his life, the call of love beckons far stronger than duties and obligations. 2003 EPPIE Finalist!
Clearing his throat, Marcus handed her the basket. “You’d best be getting home, my moppet. Shall I escort you?”
“No, thank you kindly. Do you also return to bed?” Amanda asked.
“Ah, I am doomed to wander the woods ‘til sleep comes to claim me. You see, dear Mandy, I suffer from insomnia. That is why I happen to be out at this ungodly hour.”
He took a step away from her, then bowed. “‘Tis of no import. My thanks for a diverting evening.”
An unfamiliar ache settled over her heart. She did not understand it; nor could she explain it. For some unknown reason, she did not want Marcus to leave. “Wait! I have something that might help you.”
She pulled a small pouch from her basket. “Steep this in boiling water—chamomile tea lets you sleep.”
Marcus’ grin made him appear younger than his years. “What’s this? Are you a traveling apothecary?”
“I want to heal people when I grow up,” she mumbled at her bare toes. No one ever took her ambition seriously.
He accepted the pouch, then lifted her chin. “A noble aspiration. However, I do believe you are already grown up, while I, on the other hand, have a long way to go.”
To her surprise, he brushed his warm lips against her cheek. “I will remember tonight... and your kindness forever.” He turned and walked away.
Amanda skimmed her fingertips across her cheek. Goodness, Midsummer Eve really was a magical night.
She glanced back in his direction, but he had disappeared into the darkness. Humming a little ditty, she skipped down the dirt path towards home. A sudden thought stopped her. What if Lydia’s spell worked? What if Amanda did see her future husband? After all, Marcus’ image had gazed up at her and he did have a certain appeal.
A broad smile stretched her face. Maybe she would see him in the morning.
Gloriously Magical and loads of fun!... Susanne Marie Knight has taken a magical plot device and whipped up a charming tale in THE MAGIC TOKEN. Her characters are full blown and interesting, while the minor characters add spice. Ms. Knight's writing is bright, and full of that Regency flavor readers enjoy. A sprightly romp which makes for a blast of a read!"
Reviewed by Sime-gen Reviews, Nan Doporto
“THE MAGIC TOKEN is an enchanting take on the Cinderella fairytale, complete with an evil step-mother and fairy godmother. This is a well-researched, well-written story with wonderful characterizations. The duke, who has overcome his abusive childhood, is a great hero and Amanda is a caring and compassionate herione. There was, also, a very pleasing secondary romance between the squire's son an dthe Portuguese woman's grandaughter. THE MAGIC TOKEN was a great Regency read, with some magical elements. If you like fairytales, give THE MAGIC TOKEN a try."
Reviewed by ParaNormalRomance Reviews, Marlene Breakfield
A Romance Review
"4 Roses! Ms. Knight was able to weave a tale of magic. The golden coin is suppose to bring the person good fortune but it seems good fortune for the book as well! This was a very lighthearted read and very easy to finish in one sitting -- so be prepared to spend time with this story from beginning to end!"
Reviewed by A Romance Review, Pam
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