Against the Magic
by Donna K. Weaver
Published by Emerald Arch Publishing
Genres: Clean Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: England Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: High-School/Young Adult, Adults
Reese Hamilton has big plans to help make the world a better place and a new job lined up to help her do it. Before starting work, she heads to England for a Regency immersive experience. She doesn’t expect her best friend to invite her heart-destroying brother to join them. Two years hasn’t been long enough for Reese to forget him. Then fae magic rips them back to 1850. It’s a time when women have few rights. It’s also a time when a determined woman could make a difference, with the right man at her side. Reese finds she will have to choose between two men and two times.
Jem Taylor messed up big when he walked away from Reese to pursue his dream job. He hasn’t been able to forget her and jumps at his sister’s invitation. Suddenly hurtled into Victorian England, he has the chance to woo Reese again. But to do it, he’ll have to fight the magic that brought her to 1850 and an Earl with the means to keep her there.
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This time-travel romance takes place mostly in Victorian England. While I won’t tell you how Reese and Jem end up traveling in time, I will say that the way it was done was not ridiculous.
Jem is the kind of brother who reads Regency romances so he can have things to talk about with his sister. And who goes on a Regency immersive experience with her and her friends, though that might not be as selfless a motive as it might seem. But he is handsome and kind and caring, which makes him pretty great as a hero.
Reese is very much a strong, modern, independent woman who loves to work for causes she believes in. With a background in medical things and a heart for helping people reach their potential, she is quite a dynamo. Add to that her propensity to speak her mind and not hold back and she is quite a fish out of water in England (in the past).
It was interesting to read about the deplorable conditions that the Earl’s tenants lived in because I am convinced that they were well researched and not based just on the author’s imagination. As a word of warning, I don’t suggest you read this book while you are eating. 🙂
There were some strong messages in the book about not conforming to the world around you but living to make a difference, and that women should be defined by who they are, not by what is expected of them.
And just a quick note of warning that there was a teensy bit of violence involving men attacking a woman to “compromise” her, but unless this is a trigger for you, I don’t believe it was enough to be a problem.