Thursday, August 9, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Calypso Magic by Catherine Coulter

Author: Catherine Coulter
First published in1988 by Onyx
Audiobook by Brilliance Corp in 2012

It is 1813 in London. The Earl of Saint Leven, Lyonel Ashton, doesn't like women, and he's got every reason not to. But fate, in the guise of Aunt Lucia, intervenes. She presents him with Diana Savarol, a young lady newly arrived from her family's Caribbean island and very unhappy at being forced into frigid England and tossed headlong into the marriage market.  When Diana insists upon returning home, she doesn't expect to have the earl share her cabin aboard ship. Then there's the ship's captain, Rafael Carstairs, who isn't just any ship captain sailing the seven seas. And on Savarol Island, there's a mystery to solve and wrongs to right.

This is the second in the Magic Trilogy by Catherine Coulter.  I enjoyed it was much as the first one.  Lyonel was first introduced in the first book in the trilogy, Midsummer Magic (read my review here).  Lyonel is a much more likable character than his friend, Hawk.   Diana is a great character.  She is headstrong and fiercely independent.  This causes all sorts of trouble for Lyonel.  The banter between Diana and Lyon is very amusing at times and I enjoyed their attraction. Their HEA was very sweet.

This one has a bit of a mystery and I was surprised at who the murderer turned out to be in the end. I had been thinking in a completely different direction. There are some other great characters in this installment.  The captain of the ship, Rafael Carstairs, seems very mysterious and I look forward to reading his story in the last of the trilogy, Moonspun Magic.

Anne Flosnik, the narrator, did an excellent job with the audiobook.  You don't have to have read the first one in order to know what is going on, so if you missed this one, I highly recommend it!

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