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5* Review The Dress – Eve Devon – Magical Weddings

MagicalWeddings-SetCover4721790_origPoppy - BlurbTwo couples, 400 years apart. From a masquerade ball in Venice 1615 to a wedding in England 2015, can a dress laced with magic weave its spell through the fabric of time?

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Like the beautiful lace dress featured; this story is an intricate weave of contemporary, historical and paranormal. Four hundred years, separates the characters but they share more than similar names. Both stories are interesting with vivid imagery drawn together by a shared magical theme. The romance is sweet and the plot captivating, making this a fairytale read.

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Her Wedding Wager – Leigh Michaels – Magical Weddings

WeddingWager-cover webPoppy - BlurbUnless Celia can marry a titled gentleman before Lady Stone’s house party ends, she’ll end up in an arranged marriage with her distant cousin Simon. It’s Simon who’s wagered she can’t win the most important bet of her life, so why is he the only one who can hold her attention?
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This story epitomises Regency England. Celia, the intelligent heroine who can’t see what is under her nose. Simon, the dashing, if slightly cynical hero, a tableau of demure ladies seeking wealth and title pursued by well heeled gentleman seeking dowry and the perfect society wife. There is intrigue and deception; it seems some will go to any lengths to achieve their goal. A scandalous wager between our hero and heroine adds spice to the house party,  which has a lovely happy ending.

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Leigh shares with us, Magical Weddings’ beginnings…

As a writing teacher, I’ve always been fascinated at the results when I give a writing prompt to a group of authors. There are as many different directions and interpretations – and stories – as there are writers in the group, and the creativity always astounds me.
So when the idea of Magical Weddings was proposed, I knew it was going to be a winner. Each story in this collection of 15 enchanting happily-ever-afters involves something magical, either real or metaphorical, and a wedding. But all 15 are dramatically different.

In this boxed set there is something for everyone – from historical to contemporary and from witches and ghosts to the enchantment of eyes meeting across a crowded room.

Whether real or only in the hearts of the bride and groom, the magic of weddings is undeniable, and irresistible – as these 15 enchanting happily-ever-afters by bestselling and award-winning authors prove. From sweet to spicy, the romances bundled into Magical Weddings cross time and unite hearts, cast spells of laughter, battle wedding jitters and fight back tears, while weaving love’s hopeful magic throughout 1400 pages.

Apart from Leigh Michaels’ Her Wedding Wager, you can enjoy stories from:

The Last Wedding at Drayhome (Breens Mist Witches) by Aileen Harkwood, author of paranormal and fantasy romance. Never underestimate the power of a witch and warlock in love who have nothing left to lose.

The Dress by Eve Devon. Two couples, 400 years apart. From a masquerade ball in Venice 1615 to a wedding in England 2015, can a dress laced with magic weave its spell through the fabric of time?

Second Chance Bride by Raine English, USA Today bestselling and Award-winning author. She thinks she’s marrying the man of her dreams, until a telepathic rescue dog leads her to someone else… Will this bride-to-be say “I do” to the wrong man?

Two Hearts Surrendered by Tamara Ferguson, Bestselling and Award-winning author. After years of fighting their feelings, Kelly and Luke share a night of passion at her sister’s wedding. But will one night of enchantment be strong enough magic for Luke to surrender his heart to the woman he loves – once this military hero returns home as a disheartened wounded warrior?

Something Borrowed, Something Blue by Lynda Haviland. She has a wedding to crash–until love gets in the way!

Heart of the Secret (Witches of Lane County) by Jody A. Kessler, Bestselling and Award-winning author of new adult paranormal romance. A 500 year-old curse, a witch who will do anything to marry her one true love, and the heart of a secret that will either divide them or bring them together…forever.

The Jealous Love of a Scoundrel by Jane Lark, National bestselling author of Regency historical and new adult romance. How do you fight a calling that comes from your soul?

A Wedding Across the Winds of Time by Bess McBride, National bestselling author of time travel romance. Darius and Molly found each other Across the Winds of Time. Now, it’s time for their wedding!

Kiss This by L.L. Muir, National bestselling and Award-winning author. You never expect the florist to catch the bouquet…

Caution is a Virtue by Jennifer Gilby Roberts, author of Regency romance and women’s fiction. How much is too much to risk for love?

Loving Lindy by Jan Romes. In order to become the bank’s new Vice President, Gunther Justin has to be “settled.” With Lindy McPherson posing as his fiancé everything is set to go off without a hitch–until real feelings get in the way.

With this Kiss by Heather Thurmeier. Can a simple kiss under the Bridge of Sighs wield enough magic to reunite former lovers, or will what happens in Vegas simply stay in Vegas?

Real Magic by Elsa Winckler. She’s the bridesmaid, he’s a best man. Will the magical evening stay just that or will it turn out to be real after all?

The Wedding Guests (A Tassamara Short Story) by Sarah Wynde. When unexpected guests attend Akira and Zane’s wedding, lives will change forever. But for better or for worse?

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Real Magic – Elsa Winckler- Inspiration – Magical Weddings

I really like the inspiration behind ‘Real Magic’ by Elsa Winckler, another charming story from the Magical Wedding series.

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Poppy - BlurbAs a sous chef in a busy restaurant, Carly’s days are full. Her free time is taken up by baking cakes for those less fortunate and spending time with friends and family – she is not looking for love.
And then on her way to her cousin’s wedding an angry, gorgeous man with one blue and one brown eye nearly runs her over in the street. And she remembers a previous wedding twenty-two years ago when the family psychic predicted that she would one day marry a man with one eye the colour of the sky and one the colour of chocolate.
When the man who almost ran her over turns out to be the best man the evening becomes surreal. Carly knows, though, that whatever she is feeling isn’t real. She has already lost her one shoe, by tomorrow her Prince Charming will be gone, she’ll be back in her kitchen and the magic will have disappeared.

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So what’s the inspiration behind Elsa’s Cinderella fairy-tale?

‘I live in South Africa, a beautiful country with so many possibilities and so many wonderful, creative people in it.  I read an article about someone who, instead of complaining, tries to do her little bit to improve the lives of those less fortunate. And what she can do, is to bake. So each day she bakes a cake, goes out to those less fortunate and gives them a cake, because, as she says in her blog – everyone deserves cake made with love!
And of course, this had me thinking – what if …

She’s a bridesmaid, he’s a best man. Will the magical evening stay just that or will it turn out to be real after all? Carley has already lost her one shoe, by tomorrow her Prince Charming will be gone, she’ll be back in her kitchen and the magic will have disappeared. Or not?

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  This story is truly magical right from the start. A chance meeting makes Carley remember something from her past and Brett is similarly affected. Serendipity makes them meet up at Carley’s cousin’s wedding and the real magic begins to weave its spell. Like a modern day Cinderella fairy tale, the story unfolds and there is a romantic happy ending, what more could you ask for? It seems Carley’s good deeds, baking cakes for those who cannot afford them makes her the perfect candidate for a fairy tale wedding of her own.

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