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He broke her heart, and she never wanted to see him again. Now, they’re stranded together back in 1850. Reese thinks she’s gotten over Jem Taylor—until he finds a way to tag along on her trip to England with her friends. She’s far from pleased. It only gets worse when they’re ripped nearly two centuries into the past. Reese finds her heart, and her choices, pulled in two ve He broke her heart, and she never wanted to see him again. Now, they’re stranded together back in 1850. Reese thinks she’s gotten over Jem Taylor—until he finds a way to tag along on her trip to England with her friends. She’s far from pleased. It only gets worse when they’re ripped nearly two centuries into the past. Reese finds her heart, and her choices, pulled in two very different directions. Victorian England is not the setting Jem Taylor planned on to right his wrongs, but it will have to do. Choosing his job over Reese was the worst mistake he ever made, and he won't lose her again. But to win her heart back, he’ll have to fight the magic that brought her to that time—and an earl with the means to keep her there. Series Written in Twickenham World: ~Twickenham Full-Moon Ball Time Travel Romance by Donna K. Weaver ~Twickenham Manor Time Travel Romance by Jo Noelle ~Twickenham Time Travel Romance by Laura Bastian ~Twickenham Time Travel Regency Romances by Laura Beers ~Twickenham Regency Romance by Jen Geigle Johnson ~Twickenham Time Travel by Johanna Evelyn


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He broke her heart, and she never wanted to see him again. Now, they’re stranded together back in 1850. Reese thinks she’s gotten over Jem Taylor—until he finds a way to tag along on her trip to England with her friends. She’s far from pleased. It only gets worse when they’re ripped nearly two centuries into the past. Reese finds her heart, and her choices, pulled in two ve He broke her heart, and she never wanted to see him again. Now, they’re stranded together back in 1850. Reese thinks she’s gotten over Jem Taylor—until he finds a way to tag along on her trip to England with her friends. She’s far from pleased. It only gets worse when they’re ripped nearly two centuries into the past. Reese finds her heart, and her choices, pulled in two very different directions. Victorian England is not the setting Jem Taylor planned on to right his wrongs, but it will have to do. Choosing his job over Reese was the worst mistake he ever made, and he won't lose her again. But to win her heart back, he’ll have to fight the magic that brought her to that time—and an earl with the means to keep her there. Series Written in Twickenham World: ~Twickenham Full-Moon Ball Time Travel Romance by Donna K. Weaver ~Twickenham Manor Time Travel Romance by Jo Noelle ~Twickenham Time Travel Romance by Laura Bastian ~Twickenham Time Travel Regency Romances by Laura Beers ~Twickenham Regency Romance by Jen Geigle Johnson ~Twickenham Time Travel by Johanna Evelyn

30 review for Against the Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    This is part of a series where it looks like they're all written by different authors, but the stories take place simultaneously and the characters all know each other. All the characters go back in time at the same time, but they're kind of parallel from there. I imagine that took some planning and that care was taken not to spoil or present a preferred order. The frame is inherently interesting to me, what with a fey matriarch type overseeing a magical node that sometimes calls people from the This is part of a series where it looks like they're all written by different authors, but the stories take place simultaneously and the characters all know each other. All the characters go back in time at the same time, but they're kind of parallel from there. I imagine that took some planning and that care was taken not to spoil or present a preferred order. The frame is inherently interesting to me, what with a fey matriarch type overseeing a magical node that sometimes calls people from the future to find love. I really, really want that to turn into a changeling situation where if they decide to stay in 1850, she sends fey to take your place in the present. I won't mind if there's nothing more to it, though, because it's an interesting premise to pull a time-travel things together. See? I'm inventing stories just on the strength of the premise. So I kept with this way beyond I normally would given how irritating I found the protagonists. I was a little heartened that they didn't fight the obvious magic for very long or decide to play silly-buggers with the setting. I hate when characters fight the frame story because if I like the frame then I dislike them and if I dislike the frame then why am I reading the story, again? That said, while she doesn't fight the frame, Reese is a boor who can't keep herself from preaching hardline feminism and telling everybody how oppressive the patriarchy is and lamenting the powerlessness of women. She puts the absolute nastiest of interpretations on everything that happens and has that self-righteous attitude you get with missionaries and propagandists that gets right up my back even if I agree. Even as she's told "hey, pick your battles and you might actually have an effect" she constantly says things about how much better things are "where I come from" and talking about germs and calories and in general just can't be bothered to even think about attempting to fit into the place. So I kind of hated her and kept waiting for something to moderate her, internally or externally, but by the time I dnf'd (~50%) she's still completely unselfaware and nobody else seems to care that she's a walking pile of self-righteous disdain. All this while she's being the worst kind of passive female "whatever will I do about this guy who I like and maybe likes me too but he walked away from our one kiss two years ago and didn't reach out like is the guy's job to do so that we could see each other again and I definitely don't want to talk about anything important that might be between us because that's his job cause he's the guy!" So that left Jem. Only that dude is a complete waste of sensitive male as he can't bring himself to say obvious things to a woman he's "trying" to win. I mean, if you want her to think you're interested, you might start with "hey, you know that kiss? Yeah, I totally wanted to see if there's more and we can be a thing because I'd like us to be a thing." Only he waffles and does subtle things that he invests with significance and lets her overhear him being an idiot. So yeah, that's when I stopped. Two people wasting all their time being stupid who can't be bothered to do obvious things (like talk) and an author who resorts to the convenient overhearing of an out-of-context comment to send the "strong" female lead into flight had me finally stop trying. I'll probably check out another of the series because I still think there's potential in that frame story and maybe a different author will do a better job?

  2. 4 out of 5

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna Weaver

    I totally loved this story. Of course, I did, right? I wrote it. But I really grew to love these characters. Reese is so feisty and Jem is so right for her--once they get over their own fears and hurts. And Lady Ellen and her brother, Earl Gareth Hildebrand? These two are totally getting their own books! ETA: I've been listening to the audiobook. The narrator, Kathleen Corbin, has done a wonderful job! I totally loved this story. Of course, I did, right? I wrote it. But I really grew to love these characters. Reese is so feisty and Jem is so right for her--once they get over their own fears and hurts. And Lady Ellen and her brother, Earl Gareth Hildebrand? These two are totally getting their own books! ETA: I've been listening to the audiobook. The narrator, Kathleen Corbin, has done a wonderful job!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Swinton

    This was a wonderful read! I loved the time travel element that sent modern day people back to 1850. Hilarity ensues. The couple in question already have a past to work through and now they have to do it in the past amidst all the decorum restrictions and possibility of falling in love with someone from 1850. The premise is clever, the writing fun, and the romance hits all the right notes. I have the feeling this is the start of a series as five people traveled back to the past and the story only f This was a wonderful read! I loved the time travel element that sent modern day people back to 1850. Hilarity ensues. The couple in question already have a past to work through and now they have to do it in the past amidst all the decorum restrictions and possibility of falling in love with someone from 1850. The premise is clever, the writing fun, and the romance hits all the right notes. I have the feeling this is the start of a series as five people traveled back to the past and the story only focused on two of them. In fact, at times, I wondered why the other three were mentioned at all as they hardly appeared in the story. The characters are well developed, both main and secondary. Lots of fun twists. And the setting is sublime. Sure wish Aunt Nellie's tonics/elixers were real. They would come in handy. Ah,well. Love the cover. Part clock, part sunset, all romance. Another great read by Ms. Weaver.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    Beautiful Victorian/contemporary romance! How would someone from our time fit in 1850 England? What do they learn from that time? And what do they teach their new friends? Great read, with really nice characters and an interesting plot. I can't wait to read more about these characters! I received a copy and chose to review it. Beautiful Victorian/contemporary romance! How would someone from our time fit in 1850 England? What do they learn from that time? And what do they teach their new friends? Great read, with really nice characters and an interesting plot. I can't wait to read more about these characters! I received a copy and chose to review it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Reese, her best friend Kaitlyn, and Kaitlyn's brother Jem all go to England for a Regency immersive experience--where you dress and do activities that they did in the Regency era. Reese isn't happy that Jem is along on the trip. Unbeknownst to the other Reese and Jem had a crush on each other but neither said anything or acted upon it until two years ago when Jem kissed Reese. Then he promptly left on a Broadway tour. While on this Regency trip Reese, Kaitlyn and Jem get thrown back to 1850 Engla Reese, her best friend Kaitlyn, and Kaitlyn's brother Jem all go to England for a Regency immersive experience--where you dress and do activities that they did in the Regency era. Reese isn't happy that Jem is along on the trip. Unbeknownst to the other Reese and Jem had a crush on each other but neither said anything or acted upon it until two years ago when Jem kissed Reese. Then he promptly left on a Broadway tour. While on this Regency trip Reese, Kaitlyn and Jem get thrown back to 1850 England where Reese attracts the attention of Lord Gareth Hildebrand. This makes Jem finally decide to take action and let Reese know how he feels about her. This is a fun read and part of the Twickenham series. Reese could never remember she wasn't supposed to say certain things and constantly blurted out words that made no sense to those in 1850. She also let information slip about going to university forgetting women weren't well educated back then. I kind of got exasperated with Jem for not speaking up and just telling Reese how he felt. Really, the woman's not a mind reader. Also when Reese overhears a conversation, she assumes she knows what's going on instead of asking. These two needed to learn to communicate and sometimes had me rooting for Reese to choose Lord Hildebrand. I really enjoy these time travel romances and like that they're clean.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I received an advanced copy in exchange for a honest review. A wonderful paranormal romance. Imagine going on a regency immersion experience and being sent to the past, 1850. Loved Aunt Nellie and her staff at Twickenham Manor. A modern girl, Reese meets a Victorian girl, Ellen. A friendship is made. Reese's has a choice to make between two men, Modern day Jem or an Earl. This was a fun read with lots happening, I didn't want to put the book down. Cannot wait for the next book, this one ends wit I received an advanced copy in exchange for a honest review. A wonderful paranormal romance. Imagine going on a regency immersion experience and being sent to the past, 1850. Loved Aunt Nellie and her staff at Twickenham Manor. A modern girl, Reese meets a Victorian girl, Ellen. A friendship is made. Reese's has a choice to make between two men, Modern day Jem or an Earl. This was a fun read with lots happening, I didn't want to put the book down. Cannot wait for the next book, this one ends with a surprise. I would have liked to hear more from Cora, Kaitlyn and Cyrus. Would recommend this book to all who love time travel romances.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paula Bothwell

    Against the Magic (Twickenham Time Travel Romance 3) - PG Violence: attempted assault Language: nothing offensive Sex: no sex, a couple of kisses I have the best time with the time travel and romance genre mix books! The h is So Great! I don't know how the H ever got her attention in the first place. I must say, when the love triangle presented itself, I rooted for the other guy/not Hero, he was that interesting to me. There is a HEA, with a pretty big teaser. I will probably read more in the series Against the Magic (Twickenham Time Travel Romance 3) - PG Violence: attempted assault Language: nothing offensive Sex: no sex, a couple of kisses I have the best time with the time travel and romance genre mix books! The h is So Great! I don't know how the H ever got her attention in the first place. I must say, when the love triangle presented itself, I rooted for the other guy/not Hero, he was that interesting to me. There is a HEA, with a pretty big teaser. I will probably read more in the series because I like clean romance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cyn Taylor

    Intriguing. Loved the historical aspects of this book and the interaction of the characters. I kind of wanted the main character to end up with a different man but it wasn't my story to tell. Fun book. Intriguing. Loved the historical aspects of this book and the interaction of the characters. I kind of wanted the main character to end up with a different man but it wasn't my story to tell. Fun book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Flipped Page (Susan K)

    Romance, clean; series, but stand alone read Clever time travel story, with romantic twist.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lady The Owls

    What a wonderful surprise in the beginning and at the end. I was enthralled with the characters they just leap from the pages and came to life in my living room. I hope many more are wrote about each one of them. Donna Weaver has done one magnificent story on this story. Magic does exist!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    I am grateful to Donna K. Weaver for giving me a copy of this book. The fact I received this book for free does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 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 imm I am grateful to Donna K. Weaver for giving me a copy of this book. The fact I received this book for free does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. 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. This review was originally posted on Among the Reads

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Against the Magic is a brilliantly written, clever and engaging story. This paranormal, clean romance has magic, time travel and humour interwoven into a wonderful story combining Victorian England with contemporary America. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don't normally read historical romances I suggest you read this one, you will not be disappointed. I couldn't put this book down and can't wait to read the other books in this mini series. Against the Magic is a brilliantly written, clever and engaging story. This paranormal, clean romance has magic, time travel and humour interwoven into a wonderful story combining Victorian England with contemporary America. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. Even if you don't normally read historical romances I suggest you read this one, you will not be disappointed. I couldn't put this book down and can't wait to read the other books in this mini series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Sheffield

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a clean, fast paced book. I could relate to Reese. I tend to say whatever comes to my mind. Reese could get a little preachy at times, but it fit in the story line. I loved the ending!! The author kept the experiences real. (As real as one can with a time travel book) I am looking forward to reading more of this series!

  15. 4 out of 5

    K B

    5 stars Jem returns home to reunite Reese only to follow her on a Regency experience to Great Britain. I just loved the Edna Mode comment and the Pride and Prejudice references! I don't usually like time travel novels but the humor, banter and the attraction kept me enthralled. A great love story with a little history lesson, a happy ending and a hook. 5 stars Jem returns home to reunite Reese only to follow her on a Regency experience to Great Britain. I just loved the Edna Mode comment and the Pride and Prejudice references! I don't usually like time travel novels but the humor, banter and the attraction kept me enthralled. A great love story with a little history lesson, a happy ending and a hook.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I absolutely loved it! The author delivered pure magic and I couldn't put this book down. I definitely thought this was a unique storyline and it proved to be very entertaining. I love the added quality of the story you get when it is a good clean fun romance. There may be sexual tension, but the author focuses on developing character bonds and backgrounds versus wasting time on sex scenes. Highly recommended read! I absolutely loved it! The author delivered pure magic and I couldn't put this book down. I definitely thought this was a unique storyline and it proved to be very entertaining. I love the added quality of the story you get when it is a good clean fun romance. There may be sexual tension, but the author focuses on developing character bonds and backgrounds versus wasting time on sex scenes. Highly recommended read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bookconfessions

    3.5 stars. The idea to bring so many back through time at once and give them each their own story was unique and creative. It got me excited to read the other two in the Twickenham Time Travel as well. The concept of the magic felt a little heavy as first, but I’m glad that Donna worked in the idea that the magic didn’t have all control, just gave nudges in the right direction to promote goodness. It made the overall feeling of the book magical. I really appreciated the background and character de 3.5 stars. The idea to bring so many back through time at once and give them each their own story was unique and creative. It got me excited to read the other two in the Twickenham Time Travel as well. The concept of the magic felt a little heavy as first, but I’m glad that Donna worked in the idea that the magic didn’t have all control, just gave nudges in the right direction to promote goodness. It made the overall feeling of the book magical. I really appreciated the background and character development she gave to the characters but at times their emotions and conversations felt a little surface level and I would have appreciated a little bit more depth. I did really loved the overall feeling of making a difference in the world. https://bookconfessionsblog.wordpress...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lauralee Wiltsie

    Another good one So far all of the authors in this series Grote fairy tale stories. I did not read them in order and I wish I had but perhaps I will go back and read them in order that way they will make more sense. I liked Reese and Jem's story although it was an uphill battle all the way and Jem was at times, a monumental idiot but instead of staying and asking what he meant upon overhearing his conversation, Reese assumed incorrectly that he meant something else, which created an unnecessary s Another good one So far all of the authors in this series Grote fairy tale stories. I did not read them in order and I wish I had but perhaps I will go back and read them in order that way they will make more sense. I liked Reese and Jem's story although it was an uphill battle all the way and Jem was at times, a monumental idiot but instead of staying and asking what he meant upon overhearing his conversation, Reese assumed incorrectly that he meant something else, which created an unnecessary stressful situation for her, which made her look like a fool. That was her own fault. But they did get it straightened out happily but their road to happiness was not without it's problems.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    From an ordinary beginning, this story takes a sharp turn when five friends are magically transported into the past. Auntie Nellie, the fae controller of the time warp, seems to have an ulterior motive but just mumbles 'It's the magic,' when asked about it. Somewhere in the later parts of the story, a bit more explanation would have been nice about the reasons for the group going back in time. Is Auntie Nellie manipulating people's lives for her own purposes, genuinely wanting people to find lov From an ordinary beginning, this story takes a sharp turn when five friends are magically transported into the past. Auntie Nellie, the fae controller of the time warp, seems to have an ulterior motive but just mumbles 'It's the magic,' when asked about it. Somewhere in the later parts of the story, a bit more explanation would have been nice about the reasons for the group going back in time. Is Auntie Nellie manipulating people's lives for her own purposes, genuinely wanting people to find love, or putting people in situations where they can improve the lives of others? Jem is a modern day man with some issues about his past relationship with Reese. He is living his life and, like a lot of young men doesn't think too much about the implications of his actions, such as kissing Reese and then leaving for two years to follow his dreams. Did he kiss her because he was leaving and wanted to make a connection? I get the impression that he feels guilty for his feelings towards his sister's best friend and a girl who has been in his family fold since their childhood. Having a failed relationship with her could destroy much more than the two involved and he was probably out of line kissing her in the first place. The longer he lets their separation go on, the harder it is to reconnect. Reese is a passionate woman who works for the underprivileged, therefore 1850 Victorian England is going to be a confronting challenge. But she has very little empathy for her surroundings, considering her background. Anyone who has worked in humanitarian situations will know that the first thing that happens is an assessment of all aspects of the challenge, with consideration for the people in need and their culture. Reese barrels in and imposes her modern day 'solutions' onto a Victorian village. The village is obviously in need, but she could, and should have found a way to help within the context of the era. She did find some ways, such as the old seamstress and the village women, but in general she just did her own thing. There's no mention of how the men reacted to her high-handedness and it would not have been readily accepted. In fact, the men don't seem to be there at all. An Earl would not take kindly to the way she interfered with his estate, even if he can see he should have been more responsible. There are slight references to his neglect, past tragedy, and his arrogance, as well as a general assumption that people in need are just lazy; all of which make the Earl's quick acceptance of Reese's project quite unlikely. His attitude towards Reese when they first meet doesn't match his compassion just a day later. Kaitlyn seems to have found herself an 1850s suitor, but suddenly comes home with her modern day boyfriend. I presume there is a story there! The fifth member of the group is pretty much ignored altogether. The assault scene is out of context for the times, as many women were compromised just by being caught in a room with an unmarried man. The violence of the attack, particularly by two men, is disturbing and was unnecessary. Which one of them was intending to force marriage on Reese? A lot of arrogant sneering by one of them, at her outfit, being outside exercising, etc. with an attempt to kiss her or even take advantage, would have been more true to the era. Even Ellen's slap to Sir Slimy would have been completely unacceptable in the times and Ellen would have been judged and condemned for her action. I enjoyed reading this book, despite the criticism above, and gave it three stars for originality and a reasonable depth of character.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria Thomas

    I enjoyed this book. When I started reading this I didn't realize I knew anything about the series but I needed a time travel book for a reading challenge so I picked it up. I started reading and the premise of the book sounded so familiar I wondered if I'd read it before. I checked on GR and realized that I'd read another in the series so that made more sense. All the people are thrown back in time together and each book is about different characters so the beginning is similar in each. The pre I enjoyed this book. When I started reading this I didn't realize I knew anything about the series but I needed a time travel book for a reading challenge so I picked it up. I started reading and the premise of the book sounded so familiar I wondered if I'd read it before. I checked on GR and realized that I'd read another in the series so that made more sense. All the people are thrown back in time together and each book is about different characters so the beginning is similar in each. The premise of the book is fun. I'm not really into time travel stories but this is fun and I can believe in fairies and magic so its all good. I like that Reese is a strong woman and not willing to be pushed around by a male dominated society and she was able to let her beliefs/values make a better world for the people around her. There is a bit of a love triangle. Actually two love triangles, but it isn't too bad. I would like a hea for each of the people that didn't win their love in this book because they were all likable people and it is easy to care about them. Sex: some kisses. Leering from creeps. Sexual assault attempt. A little innuendo about other's activities. Language: no Violence: yes. Violence against a woman. She uses self defense in return and also has a male defender. All suffer injuries but the perps get the worst of it. Also a female slaps a creep for leering.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Khadejah R.

    Jem and Reese’s story I must admit that I was hesitant to read this book. After reading book 2 in this series I was worried I’d find issue with consistency throughout the series. I read it solely to learn of the story of the final pair in the original group. I am glad I did. I liked this book more than the second. Jem and Reese have palpable chemistry. The pull almost magnetic. Nellie is more mysterious with them than the other guests and that plays to their curiosities. I loved getting to know E Jem and Reese’s story I must admit that I was hesitant to read this book. After reading book 2 in this series I was worried I’d find issue with consistency throughout the series. I read it solely to learn of the story of the final pair in the original group. I am glad I did. I liked this book more than the second. Jem and Reese have palpable chemistry. The pull almost magnetic. Nellie is more mysterious with them than the other guests and that plays to their curiosities. I loved getting to know Ellen through Reese and seeing her growth due to their friendship. Ellen, although docile as the times require, is very astute and yearns to learn. She has taken to Reese’s directness and their friendship leads to many adventures. Jem is confused. He feels jilted and cannot understand the change in Reese. Then she leaves with barely even a note. What is he to do? He loves her and wants to make his intent known. Like the second book there are details that do no correlate with book one that I found off putting. The final scene doesn’t match up to either previous book although the people there should have all experienced the same thing. I just wished there would have been more attention to detail in this regard. Overall it was a very good book and has left me wanting more from this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I really liked this time travel clean romance. Reese (Clarisse) and her friends go to England on a trip. One of the weeks of the trip is an immersion into Regency Era England. While at a ball they are magically transported back to 1850. This is very hard on Reese because she is a very independent woman with strong opinions. They are to be there a month before they can be transported back...if they so choose. Their hostess is a Fae as are her servants. While in 1850 Reese befriends Ellen and teac I really liked this time travel clean romance. Reese (Clarisse) and her friends go to England on a trip. One of the weeks of the trip is an immersion into Regency Era England. While at a ball they are magically transported back to 1850. This is very hard on Reese because she is a very independent woman with strong opinions. They are to be there a month before they can be transported back...if they so choose. Their hostess is a Fae as are her servants. While in 1850 Reese befriends Ellen and teaches her to be a bit more independent and forward thinking. She also meets Ellen's brother Earl Gareth Hilldebrand. Among the friends transported back in time was a former crush of Reese's, her best friends brother, Jem (Jamison), who is secretly in love with her as well. Which man will win Reese's heart? Her best friends brother and secret crush or Gareth Hilldebrand who has a heartbreaking past and a fortune that would allow her to help so many. I admit I was torn as to whom she should or would choose. But the epilogue gives me hope for the one who wasn't chosen. I would recommend this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Watkins

    Against the Magic is a different take on time travel. One usually associates this genre with one person taking a trip through a time warp, but in this case a whole group descended on 1850 together with interesting results. Although customs and lifestyle were different, this book does bring out that basic human nature remains the same. Time travel is not my favourite genre, but because I will read anything written by Ms Weaver I took a chance on this book and to my surprise I found my interest en Against the Magic is a different take on time travel. One usually associates this genre with one person taking a trip through a time warp, but in this case a whole group descended on 1850 together with interesting results. Although customs and lifestyle were different, this book does bring out that basic human nature remains the same. Time travel is not my favourite genre, but because I will read anything written by Ms Weaver I took a chance on this book and to my surprise I found my interest engaged. I enjoyed all the characters, even though some of them challenged my rational brain. Reese's adjustment to early Victorian England was perhaps the most difficult, but she too found that there were ways in which she could make a difference. Jem's character was charming, but it did seem that he had to come to a place where he made choices for the right reasons. I'm not sure whether Against the Magic has changed my view on fantasy, but it was a fun read with a happy ending. I received a copy of this book as a gift and this was my honest and voluntary review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    2GMALR9

    I'm not typically a fan of stories that involve magic and time travel but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. The narrator did an excellent job differentiating characters and shifting between accents. She very much improved the story's impact. As for the time travel/magic aspect, I'll admit I have often wished to step into a story, going back to another era in time while still retaining knowledge of the present. This aspect of the story was well done. I was also pleased the I'm not typically a fan of stories that involve magic and time travel but was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. The narrator did an excellent job differentiating characters and shifting between accents. She very much improved the story's impact. As for the time travel/magic aspect, I'll admit I have often wished to step into a story, going back to another era in time while still retaining knowledge of the present. This aspect of the story was well done. I was also pleased there was no angst about "corrupting history" (all potential effects on the future were explained well) and that all the characters ended up their proper time and place with the right person. I hope future stories in this series mention what happened to some of the secondary characters (the good ones, not the rakes) NOTE: I was given a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee (bookswithnopictures)

    I received a copy for my honest review. I will preface this by saying I read A LOT of historical fiction, maybe to the point of craziness. If I didn't, I would likely rate it higher, because it is well written. Also, I listened to the audio and didn't care for the narrator. This is when I'm wishing the content and narrator received different star counts like an Audible review. I struggled to fall in love with the characters because of their dislike of the era they time traveled too. They complain I received a copy for my honest review. I will preface this by saying I read A LOT of historical fiction, maybe to the point of craziness. If I didn't, I would likely rate it higher, because it is well written. Also, I listened to the audio and didn't care for the narrator. This is when I'm wishing the content and narrator received different star counts like an Audible review. I struggled to fall in love with the characters because of their dislike of the era they time traveled too. They complained multiple times by comparing modern culture and advancements to a time period that is generally glamorized and appreciated. I agree that most of us would be inconvenienced and possibly annoyed but how cool would it be to time travel in the first place?? I am possibly (definitely!) asserting my own POV and wish Jem and Reese agreed. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Jensen

    What a fun story! I love time travel and I’ve read a couple of Donna Weaver’s romances already, so of course I picked this up. The time travel mechanism/set up is a good one, letting this group of authors create an unlimited number of stories. This one has a very forthright and determined young woman brought back to Victorian times, reluctantly realizing she’s in love with her best friend but not trusting his life as an actor. The romance is delightful and the background characters are good. My on What a fun story! I love time travel and I’ve read a couple of Donna Weaver’s romances already, so of course I picked this up. The time travel mechanism/set up is a good one, letting this group of authors create an unlimited number of stories. This one has a very forthright and determined young woman brought back to Victorian times, reluctantly realizing she’s in love with her best friend but not trusting his life as an actor. The romance is delightful and the background characters are good. My only issue was that Reese’s desire to reform Victorian ideas got a little much sometimes and sounded more like preaching. But still a good story and I very much look forward to the next one with Gareth, an intriguing character that played a big part in this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rabid Reader

    This is a great time travel, period romance. It not only gives you a feel of the Regency period but also illustrates well the difference in attitudes and expectations between then an now, all wrapped up in a enchanting romance. The narrator did a truly excellent job of drawing you into the story, her accents were authentic and she did both male and female voices well. I loved Reece’s refreshing character, she is strong willed, independent, caring and unable to mind her mouth. The relationship sh This is a great time travel, period romance. It not only gives you a feel of the Regency period but also illustrates well the difference in attitudes and expectations between then an now, all wrapped up in a enchanting romance. The narrator did a truly excellent job of drawing you into the story, her accents were authentic and she did both male and female voices well. I loved Reece’s refreshing character, she is strong willed, independent, caring and unable to mind her mouth. The relationship she formed had depth and her reactions appeared true to life. It was an excellent romance with great narration that left me wanting more stories in this world. I will look forward to more Twickenham Times audiobooks

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Anne

    Reese has been in love and lost Jem, her best friends brother, a few years back. He pips up after a long absence. Now they go back in time through fae magic, share an adventure, and she must choose who her true love is. Is it Jem, who loves her but has never really told her, or a new aristocrat who finds her way of thinking and her beauty refreshing. - This story was very good. I have read a few of the author’s books before and I have enjoyed every one. This book is in a series where the group o Reese has been in love and lost Jem, her best friends brother, a few years back. He pips up after a long absence. Now they go back in time through fae magic, share an adventure, and she must choose who her true love is. Is it Jem, who loves her but has never really told her, or a new aristocrat who finds her way of thinking and her beauty refreshing. - This story was very good. I have read a few of the author’s books before and I have enjoyed every one. This book is in a series where the group of friends that go back in time all have their own adventures at the same time. I am curious to see how it all plays in with each other -I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review..

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    You will not go wrong with this one. This is the first book of this series I have read or listen to and I adored it. Go to a party in England a pop you and your whole group get sent to the 1850s. Not only that but you have to spend one month there while a painting is done before you can go back to your time. The main characters Reese and Jem had been close but Jem had been stupid but now he has a chance maybe because fate may have another perfect mate for her. The author has written a wonderful b You will not go wrong with this one. This is the first book of this series I have read or listen to and I adored it. Go to a party in England a pop you and your whole group get sent to the 1850s. Not only that but you have to spend one month there while a painting is done before you can go back to your time. The main characters Reese and Jem had been close but Jem had been stupid but now he has a chance maybe because fate may have another perfect mate for her. The author has written a wonderful book with a bit of a message. Kathleen Corbin did a great job as the narrator. This was a book you will not go wrong reading, listen to, our doing both I highly recommend. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received a free review copy of this (audiobook) and am voluntarily leaving a review. I like the premise of this. A couple with issues is sent back to the 1800s, to either reconnect with each other or be open to love in the past. But the main character Reese is terrible. She’s so negative all the time. “Well that’s not how we do it where I’m from.” She’s very judgmental and doesn’t even TRY to fit in or enjoy herself with being in a different time. And the main guy, Jem? Total pushover. I never r I received a free review copy of this (audiobook) and am voluntarily leaving a review. I like the premise of this. A couple with issues is sent back to the 1800s, to either reconnect with each other or be open to love in the past. But the main character Reese is terrible. She’s so negative all the time. “Well that’s not how we do it where I’m from.” She’s very judgmental and doesn’t even TRY to fit in or enjoy herself with being in a different time. And the main guy, Jem? Total pushover. I never really felt their connections. The other 3 people who traveled back in time with them, including Jem’s sister, were mentioned briefly. I’m guessing they’re the leads in other books? Narrator was excellent though and probably the only reason I finished this book.

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