Another fantastic tale in the Malcolm-Ives family by Patricia Rice. I have not found another author who can spin the tale that combines the romantic pairing of a man of science and a woman of magic like Patricia Rice. Her Malcolm-Ives stories are now in the second generation from when she first started them several years ago. The two families have a history that first began with a pairing of the families that would cause a rift that would find closure as they families find themselves bound by marriage time and again. Each of these marriages unites a man and a woman so different in character, yet once their differences are accepted by the couple they are melded together through the strongest love.
In Chemistry of Magic, we learn of two people who decide to marry for the benefit of convenience. A man dying and woman desperate decide that the only acceptable course to follow is to unite in marriage. Sounds easy, right? Maybe a little too easy in the world of science and magic and the Malcolm and Ives families.
Viscount “Devil” Dare, is dying of consumption and his only heir is his obnoxious cousin who threatens to throw Dare’s Mother and sisters out of their home. As he struggles daily with his deteriorating health, his only worry is how to provide for his family when he is gone. He uses his scientific mind, to run test after test with no answers to his cure.
Emilia McDowell is a distant relative to the Malcolm family and as all Malcolm’s she possesses her own magical gift. Emilia can heal with her touch, but to do so she suffers through the same pain. Along with this gift of healing, Emilia dreams of publishing her life work…. A pharmacopeia. But to do this, Emilia must marry for her to receive her inheritance.
Emilia and Dare marry for their mutual benefit. She will use her inheritance to not only secure housing for Dare’s family but also gain her laboratory to continue her studies and complete her pharmacopeia. A marriage of convenience that would lack love and would only last as long as Dare lives. But neither anticipated how powerful fate is and how love would come along.
As Emilia and Dare work toward fulfilling each of their plans, a few surprises come along that will alter what they believed to be true which may, in turn, alter those plans. But never fear, a few of the earlier Malcolm-Ives characters we have grown to love will make appearances to help Emilia and Dare.
Patricia Rice never lets me down when I read her stories. I love her characters immensely with my favorites being the Malcolm-Ives. Each story can be read as a stand-alone, however, I really would encourage reading all the Malcolm-Ives (the first and then this second generation) in order to truly value the wonderful world of science and magic coming together.