The Scent of Magic, published in 1998, is a story of two young women from very different backgrounds who meet and conquer an evil personage to save their country and themselves. Willadene, the Cinderella in the story, is an abused child who is saved from a wicked relative by a kind, older woman, an herb mistress. Mahart, a Sleeping Beauty, is the Duke's daughter. The two girls learn what their strengths are. As they learn to trust each other, their growing friendship saves them and the Duke from an evil left over from an earlier century and a different place.