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The Compulsive Reader: Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle


From the outside, Persephone and Penelope Leland appear to be average young ladies, eagerly anticipating their coming out into London society. But Persy and Pen share a secret with their governess Miss Allydarce and their brother that no one must ever learn of: they possess the ability to do magic.

It seems like magic would make their lives easier, but once in London, Miss Allydarce is abducted because of her magical abilities in a sinister plot to harm Princess Victoria. Persy and Pen are determined to rescue her, with a little help from their brother Charles, but find it hard to in between their numerous social engagements. But when they finally do manage to find their beloved governess, the magic involved in the insidious plot may prove to be too much for the girls to handle...

Set against the glittering and elegant backdrop of early 19th century London, Bewitching Season offers an intriguing and unique peek into the world of the elite, with just the right dash of romance and magical appeal. The book focuses mainly of Persy, her aversion and apprehension to stuffy social occasions, preference for her studies and magic, and the ache of first love, made complicated by a pesky love spell. Marissa Doyle spends a great deal of time on the social aspects of the book as she portrays the girls' coming of age. Though more development of the magical elements of the book would have been nice, readers will be able to appreciate this quick and charming read for its lovable and eccentric characters, sly humor, even pacing, and wonderfully detailed descriptions. Bewitching Season is a fun and romantic read with the added plus of cleverly disguised historical details, making it educational without being stuffy. Fan will eagerly await Doyle's sequel Betraying Season, in which the story continues with Pen Leland.

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