Bewitching Season

Bewitching Season

Marissa Doyle / Sep 23, 2019

Bewitching Season In London young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome titled husbands not careers And certainly not careers in magic At least most of them didn t Shy studious Persephone Leland would far

  • Title: Bewitching Season
  • Author: Marissa Doyle
  • ISBN: 9780805082517
  • Page: 484
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers And certainly not careers in magic At least, most of them didn t.Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband But right as the inevitable season for coming out is about to begin,In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers And certainly not careers in magic At least, most of them didn t.Shy, studious Persephone Leland would far rather devote herself to her secret magic studies than enter society and look for a suitable husband But right as the inevitable season for coming out is about to begin, Persy and her twin sister discover that their governess in magic has been kidnapped as part of a plot to gain control of the soon to be Queen Victoria Racing through Mayfair ballrooms and royal palaces, the sisters overcome bad millinery, shady royal spinsters, and a mysterious Irish wizard And along the way, Persy learns that husband hunting isn t such an odious task after all, if you can find the right quarry.

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        I try to write to stories I most enjoy readingwhich means stories with heroines finding out who they are, their strengths and purposes, and where they belong in the worldd usually saving the day in the process no damsels in distress here It means romance, but not with a capital R It means a lighter tone because I write what I like to read and I m not really into cathartic reading you might want to think twice before picking up my books if you like dark and angsty reads as I might not be your cup of tea I want to write mini vacations for readers give you stories that are fun and satisfying and put you into a good mood for when you close my books, smile, and step back out into the real world.So there you go.Oh, and for my bio married mom of three young adults, life long New Englander, passionate about history and research and anything from the past, and devoted to my adorable pet bunnies, whose photos I tend to paste all over Facebook I don t review books much here on GR, but I have catalogued my library on LibraryThing and enjoy talking about books both there and here, so don t be afraid to say hello And if you want an occasional newsletter with info on upcoming books, freebies, and , visit eepurl bVDwlf


    1. Usually the London season is a backdrop, not the entire plot of a book. This may be the most boring Regency I've ever read, and that's with a kidnapping, secret magic, and a plot to take the throne. So much potential unrealized.

    2. I wasn't especially enthusiastic about this book. Sometimes it's charming, and I smiled a few times at clever bits (most often including the main character's precocious little brother Charles), but it suffers from a couple of fundamental problems which keep it from being a book that I would strongly recommend or keep to read over and over.First, it has the surprisingly common problem of being a book set in a world with magic, but then not having all that much magic in it. Any number of things co [...]

    3. This was a great teen historical with just the right amount of magic and a great romance!! The romance was by far my favorite part of the book, I really fell in love with Lochinvar Seton! Another cute aspect of the story was the twin's little brother. He was adorable and provided a fresh perspective! I must admit I skimmed some of the royal intrique portions of the book, but the romance more than made up for any slow points!! Great read for lovers of YA and historical romance!!

    4. Set in Regency England, this book follows twin witches Penelope and Persephone as they embark on their first Season. After their magic instructing governess is kidnapped, the two begin to investigate her disappearance, while also dealing with the social obligations of the ton. They eventually uncover a plot that threatens the royalty, their governess, and their own lives.First off, I really enjoy Regency romance novels. I love Georgette Heyer. I know most of the words on the Regency Lexicon webs [...]

    5. It gives me back my faith in this genre. This charming mix of magic in nineteenth century England. One can't take it for serious. But as a light, enjoyable story it was worth my time.It was funny. I laughed reading banter between siblings. And who wouldn't want to have Charles as a brother? ;-)A love story was sweet, clean and with a little spark.I didn't mind that was totally predictable, ((view spoiler)[I knew very soon that Lochinvar was a wizard. (hide spoiler)]) that the world here was blac [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book; it wasn't perfect or an all time favorite, but it was still a pretty great read.Pros:1. Romantic. So, the romance was predictable, but it was still very fun to read. Lochinvar was suitably noble and passionate. :D2. The conflict wasn't too unique - someone gets kidnapped, girls try to save kidnapee and uncover larger more serious situation. However, the magic, era, and setting pulled it off successfully and made it interesting. Cons:1. Persy would get very annoying wi [...]

    7. I *loved* the idea behind the book. I even liked the plot. I HATED Persephone, the twin this book focuses on. Her self-denigrating attitude gets old REAL fast within the first 50 pages or so. AND IT DOESN'T STOP. EVER. Most of the storytelling is her self-loathing monologues talking about how ugly she is (compared to her IDENTICAL twin), how lame she is, how she'll never be good enough. I wanted to scream through 90% of this book. I kept reading hoping she would gain her confidence (she didn't w [...]

    8. Reviewed by Tasha for TeensReadTooPersephone and Penelope Leeland are the twin daughters of a well-known English viscount and are getting ready to be thrown into their first season. While you couldn't tell the girls apart by looking at them, if you talked to them you would know that they are completely different. All Penelope can talk about is the upcoming balls that the girls are planning on going to and the numerous gowns that she is going to wear. She loves all thoughts that have to do with f [...]

    9. "A good book to pick up for several hours of enjoyable escape".Inspired by Austen and the Regency writers, this novel is set in England at the time when Victoria was Princess. In addition to the romantic appeal of seasons, balls, beaux and female friends (or competition), a layer of mystery is added by the introduction of magic.The interesting and relatively original plot (as fairytales go) offers a sweet narrative that has some substance too. Friendship, honesty, honour and courage are all give [...]

    10. Sort of the poor man's "Sorcery and Cecelia". Rather predictable, a smattering of loose ends, and a protagonist who whines too much and has so little smarts that you almost begrudge her her happy ending. Oh, and woe betide the lower classes. They get pretty short shrift here. Fun enough to read but it doesn't hold up to close scrutiny.

    11. Such a cute read! I enjoyed the romance - it was swoony and perfect. I also liked that the twins were so similar in some ways and so different in others. Also, I loved Charles! Their interactions with him were great.The addition of magic made this story different from other regency novels I've read. I thought the magic element worked well. The mystery was a little weak, but the rest of the story more than made up for it.

    12. Persephone and Penelope Leland are twins in early nineteenth century London. To the rest of the world, they are beautiful young women who are about to make their debut into society and then search for suitable husbands. But what most people don’t know is that the women of the Leland family are known for their magical abilities. The twins study magic under the careful tutorage of their governess Ally.While they are usually very close, Persephone and Penelope start to have secrets from each othe [...]

    13. This book was a good meld of debutante society, love, magic and adventure. The characters were interesting even if the main plot was lacking a little at times. I would have liked to see more action, but it was a good read. I was a little disappointed by how it ended. Not the ending she chose, but really the last page of the book - the last few paragraphs. I don't feel like it was wrapped up real well.

    14. I quite enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and easy to finish in a couple of evenings. It had multiple plot threads which all came together well at the end. The romance thread got to be a bit annoying during the middle parts of the book, but the resolution was nicely symmetrical.I accidentally started reading this trilogy out of sequence, and overall, I found the protagonist of the third book, Courtship and Curses a Lot more likable than Persy Leland was in this.

    15. 3.8956789 out of 5 magical stars…. I know that’s randomI love magic. I love Victorian England. And this book starts at the very beginning of that period, with the woman who gave the period its name, the young Queen Victoria, taking the throne. Oh, and there’s magics.Twins, Persephone and Penelope Leland, have come to London for their coming out, that time when a young woman is presented to the King (or Queen) and enters society. Penelope can’t wait. This time is a whirl of dresses and ba [...]

    16. Set at the beginning of the Victorian era, Bewitching Season finds identical twins Persy (Persephone) and Pen (Penelope) Leland entering their first London season. The girls are beautiful, from a good family, and have impressive dowries, which should make it easy for them to find suitable husbands. However, they also share a big secret: women in the Leland family are known for being born with strong magical ability, and the twins are no exception. When their governess - and magic teacher - Ally [...]

    17. I am a bit hesitant to write a review of this book. I actually did really enjoy the book, but can’t help thinking of a few things that bothered me. I thought the story idea was fun, but would have preferred if the whole thing had taken place in a fictional land instead of England. The magic in the story was really underdeveloped and could have been left out entirely. I think if it had taken place in a fictional place then the magic element could have been used a lot more. I started out liking [...]

    18. Persephone and Penelope Leland are about to be thrust into their coming out season! These girls may look alike but that is as far as their likeness goes. They couldn’t be more different from each other. While Penelope can’t wait to start her season and longs for dancing at wondrous balls, Persephone would rather be reading a book or studying her magic.But there is much more than their upcoming season that the girls must worry about. It seems that their governess, Ally is missing. They only c [...]

    19. The book reminded me of The Season (Maclean) and A Great and Terrible Beauty (Bray). As you read it the story pulls you in further and further into the characters and the intrigue in the plot. Persephone and Penelope are twins that are about to start their first London season. They are also witches who have been getting trained by their governess who is also a witch. Only their younger brother knows that they are witches as they practice some of their spells on him. Persy (Persephone) is far mor [...]

    20. Jane Austen with magic. Enough said. Read it! In 1837 London, most girls have qualms about their first season. Will they be popular? Will they have suitors? Will they receive a proposal? Twins Pen and Persy Leland have much bigger worries. Not only are they about to come out, they are also witches. Concealment of their craft is paramount. The disappearance of their governess and fellow witch Ally spurs them to action Who abducted her? Why? Add to this Persy's love for childhood friend Lochinvar [...]

    21. I read this book so long ago that I don’t remember what really happened. I for one sure remember it being fun in that there was some fun magic times and some awesome romantic tension. Kind of like The Season just less on the burning stares and romantic tension – if you’re in the mood to read something in a similar vein, then this would be the right choice.Persy, though, was super annoying. She’s this passive, self-conscious, and has this whole sacrificial mood about her all the time type [...]

    22. I really wanted to love this book, but it fell flat about half way through. The beginning was brilliant, the lead up of the girl's introduction into fashionable society, the practice of magic with Ally and her resulting kidnapping, and the mystery about it all. Too bad that Persy decided to cast a spell on her love interest that was one ridiculous plot arc let's cast a spell on Lochinvar to make him fall in love with me when I'm drinking, feel bad once I sober up and distance myself from him whe [...]

    23. This book is about two girls who are 'coming out' in the the British society. A difficult task in and of itself, but to tack on the all the gowns and gloves, the twin girls are witches, a feared art punishable by death. While dodging suitors and magical enemies, the girls, Persy and Pen struggle to establish themselves successfully in society while simultaneously uncovering a plot to take over the crown.I thought this book was extremely refreshing after all the trash I have been reading. It was [...]

    24. This book is mostly fluff - fluffy magic, fluffy romance, fluffy plot. However it still makes a good, quick read on a Sunday afternoon. Is it predictable? Yep. Is the romance adorable even though you know exactly how it will end up? Yep.As long as you go in understanding that this is your basic Magical-governess-gets-kidnapped-so-teens-must-save-her-and-uncover-a-greater-plot-while-still-making-it-to-their-ton-debut storyline, then you shouldn't be too disappointed at all.Final Score: 3.5/5 Star [...]

    25. Though technically not a Regency, it follows the same rules as teenage twins move in and out of London Society. This book contains a twist: the Misses Leland have magic powers and their governess has gone missing and it's up to the twins to save her and rescue the country from potential disaster.It sounds kind of silly the way I wrote it but this novel is incredibly good at the magic elements are subtle and believable. There's humor (a pesky little brother), two lively twins, a hunky boy next do [...]

    26. I did enjoy the alternate Regency England that Doyle created, but I found the "romance" side of the story sorely lacking, with a weak hero and an often overly weak-willed heroine. She is so convinced of her social inferiority to her sister, that she moans about it throughout most of the book, when she has her own particular strengths which set her apart. Furthermore, the Irishman who ends up with another main character annoyed me to no end with his excuses for his behavior and I was most disappo [...]

    27. This is a must read for those who like romance and magic. Twin sisters Persephone and Penelope Leland are secretly being tutored in sorcery by their governess, Miss Allardyce. Then, they find out that Miss Allardyce has been kidnapped for evil purposes. Persephone and Penelope search throughout all of London to find their beloved governess and look for clues to put a stop to the wicked deed. The book is suspenseful in very unexpected ways, and has an ending that was extremely surprising. I stron [...]

    28. I really had fun with this novel. Regency era magic is fun for me, though the quantity of secondhand embarrassment was nearly enough to make me walk away, for the night. But I persevered, and after getting some great mood music (John Williams' Sabrina Theme, Schindler's List theme, Harry's Wondrous World, & Elegy for Cello & Orchestra) to wrap up the end few chapters, I was in high spirits. I'll continue the series as they follow the one sister's journey. Intrigue at the Courts, Queen Vi [...]

    29. A book of gowns and magic. I found it a little difficult to get into, but all in all it was enjoyable. I did find the heroine's self-deprecating attitude a little tiresome with regards to her beloved Lochinvar's attentions ("oh certainly he can't love me as I love him, he must love my twin sister because she is so much better than me" type thing - ugh!). Mostly I found myself reading just to find out how it ended, not necessarily because I was enraptured by the tale. Despite its faults, it was a [...]

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