By Marissa Doyle
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805082517, 352pp.
Publication Date: April 29, 2008
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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. "Bewitching Season" is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Marissa Doyle is fascinated by the past and lives in Massachusetts, where she is surrounded by history.
* "This wonderfully crafted debut novel braids several very different storylines into an utterly satisfying whole." - Booklist, starred review "Fans of historical mysteries will find this a page-turner." - Kirkus "A romp." - Kliatt "A good book to pick for several hours of enjoyable escape." - Voya