Well, I’ve finally finished Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been trying to finish this book for about two months. It’s not a book I would generally pick up, so I wasn’t really motivated to finish it. (I finally did because it’s nominated for my state’s young adult book award for next year.) While it took an exceedingly long time to get interested in this book, once I got about halfway through, I couldn’t wait to finish it. The action really picks up in the middle, and I could finally say that I was invested in the story.
Persephone and Penelope are about to be launched on London society. The year is 1837, and the twin sisters are preparing for their first London season. These aren’t two ordinary sisters, though. They are witches. For years, they’ve been training with their governess, Miss Allardyce, who not only teaches them writing and math but also how to use and control their magical gifts.
As the season is set to begin, however, Miss Allardyce goes missing. Persy and Pen have no idea where to find her. The two sisters must also deal with unbelievably tedious dress fittings (at least, I found them to be tedious), a nosy little brother, and the inevitable husband hunting of the season. Persy wants little or nothing to do with the season and would love to devote all of her time to finding her missing governess, but her plans are complicated when she catches the eyes of two potential suitors.
As events unfold, Persy and Pen learn of a foul plot to control the Princess Victoria, heir to the throne, and their missing governess is somehow involved. Can they thwart this evil plan while maintaining their decorum in London’s most prestigious ballrooms? Is this even possible? And how can Persy concentrate on rescuing Miss Allardyce when she’s trying to decide who she should marry or if she should wed at all? Read Bewitching Season to learn how truly magical Victorian London can be.
While I admit that it took me forever to finally finish this book, I do plan to check out the sequel, Betraying Season, soon. Now that I’ve read Persy’s story, I’m eager to see how things develop for her sister Pen.