Book ☆ Courtship and Curses Ç 352 pages Ç Marissa doyle

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Book ☆ Courtship and Curses Ç 352 pages Ç Marissa doyle Ç From the author of Bewitching Season and Betraying Season comes a brand new regency romance with plenty of intrigue and magicSophie's entrance into London society isn't what she thought it would be Mama isn't there to guide her Papa is buried inS escalate when someone uses magic to attack Papa at the Whistons' ball and it soon becomes clear that all the members of the War Office are being targeted Can Sophie regain her own powers find her balance make a match and save England?Find out in Marissa Doyle's Courtship and Curs Special Content only on my blog Strange and Random Happenstance during Regency Magic March April 2016Sophie spent years dreaming of what it would be like to have her first season in London Needless to say her daydreams were nothing like the reality her life has become When the illness came no one could have guessed the toll it would take on the Rosier family Sophie lost her mother her sister and the assurance of two strong limbs holding her up She is now crippled and must rely on a cane to support her Therefore spending months in ballrooms unable to dance escorted by her aunts isn't exactly what she hoped for That doesn't even take the rumors into account The fact that the ton has somehow gotten it into it's collective consciousness that she is some kind of malformed freak that can't string two words together let alone form a sentence is galling At least if they see her their misconceptions should be fixed shouldn't they? But for all that Sophie has endured nothing has cut her to the uick than the loss of her magic The illness that ravaged her body also took away what was most precious and secret to her What's worse is that she has no one to turn to Her mother taught her in secret and with her mother gone who can she trust?Soon Sophie's lack of magic is a major worry Her father Lord Lansell is almost the victim of a tragic accident The almost had nothing to do with Sophie but with the dashing Lord Woodbridge In fact Sophie only made matters worse But soon another accident leads Sophie to a startling discovery many members of the War Office have been attacked in these seemingly random ways Could a French Spy be using magic in order to undermine the British war effort against Napoleon? If this is the case Sophie needs her magic back then ever But protecting her father isn't the only thing occupying her time Lord Woodbridge won't leave her alone Sure she could see herself prior to her deformity falling for such a man but that was before What could he see in her now? As for his cousin Parthenope and her parakeet Hester they have uickly become Sophie's trusted allies So why can she trust Parthenope but can't trust her feelings for Lord Woodbridge? It is all too confusing and she really needs her mother But perhaps Sophie will realize that even with a cane she can stand on her own two feet and make a contribution to the worldThis is THE Regency Magic book you've been waiting for in Marissa Doyle's series While the first two books were lovely being set during the time of Victoria they weren't so much Regency and therefore had a different if still magical writing style Courtship and Curses though is all Regency all the time Tangentially relating to the previous Leland sisters book by following Pen and Persy's mother Parthenope and her first season there's a moral formal Jane Austen air to the writing that some people might find too stylized but which I reveled in There's just something magical about books set during the Regency whether they contain magic or not Personally I would never want to do the season and as for paying house calls everyday? Spare me now It's a world that I wouldn't ever necessarily want to live in yet somehow these books about bygone days of balls and manners just draw me in Now I don't want you thinking I'm not a connoisseur of this style because I am It takes a special kind of author and story to whisk me away and Marissa Doyle did an admirable job of providing me with the cheapest kind of time travel around Being fully back in the Regency means that we get war and Wellington I kid you not that Wellington is one of my favorite characters to be portrayed fictionally He was such a symbol of the time and such a lightning rod for the war with France that I seriously just want him at every ball being boisterous and opinionated Of course I always picture Wellington as Stephen Fry from Blackadder and that doesn't hurt But Marissa Doyle doesn't just use Wellington as a signifier for the war with France or even for comedic purposes she uses him to show the actual danger that the war represents and also as a sort of catalyst for Sophie to embrace herself and her magic This entire volume actually serves to remind us of the dangers of life during wartime In the previous volumes everything that occurred was building to one great and dangerous event that would change everything Here there is constant peril for members of the War Office Attack after attack after attack It's not that it just ups the suspense it's that you feel the danger This isn't your typical Jane Austen with balls and courting with officers only entering to show off their lovely uniforms I would say that Marissa Doyle captures of what Thackeray did with Vanity Fair The harsh reality versus the rose tinted glassesOne of the harsh realities of war is prejudice Of course this is something our heroine Sophie has had to face with her deformity But during a war prejudice is pretty much universally shifted to the country that you are fighting in this instance France There are two prominent French characters in Courtship and Curses Madame Carswell the widow of Lord Lansell's oldest and dearest friend and a confidant to Sophie and the Comte de Carmouche Ponthieux a lost love of Sophie's Aunt Molly Madame Carswell than the Comte is the subject of much gossip not just because she's French but because she's a threat to those older women who want to get their claws into Lord Lansell Sophie is wonderful in that she stands by her friends She has known the evil glares of others and tries to protect those who protect her Yet what I find most interesting is that in one of these two instances her trust actually isn't justified Prejudices form for a reason no matter how stupid and while we should always fight it sometimes just sometimes the reason for them rears it's ugly head And I like that Marissa Doyle doesn't make it so clear cut because that isn't the way of the world Not everyone we prejudge is deserving of exoneration just as we should try to be less prejudiced Life is full of these contradictions and to have both innocence and guilt shown goes to the heart of life's messiness Plus manipulating our prejudices does keep a story goingYet the heart of this book is Sophie What really struck me about this book is that Sophie is a very different type of heroine With her deformity she has a very different vantage point from anyone else It's not just that she's passive in society being relegated to the sidelines of the ballrooms and therefore sees it's that the way people viewed deformities during this time was so different that it would be so easy to think badly of yourself Because deformities were thought to outwardly show an inner malignancy That obviously Sophie's foot was because she had something very wrong with her not that she was the victim of a serious illness she couldn't con

Marissa Doyle õ Courtship and Curses Text

Of all the illness that left her with a limp unable to dance at the Season's balls also took away her magic When the dashing Lord Woodbridge starts showing an interest in Sophie she wants to believe it's genuine but she can't be sure he's feeling anything than pitySophie's problem 35 stars rounded up to 4 I was craving a little Regency Romance but needed some paranormal elements I loved the main character And when we dive into the magic it was so much funI just wish there was

Epub õ Courtship and Curses õ Marissa Doyle

Courtship and CursesFrom the author of Bewitching Season and Betraying Season comes a brand new regency romance with plenty of intrigue and magicSophie's entrance into London society isn't what she thought it would be Mama isn't there to guide her Papa is buried in his work fighting Napoleon And worst Courtship and Curses started in a promising manner and was an engaging read for about a third of the story before it hit a downward slope from the halfway mark and never uite recovered It was like all the early potential just fizzled out before it could reach a climax a pity though it was still an okay read ultimatelyI rather liked Sophie for the early part of the story; her obvious and understandable insecurities aside she's a uniuely calm sensible and graceful sort of character with a down to earth uality Left crippled from an illness she now carries a noticeable limp and reuires a cane for walking not the sort of thing a girl who's finally celebrating her season wants I kept rooting for her to overcome those insecurities and really display the strength of character she kept hidden but this character growth took so long and came so late in the game that I'd lost most of my sympathy for her by then The problem was that Sophie stubbornly insisted on self pity and had a tendency to lash out at actions from her friends that were made out of kindness because she assumes it's out of pity It's unattractive at best and frustrating at worst and this behaviour grew marked in the latter half of the book The growth trajectory doesn't even make sense Despite starting off on the wrong foot pun not intended Sophie and Peregrine's slow romance was really rather sweet and was the main attraction for me but again this only lasted until around the halfway mark For some reason that I failed to decipher what began as a slow burn courtship turned into a strange mix of rather advanced for them romantic interactions out of nowhere view spoilerlike Peregrine suddenly taking Sophie into his arms for a kiss the first time they meet again at a party this is just after they'd finally managed to get over blushing silently at each other long enough to make their courtship official hide spoiler