Written in letters between two cousins, this 1987 (re-issued in 2003) book by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer is a fresh change from the typical novel style. Throw in a setting of early 1800s England and some magical elements and the story becomes extremely interesting. While Kate is off in London for the season, Cecelia is stuck back in the country without her. The two describe their encounters with new friends, “odious” men, and mysterious events and soon realize their separate adventures are connected.
The story begins a little slow. I had to start it twice after putting it down for awhile the first time, but it was great once I got into it. Both Kate and Cecelia are relatable characters despite the time period that may be foreign to readers. They possess a spunk that will make readers laugh and forget about the (now) strange customs of 19th Century England society. Sorcery & Cecelia is perfect for readers who love the elements of Jane Austen but have trouble with the language of the classics. If you like Sorcery & Cecelia, I’ve just discovered that there are two follow-ups: The Grand Tour or The Purloined Coronation Regalia and The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After. I’m adding them to my to-read list now!