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Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede [Excerpt]

Sorcery & Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede [Excerpt]

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Two girls contend with sorcery in England’s Regency age

Since they were children, cousins Kate and Cecelia have been inseparable. But in 1817, as they approach adulthood, their families force them to spend a summer apart. As Cecelia fights boredom in her small country town, Kate visits London to mingle with the brightest lights of English society.

At the initiation of a powerful magician into the Royal College of Wizards, Kate finds herself alone with a mysterious witch who offers her a sip from a chocolate pot. When Kate refuses the drink, the chocolate burns through her dress and the witch disappears. It seems that strange forces are convening to destroy a beloved wizard, and only Kate and Cecelia can stop the plot. But for two girls who have to contend with the pressures of choosing dresses and beaux for their debuts, deadly magic is only one of their concerns.

This ebook features illustrated biographies of Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the authors’ personal collections.
Two girls contend with sorcery in England’s Regency age

Since they were children, cousins Kate and Cecelia have been inseparable. But in 1817, as they approach adulthood, their families force them to spend a summer apart. As Cecelia fights boredom in her small country town, Kate visits London to mingle with the brightest lights of English society.

At the initiation of a powerful magician into the Royal College of Wizards, Kate finds herself alone with a mysterious witch who offers her a sip from a chocolate pot. When Kate refuses the drink, the chocolate burns through her dress and the witch disappears. It seems that strange forces are convening to destroy a beloved wizard, and only Kate and Cecelia can stop the plot. But for two girls who have to contend with the pressures of choosing dresses and beaux for their debuts, deadly magic is only one of their concerns.

This ebook features illustrated biographies of Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the authors’ personal collections.

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Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer 
SORCERY & CECELIA 
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8 April 1817Rushton Manor, Essex
 Dearest Kate,
 It is dreadfully flat here since you have been gone,and it only makes it worse to imagine all the things I shall bemissing. I wish Aunt Elizabeth were not so set against my having a Season this year. She is still annoyed about theincident with the goat, and says that to let the pair of us looseon London would ruin us both for good, and spoil Georgy’schances into the bargain. I think this is quite unjust, butthere is no persuading her. (I believe the fact that she wouldhave been obliged to share a house with Aunt Charlotte,should she and I have come to London this year, may havecontributed to her decision.) So I rely on you, dearest cousin,to write and tell me everything! If I am not to be allowed toenjoy a Season of my own, I can at least take a vicariousdelight in your and Georgina’s triumph! I am quite convinced you will take London by storm.Not that we are without amusement in Essex; quitethe contrary! Aunt Elizabeth and I called at the vicarage yesterday and spent a stimulating afternoon listening to theReverend Fitzwilliam discoursing on the Vanities of Society and the Emptiness of Worldly Pleasures. Aunt Elizabethhung on every word, and we are to return and take tea on
 
Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer 
SORCERY & CECELIA 
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Thursday. I am determined to have the headache Thursday, if I have to hit myself with a rock to do it.There is, however, a ray of hope. Lady Tarleton is tohave a party for her niece next week. The invitation arrivedthis morning, and Papa says we are to go! And Aunt Elizabethapproves! She thinks it is to be an informal hop, as Lady Tarleton’s niece is not yet out, but Patience Everslee told mein the greatest confidence that there is to be waltzing! I only hope Oliver will stay long enough to accompany us. He has been moping around the house like a sick sheep ever since you and Georgy left, and yesterday he asked Papa, very casually, whether Papa did not think it would be a good ideafor him to go to Town this year for a week or two. He thinkshe is being very sly, but if he puts off making hisarrangements for another day or so Papa will have acceptedLady Tarleton’s invitation and Oliver will be obliged to stay here until after the party. I have not, of course, pointed thisout to him. Oliver has stated many times his dislike of hearing advice from his younger sister, so it is his own fault if he has not got sense enough to see which way the wind is blowing. Aunt Elizabeth intends for the two of us to pay a callon Lady Tarleton and her niece on Monday, by way of improving our acquaintance before the ball (which is to say,she wants to have a look at the niece). I shall be on my best behavior, even if the niece turns out to be quite odious. Thereis no point in
looking
for difficulties the day before a party. And there may be more excitement to come. SirHilary Bedrick has just been named to the Royal College of 

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