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Bewitching Season

Bewitching Season

Marissa Doyle

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


In 1837 London, young daughters of viscounts pined for handsome, titled husbands, not careers. And certainly not careers in magic. At least, most of them didn't.

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.

South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Masterlist, Louisiana YR Choice Book Award Master List, Kansas State Reading Circle, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Bewitching Season


My God, Persy, you killed him!"
"I did not!" the Honorable Persephone Leland snapped back at her twin sister, Penelope,...

Praise for Bewitching Season

“* 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

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Marissa Doyle

Marissa Doyle is fascinated by the past and lives in Massachusetts, where she is surrounded by history.

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Scott Doyle

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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