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Courtship and Curses (Leland Sisters #3)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  529 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
From the author of Bewitching Season and Betraying Season comes a brand new regency romance with plenty of intrigue--and magic!

Sophie'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 of all, the illness that left her with a limp, unable to dance at the Season's balls, a
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Published August 7th 2012 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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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 quite 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 ultimately.

I rather liked Sophie for the early part of the story; her obvious and understandable insecurities aside, she's a uniquely calm, sensible and graceful sort of character with a
Oct 14, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly wasn't expecting much from this book. I have read Doyle's previous two Leland sister books, and they were OK, but a little disappointing to me. No disappointment with this book though! I loved Sophie, Parthenope, Amelie, and Peregrine. I loved the friendships between Amelie and Sophie and Parthenope and Sophie. I thought the romance between Sophie and Peregrine was perfectly done...sweet and believable and not rushed. It's a lovely, fun book that brought to mind Sorcery and Cecelia, o ...more
Maureen E
Oct 16, 2012 Maureen E rated it really liked it
Last year, I read Marissa Doyle's Bewitching Season and was a bit dubious. My dubiousness started when I saw the cover, with the badly fitted dress from the wrong period (this is 1837, not 1850!) and the funny curls. In short, the cover summed up my problems with the book: it just didn't convince me that the setting was really Victorian England.

But then I saw the cover for Doyle's latest book, Courtship and Curses, and look at it! It's not an awkwardly posed photograph; in fact it seems to be a
It turns out I've actually read two books by this author before, and remember nothing about either of them, which did not bode well. However, it turned out to be pretty okay!... if also fairly forgettable.

Courtship and Curses is the technical prequel to Marissa Doyle's first two books, Bewitching Season and Betraying Season. I remember nothing about either of them and I don't know how Courtship and Curses links up with them; presumably one of our heroines is the mother of the two heroines of the
Jennifer Lynn
Jun 02, 2015 Jennifer Lynn rated it really liked it
When I started this book I was not sure what to expect but I thought the title was interesting and the book description caught my attention enough for me to try it out. Happily, I soon found myself speeding through it and entranced with all the characters. I lived Sophie the main character, who seemed real and honest. As a young adult coming out into London society during the time of Napoleon, she suffered through a disease when she was younger that left her with a bad leg in which it is slightl ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it
3.75 stars, jolly good fun.

I went into this knowing it purports to be book 3 and I hadn't read books 1 & 2. I thoroughly researched the matter and decided it was OK to pass on the first two as technically this is actually a prequel and not even in the direct line of descent for the earlier two entries (it features an acquaintance of the two protagonists mother even prior to her marriage to their father yet alone birth). So if like me you find this blurb attractive but not the other two books
Feb 07, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, teens
[They might call it Leland Sisters #3 - but it is actually about a friend of their mother when she was young, so set in the same 'universe' as the other books, but not really in the same series.]

I loved it, I really loved it - well done, well researched without letting the facts get to heavy and in the way of the story itself. And actually quite refreshing with a crippled heroine, with limitations (view spoiler).

I just have to comment on one thing (I found
Jailene Hernandez
Oct 17, 2014 Jailene Hernandez rated it really liked it
The story starts off with the main character Sophie and her family shopping for dresses for a ball. Sophie is a witch but only her mother (who was also a witch) knew. However, her mother died when she was younger but her father is involved in war work so she is mostly surrounded by her annoying aunts. Also, she is “crippled” and has to use a cane to walk because one of her legs got messed up, which also somehow caused her to lose her magic.
When Sophie is looking all pretty at the ball,
May 05, 2014 SBC rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this teen paranormal Regency romance (an interesting combination of genres!) Regency romances are generally always fun and this YA version livens things up even more with a touch of magic.

This is described as 'Leland Sisters 3' but it's not about a Leland sister (or any Leland at all - although with careful attention one a cameo appearance can be spotted!) and it's set a few decades before the stories of the Leland sisters, which take place in the early Victorian era, so the boo
Rebekah Thomas
Nov 04, 2014 Rebekah Thomas rated it did not like it
I love anything Regency - dresses, books, history - so that's the only reason I picked up this book. Plus the slight magical element reminded me of Sorcery and Cecilia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot (charming, delightful, makes me want to drink thick chocolate out of thin cups). Except this book was Boring. I skimmed. A lot. Well done Regency makes you want to read every detail because one dropped handkerchief or society conversation at a ball can change the course of a life - you WANT to pay at ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Sophie 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
Feb 27, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2014
This was a rather predictable YA story of fantasy, magic, and romance. I almost liked it. But, in the end, I wasn't entirely comfortable with the depiction of disabilities (it seemed overly simplistic, although YMMV), and I didn't like the romance. (It also didn't feel like a historical fantasy (it is set in England during the Napoleonic Wars) so much as a generic fantasy, but this did not bother me. I just read it as generic fantasy.)

I was hopeful that this would be a book in which the protagon
Cover Blurb: I like the colors and the classic look of it, but I must admit that I wish it took after Betraying Season more. I like books in a series to follow a pattern, and while Courtship & Curses can technically work as a stand-alone from the other two Leland Sisters books, it still ties in and therefore ought to fit the theme cover-wise.

What I Liked: Sophie is a sensible protagonist; her self-pity is, thank goodness, only annoying sometimes, and she stops pitying herself fairly quickly.
Apr 16, 2013 Dancer rated it liked it
From the author of Bewitching Season and Betraying Season comes a brand new regency romance with plenty of intrigue--and magic!

Sophie’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 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 gen
Tammy Burns
Oct 30, 2012 Tammy Burns rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, historical
Sophie knows loss. Two years ago, she became very ill and lost the ability to walk normally (she now has a very pronounced limp). During that time, she also lost her little sister, her mother, and her magical abilities. Now, two years later, she is finally entering society. Though she expects the stares, the whispers, and the pitying looks, never in her life did she truly think she would find both a best friend and someone who might actually care enough to marry her (without pity). Parthenope be ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
Courtship and Curses takes place during the Regency era. Sophie's papa has something to do with the war office and is very busy trying to fight Napoleon. Sophie herself is making her curtsey to society this season. However, when she was a child she suffered a severe illness that left her with a limp. The same illness also took her mother, her sister, and her magic from her. She is shy about dancing, or even walking in public.
When a handsome young lord begins paying attention to Sophie she hardl
Wandering Librarians
It's 1815, and Sophie should be excited about her coming out to London society, but illness has made her walk with a limp, and she knows the only match she'll make for herself is one that's after her money. Finding a husband loses its importance when Sophie realizes someone is using magic to attack the members of the War Cabinet, including her father! It's up to Sophie to figure out who's behind it, all the while trying to keep her own magic a secret.

A delightful romp! I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Oct 05, 2013 Chloé rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet again I find myself loving Ms. Doyle's writing. This book was full of mystery, attempted murder, and ball gowns. You know it's a good book when you find yourself believing you're one of the attendees to these balls watching everything go down. Yes, this book is amazing. It had a slow beginning which seems to be how Doyle writes. And, as always, once you get past the slow start the book is a whirlwind. Courtship and Curses, I have to say, is one of the best historical romances I've ever read. ...more
Lady Sophie Rosier is not looking forward to her comeout this year 1815. She had always dreamed of being guided through her Season with her beloved Mama, but a recent illness took Sophie's Mama and little sister and left Sophie lame. Now Sophie is all alone. Papa has been too absorbed in his work at the War Office now that Napoleon is back on the throne and her Aunt Molly is only interested in plants. Aunt Isabel isn't much of a comfort either, being sour and strict. Sophie soon discovers that n ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
Sophie’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 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 more than pity.

Sophie's problems escalate when someone uses magic to attack P
Okay, first, what is with this name? This cover? It sticks out like a sour thumb! I loved both of the twin's stories, the look, the style; totally spot on. But this was a sure fire flop for me.
Reading Marissa Doyle's first two books was great;
Bewitching Season- Woah, that was just... perfect! She has to have another to come out.
Betraying Season- OH MY GOD. THIS WAS MAGNIFICENT! This is the best moment of my childhood right here.
Courtship and Curses- that... what was that?
This was a very pred
Rea K
Jun 03, 2015 Rea K rated it really liked it
Shelves: wiscat
Figured out the villain approximately halfway through the book. Continued reading to see what the villain would do.
I believe that the only reason that this falls under the category of Leland Sisters is because it takes place in the same universe. Otherwise, we barely meet a Leland. We only see James Leland like three times. *shrugs*
Peregrine. Did the British nobility really give their children weirdass names? Not that Peregrine is completely weirdass. It could have been Pippin. Or Apple. Oh. R
Sep 08, 2014 Morgan rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I loved this book, it was such a pleasant surprise! I randomly found it browsing in the library, didn't know a thing about it, but Regency hijinks and witches always catch my attention. I thought the characters were wonderful; Sophie was easy to relate to and I liked her mixture of defiance and strength. She had her disability, which dragged her down mentally more than anything, but eventually she learned that people could see more than that which was so refreshing. And oh my goodness ...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
Feb 17, 2015 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it
The story is set in 1815, and starts out in London, then moves to Brussels, where most of the action takes place.
Sophie is a shy orphan, who finds a mentor in Madame Carswell, a distant family relation from India.
Sophie gradually gains self confidence and attracts the attention of Peregrine Hollesley.
The subplot has intrigue involving the Duke of Wellington.
A fun historical romance with just enough fantasy to make the story stand out.
Cecilia Rodriguez
The story takes place in 1815, London just as the Season is beginning. Sophie is an eighteen year old orphan who is being guided by her Aunts. She is self-conscious because she has a weak leg. The story moves to Brussels, where Sophie gradually over comes her natural shyness to strike up a romance.
Angelica Montanez
Oct 21, 2014 Angelica Montanez rated it liked it
I thought this book was a good night time book. I really truly only understood this book while I was half asleep. This book is great if you like love stories and magic. I thought this book was weird to me and I generally like books with magic in them. I would Much rather read something else.
Victoria Gaile
Feb 23, 2013 Victoria Gaile rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this better than #2 in the series (Betraying Season). It's only tenuously connected to the first two, which is fine because it felt like a fresh start.
The identity of the villain was overly telegraphed for my tastes (I usually can't figure these things out and don't try, so if it's obvious to me then I end up being irked by the obliviousness of the characters), but that was the only flaw I found in this charming story.

(Some might find the character-building pointed morals heavy-handed,
I had no idea this was part of a series. Stands alone just fine.
A fun regency romance read about a girl with a limp and her Season.
3.5 stars
Jan 06, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing
This book is like a cross between Downton Abbey and Harry Potter! In the year 1814 London, Sophie has mixed feelings about her coming-out because polio left her with a limp. Her mother did not survive the illness but taught her some witch magic before she died. Napoleon is trying to overtake Europe and Sophie's beloved papa works in the war office where someone is trying to kill him. Wonderful characters, especially Sophie's accomplice, Parthenope, and her eccentric aunts. History, fantasy, myst ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 stars. I have really enjoyed this series and I think I've liked this one the most. This book moves away from the Leland Sisters and goes back to 1815. I couldn't for the life of me figure out exactly hoe Lady Sophie, our main character, fit into the Leland sisters lives. Their father has a bit part, but I couldn't remember enough about the other books to completely understand. I really liked the romance in this one. Sophie's physical limitations and her journey to acceptance of them and he ...more
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