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Courtship and Curses

(Leland Sisters 0.5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  654 ratings  ·  102 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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It wasn't so funny like Bewitching Season (first part of the series), at least for me.

There could have been no magic at all here, the story would have survived.

To me, it was the story about defining oneself. Who you want to be, who you are afraid to be. Who, you think, other people want you to be. The message was really well put into the story. I am sure that many young people with some kind of illness or just looking a little different from most people, will find here comfort and encouragement.
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
Aug 28, 2012 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
Mary Ellen
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 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 fun...I just wish there was 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
Maureen E
Jul 05, 2012 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
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
This is the prequel to the series and is another Regency period romance with a twist of magic. Sophie is preparing for her season, but is struggling without her mother and the damage to her let from an illness that has left her with a limp. The illness has also impacted her magical abilities. Her aunts, who are sponsoring her Season, are not much help, with Molly being obsessed with horticulture and Isabel being difficult to deal with and old-fashioned. Thankfully, the widow of her father’s frie ...more
Jennifer Heise
Not bad for fantasy Regency, especially with a string of amusing characters and a mystery involved. Hangs together much better than #2 in the series. I like Sophie and her supportive friends. Still, it feels not quite solidly put together (it's hard to run a real romance through Wellington and his An Infamous Army as even Georgette Heyer found. The magic part in particular didn't hook in properly to the rest. Still, a good bunch of characters and worth spending time with.
Angie Hershey Boehm
3.5 stars, I think.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn't feel that the magic element add much to the story, until the very end. Also, I think the author could have done more to involve the reader's feelings. I wasn't as emotionally invested in the romance as I would have liked.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
Lower end of 3 stars. It was bad, just wasn't great. Had its really good moments, but found myself skimming a lot.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed it. IT was a cute story of magic and love and finding out who you are even with your disabilities.
Rachel Hogan
Perfect for my Regency era fix. I wish there were more scenes between Peregrine and Sophie but it was still a good read.
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.
Vampress Bathory
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
" Heroes are not always the biggest or the strongest, petite. They are just the ones who do what is most needed when necessary, without hesitating," -This quote is so powerful and true.
This book was such a delightful read! I absolutely adored it! It was like a wonderful cupcake washed down with mint tea! It was sweet but not diabetes inducing and also refreshing! I love myself a regency novel and I also love when it has not only romance, but lots of action, mystery solving and magic. Also I lov
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.
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
May 23, 2015 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
Sandra Strange
Ok, I really enjoyed this novel. It's a Regency, with Wellington playing an important part. It is full of humor and fun, as many in the mode of Georgette Heyer. However, it is also a fantasy--with magic a major force in the novel. What a fun combination with a predictable, but still very enjoyable, romance. The novel is well written with a worthy theme--dealing with a disability in a society in which disability brings on condemnation and prejudice.
Jailene Hernandez
Sep 16, 2014 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,
Oct 05, 2013 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
Oct 07, 2012 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
Jun 27, 2014 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
Tammy Burns
Oct 11, 2012 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
Apr 16, 2013 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
Jan 01, 2015 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
Aug 06, 2012 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
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
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
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
Rebekah Thomas
Oct 17, 2014 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
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