Time to announce the December book club pick! I went with something a little different, but something that I know many of you already love. Our selection is Sorcery and Cecelia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.
Here's the summary:
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.
The story is told in epistolary style with letters back and forth that are terribly easy to sink into. There's magic adjacent to Regency manners, romance and mystery – there's a lot to enjoy in this book, y'all.
The book is available digitally and in paperback. As always, All Romance eBooks is offering the 50% eBook Buck rebate if you use code SBTBARE at checkout. Plus, since Open Road Media is the digital publisher, coupons are welcome (Yay!).
The rebate will be valid from December 1-14, 2012.
And if paper is your preference, you can find a copy at Amazon, BN, or your local independent bookseller, or perhaps your local library. (That's a US library link – if there's a website that collates other library catalogs in other countries, please let me know!)
I'm working on setting up a chat date and as soon as I have details I will let you know.
I hope you give this book a try if you've never read it, and if you already have, that you'll join us for the chat. This is an immensely creative and delightful book, and I hope you enjoy it.