Sorcery and Cecelia or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, is a book that’s as delicious as it sounds. The recipe? One part Regency romance, two parts pen-pal gossip exchange, and a generous heap of magical mischief.
Kate and Cecelia are cousins in 1800s England—though it’s a slightly different place than the one you and I know from our Austen novels. In this world, there’re evil sorceresses and dusty spell books to spice things up.
Kate is spending the season in glamorous London, while Cecelia stays behind in the country, living vicariously through Kate’s accounts of balls, tea parties, and carriage rides. But things pick up—and not all for the best—when Cecelia intercepts a pot of chocolate meant for someone else. Before the summer is up, someone’s tried to poison Kate and Cecelia is being followed by the most incompetent stalker ever. Will the girls make it through the season?
Told entirely in letters, this book began as a writing exercise between authors Patricia and Caroline. Without knowing where the book was going, they began exchanging letters, using the voices of two characters they’d invented. Sound intriguing? Watch the Contest page! We’ll have an epistolary-themed contest coming up on Friday.
In the meantime, you can read the first couple of letters from the novel right here on Figment!