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The Grand Tour: or the Purloined Coronation Regalia

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Grand Tour: or the Purloined Coronation Regalia (2004) Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

We last saw our heroines married and getting ready to start their Honeymoon Grand Tour, or travel across Europe, which begins with the trip across the Channel.

“Don’t fret,” Thomas told him, in what I thought was a most unfeeling tone. “Nobody ever dies of seasickness ; they only wish they would.”

Ceci’s father has of course given them lots of ancient ruins and monuments to see while they are on their tour.

Ask C. to check Uncle’s handwriting before I write home with description. He would be upset if I got name wrong and Minerva Anthrax seems most unlikely.

Almost as soon as they land in France, strange incidents seem to occur, which draw the two couples (and the dowager Lady) into intrigue and mystery.

Though they do also get to see plenty of antiquities.

I had never before seen quite so many entirely unsuitable antiquities in one place. Their existence in such numbers gives one a very odd impression of the ancients, if one stops to think.

Because the cousins are together, they obviously can’t write letters back and forth, so instead we have parts of Cecelia’s deposition to the Ministry of Magic, War Office, and Foreign Office and entries from Kate’s commonplace book (i.e. journal).

It’s not quite the same feel as the letters, but it’s still a fun romp.
Rating: 7/10

Published by Open Road Media Teen & Tween

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