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Marissa Doyle graduated from Bryn Mawr College and went on to graduate school intending to be an archaeologist but somehow got distracted. After working in a nursing home, in fundraising, and as a stay-at-home mom, she finally figured out what it was she really should be doing (apart from the mom part), and started writing a romance novel. Three books later a perceptive contest judge told her that her story would make a great young adult book, and she hasn’t looked back since.
Her young adult books Bewitching Season, Betraying Season, and Courtship and Curses, all from Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan, blend history (remember that archaeology background?) with a dash of magic and a heaping tablespoon of romance, and have won multiple awards and recognition in both the romance and children’s literature worlds. She lives in her native Massachusetts with her family, including a pair of litterbox-trained pet rabbits, and loves making quilts, sailing, and antiques. With fellow author and history geek Regina Scott she hosts the long-running (in its sixth year!) teen history blog NineteenTeen, is an Administrator on the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Message Board, and sits on the board of the New England Chapter/RWA.
Please visit her at her website, www.marissadoyle.com, and at NineteenTeen http://nineteenteen.com.
on Dec. 26, 2013 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
As a fan of the Leland Sisters books Betraying Season and Bewitching Season, I was pleased to have an opportunity to review another one of Marissa Doyle's works Charles Bewitched. This novella follows Persy's and Pen's little brother Charles, now sixteen years old, as he spends his summer break from school with Persy and her husband. As soon as he arrives at their estate, he finds Persy is missing. The hunt for her leads Charles into the fairy lands where he finds his sister is being forced to marry a fairy lord. Now it is up to him to find a way to reunite his sister with her real husband, and that's proving to be a difficult task.
It was fun to catch up with the Lelands and jump back into their world. Charles has grown up a lot since we last saw him in the books about his sisters, but he still carries a youthful enthusiasm for learning more about his magic and the magic in the world around him. I love the way the author weaves in historical details that gives her pieces authenticity, but also how she puts her own magical spin on them. Charles Bewitched is a fun and fantastical read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 07, 2013 :
I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Marissa Doyle for this opportunity.
I will start with saying I have not previously read any of the books in the Leland Sisters series. It is my understanding that they can all be read as stand alone books. Charles Bewitched is a short novella and the last of the Leland Sisters series.
Charles is just coming home for his summer holidays to find out that something has been going on with his older sister Persy, who he is going to stay with while his parents are in Ireland visiting his other sister Pen. The day he comes home is the day Persy goes missing and the adventure begins. I quickly fell in love with the cast of characters and how each one brings something interesting to the story. Charles quickly finds out what has happened to his sister and will not stop until he figures out a way to get her back from the ones who have taken her.
Let me just say I love any books containing fairies and this one did not disappoint! I really enjoyed the story the author wove and the way it flowed even in a short novella ,which usually leaves a lot unanswered but not this one. Marissa Doyle did an amazing job of telling the story and tying up all the loose ends in the series.
I have to admit, this was my first time to read any of her works and now I can’t wait to go back and read this whole series!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)