The Grand Tour: Or, The Purloined Coronation Regalia

The Grand Tour: Or, The Purloined Coronation Regalia

by Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer
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The Grand Tour or The Purloined Coronation Regalia 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This tale follows the further adventures of Kate and Cecelia and their husbands. Grown adults will enjoy it, too. Start with Sorcery and Cecelia and work your way through the books in order. Good tales, all, but ones that you can easily read in installments without stayong up all night. Great if you like reading a little before bed.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Originally published in 1988, I first read Sorcery and Cecelia after its re-release in 2004. Happily, that meant I didn't have quite as long a wait for a sequel as Kate and Cecy's original fans. Released in 2006, The Grand Tour or The Purloined Coronation Regalia picks up shortly after the end of Sorcery and Cecelia with both cousins newly married and beginning their honeymoons with an English tradition known aptly as the grand tour during which they plan to travel through the great cities of Europe. Like its prequel, this novel also has an extended title to offer further enlightenment as to what the story will actually relate. That title is: Being a Revelation of Matters of High Confidentiality and Greatest Importance, Including Extracts from the Intimate Diary of a Noblewoman and the Sworn Testimony of a Lady of Quality. While the plot of this novel does stand alone, I don't recommend reading this book before the first in the series because it just isn't as fun that way. Part of the great thing about these books is watching the girls grow and tracing the relationships between the characters--things that are harder to do without reading the books in order. (That said, a quick recap: The happily married couples are Kate and Thomas Schofield, Cecy and James Tarleton. My favorite couple is Cecelia and James. Thomas is a wizard, and Cecy is just realizing that she also has a magical aptitude. These novels are written with a variation of the Letter Game. Patricia C. Wrede is Cecelia and Caroline Stevermer is Kate.) Instead of being written in alternating letters, this volume alternates between excerpts from Cecelia's deposition to the Joint Representatives of the British Ministry of Magic, the War Office, and the Foreign office; and excerpts from Kate's . Joining the couples on part of their wedding(s) journey is Lady Sylvia, another wizard of note in England (and Thomas' mother). Expecting a leisurely honeymoon, and the chance to purchase proper bride clothes and secure the services of maids, both Cecelia and Kate are dismayed when their quiet grand tour turns into nothing less than a race to prevent an international conspiracy of Napoleanic proportions. As the couples tour Europe's great antiquities--and meet their fair share of unique tourists--the young women, and their husbands, begin to piece together a plot the likes of which no one could have previously imagined. Like Sorcery and Cecelia this novel once again serves as a lovely homage to Jane Austen. The pacing and tone of The Grand Tour is again reminiscent of Austen's work (or George Eliot's for that matter). Nonetheless, some of the plot did seem more difficult to follow than, say, the first book in this series though the problem was remedied with back-reading. I love these characters unconditionally, in a way I rarely love book characters. Artless, charming, and profoundly entertaining, both Cecelia and Kate are first-rate characters in a first-rate fantasy series.
joeysgretchen More than 1 year ago
This book picks up with CeCy and Kate and their husbands as they travel across Europe. The adventures and misshaps they experience are funny and exciting. The narrative style of this series is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a rteally good book although not as good as the first. wjat i don't get though is the invisibility spell. thomas says that you can't cast that spell without going blind for a while. but in the first book lady sylvia did it and didn't go blind. but this was still a pretty good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was really great. It showed the couples trying to find the solution and still showed them enjoying their honymoon. I would have like to see more interaction between Cecy and James but other than that it was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to buy the second book even though the initial reviews were poor. I was happily suprised to find that I completely disagree with the first two reviews. I found the book difficult to put down and not at all slow. The only complaint the I have is that there is not another book yet. I am really looking foreward to another adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was just as good as the first, if not better. I think that anyone who loves adventure might really enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it.
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My least favorite of the 3, but still fun. I reccomend this one reading this one last. The style wasn't as natural as the letters--the deposition seemed gimmicky. Still fun, gossipy writing.
CraftyNightOwls More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book in the series. I find the characters to be charming and fantastic. these 2 sets of now honeymooners journey through europe and find yet another adventure thrust upon them. Love how well the plot is written and how well the characters work together. this was a fun read. one that I had a hard time putting down and at the same time looking forward to the next book.
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I was so looking forward to reading 'The Grand Tour' because I really loved the first book (Sorcery and Cecelia). But this time, the format and story was not as defined as before. What I didn't like in 'The Grand Tour' was that in the Kate portion of the story we got to see a little of her romance with Thomas, but nothing in the Cecy part. It was such a disparate difference. I suppose it could be reasoned that the personalities are different and what they write about reflect this but come one, Cecy is on her honeymoon, couldn't she have written one brief romantic interlude between herself and James? Also, the mystery this time was so convuluted, I liked the simplier professor Hillary tale from 'Sorcery and Cecelia.' 'The Grand Tour,' left me confused and not really caring to find out what the big mystery was about, it almost seemed a little forced. It will be interesting to see if they write a third book in this series. They did leave the door open. I just hope they go back to the easy flow and rhythm they had with 'Sorcery and Cecelia.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the sequal to Sorcery and Cecelia or the Magic Chocolate Pot. While I enjoyed that book very much, the sequal is slow and boring.