As you may have noticed, I am an Austenite. I've got a shelf overflowing with books by and about Jane Austen, and that has led me to enjoy other books set in the Regency era as well. Books like this! I guess you could call this magical historical realism fiction?
Curse and Consequence is set in the Regency era, but it's filled with magic. Two brothers, Hugh and Sedgwick Whitby, both fancy the same girl, Rea Abernathy. Rea is their mother's ward, and she spends most of her time tending the animals on their family's estate. Because she loves them, not because she needs to, you understand. Well, one brother decides he just has to have her for himself, so he pays a faery to put some kind of mild blight on his brother... or so he thought. The curse ends up hitting more than one person, and then the curse gets changed, and everyone ends up having to be honest about their thoughts and feelings and who they are inside before it all gets sorted out.
This was a fun, quick read, and I think my daughters will be charmed by it when they're old enough to be interested in boy+girl stories.
Particularly Good Bits:
She let the thought sink into emptiness, into that aching hollow where she kept all her secrets, where she kept her true self, the self she never let anyone see (p. 21).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for some mild, magical danger to the characters. The romance is very mild and clean, just a kiss or two exchanged toward the end.