Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Grand Tour by Patricia C. Wrede

The Grand Tour (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Patricia C. Wrede, Caroline Stevermer

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1,329395,845 (3.66)74
Title:The Grand Tour
Authors:Patricia C. Wrede
Other authors:Caroline Stevermer
Info:Graphia (2006), Paperback, 480 pages
Collections:Wishlist, Read but unowned

Work details

The Grand Tour, or, The Purloined Coronation Regalia by Patricia C. Wrede (2004)

Recently added bycolleenrec, private library, LittleMsMack, e2d2, hohosmurf, MsJulian, wardemote, katie, AlbaRosa



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 74 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 39 (next | show all)
The sequel to [b:Sorcery and Cecilia] is significantly less charming than its predecessor. I had a hard time remember which character was which, and who was married to who. I had an equally difficult time caring about the plot. From Kelly's review of the third book, it doesn't look like the series gets much better. Save yourself the effort and reread Dealing with Dragons or Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
This novel may have been a little slow but I really enjoyed it. It is a sequel to the The Enchanted Chocolate Pot which I also really liked. There is humor, mystery and romance. Just up my alley. The book may have neem geared to YA but I liked it anyway. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jun 4, 2015 |
I finally finished reading The Grand Tour (the sequel to Sorcery and Cecilia) and I enjoyed it thoroughly. As the four main characters are together in their adventure this time the story is far more coherent. The characters are allowed to interact from the get go rather than waiting for the details to slowly filter through the back and forth letters. This time the story is told in diary form (again from Cecy and Kate's POV's) and all I can say is that Cecy and Kate are far better diary writers than letter writers! I also found the plot stronger. I'm glad I made it through the first book so I could appreciate the second book. Readers who haven't read Sorcery and Cecilia, will be able to enjoy The Grand Tour. ( )
  pussreboots | Sep 23, 2014 |
I thought it was a serious let down after The Enchanted Chocolate Pot. The story just isn't as interesting, and neither is the fact that it's a diary rather then letters. ( )
  swampygirl | Dec 9, 2013 |
Kate, Thomas, Cecelia, and James go on their honeymoon together - the "Grand Tour" of Europe. However, trouble of a magical nature seems to follow them wherever they go, and none of them is the type to sit back and not fight against bad guys, whether they be power-hungry magicians or Bonapartists.

The same things that made Sorcery & Cecelia so great are the ones that make this sequel fall a bit flat (comparatively). Kate and Cecelia have complementary personalities, which is great! And they fell in love with and married men who have complementary personalities to themselves, which is also great! However, it results in Cecelia being a lot like Thomas and Kate being a lot like James, and they end up having a lot of conversations with and spending time alone with each other's husbands. It is both a) confusing and b) a little weird. Also, the epistolary format that was so spectacular and original in the first book is just awkward when the girls are physically together for the majority of the novel.

However, the writing was good, the plot was good, and the ending was excellent, so I'm eager to read the next installment. ( )
  norabelle414 | Jun 12, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 39 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wrede, Patricia C.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stevermer, Carolinemain authorall editionsconfirmed
D'moch, LydiaDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Douglas, AllenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eismann, KellyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elwell, TristanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Isaacs, PatriciaMap designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Deepest gratitude to Chris Bell, Charlotte Boynton, Anna Feruglio Dal Dan, Diana Wynne Jones, Anna Mazzoldi, Delia Sherman, Sherwood Smith, and Eve Sweetser, who helped to catch the mistakes we made in this book. Any fresh errors are, of course, our own.
First words
I suppose that if I were going to blame our involvement on anyone (which I see no reason to do), I would be compelled to say it was all Aunt Charlotte's fault.
I suppose somewhere, down deep inside, everyone has her own goat. We know it when we see it.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
In 1817, two cousins take a honeymoon "Grand Tour of the Continent" with their new husbands and become entangled in a mysterious plot to create a magical Emperor of Europe. [Library of Congress summary]
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0152055568, Paperback)

In this elegant, old-fashioned rambler, a sequel to the historical fantasy Sorcery and Cecilia, a party of five Brits (three of them are wizards)--Kate and Thomas Schofield, Cecy and James Tarleton, and Lady Sylvia--takes a "grand tour" of 19th-century Europe. What promises to be a pleasant exploration of old world antiquities and fancy shops turns out to be an adventure of a lifetime when Cecy receives a mysterious alabaster flask (a coronation treasure) from an agitated Lady in Blue. Before they know it, they are wrapped up in a magical conspiracy to take over Europe.

Written in two voices by two different authors, the novel alternates between Cecy's deposition and excerpts from her dear friend and cousin Kate's diary. Despite the crisp, clever dialogue and wonderful character subtleties in this Jane Austen-style comedy of manners, readers may be confused by the episodic nature of the novel whose mysteries take their sweet time in unfolding. Teens with the patience to savor this slow-as-molasses grand tour, however, will be amply rewarded by the novel's myriad delights. (Ages 14 and older) --Karin Snelson

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:47 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

In 1817, two English cousins take a honeymoon "Grand Tour of the Continent" with their new husbands and become entangled in a mysterious plot to create a magical Emperor of Europe.

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
64 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.66)
1 2
1.5 1
2 20
2.5 6
3 105
3.5 47
4 124
4.5 13
5 53

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,169,276 books! | Top bar: Always visible