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Today, I reread a friendly book: “Sorcery and Cecelia” by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.
It is a charming book, and probably about as close to a “manners” style book as I’m likely to recommend. Because, it really is more of a “period piece” than a plot-driven book… sort of. Except that it still definitely has a plot. Oh, and the time period it’s a “period piece” of is early 19th century, in a setting where there’s magic.
One of the really fun things about it is that the two authors wrote the book in the style of a game. They wrote letters back and forth to each other, and thus created the plot.
It is not necessarily the most plot-driven of all of Wrede’s works, but it is still quite amusing, and I recommend it.