by E.F. Benson
With the approach of a significant milestone, Lucia decides that she must look sharp, if she wants to leave a lasting mark upon the world. Never one to dilly-dally, she immediately sets her plans into action. She'll have to keep on her toes if she hopes to balance serious mark-making with her duties as Tilling's society queen.
(This is my second time reading Lucia's Progress; this time around, it was a shared read.)
Lucia and Company never fail to entertain! Rejoining the characters is like reuniting with a circle of old friends. They are old friends that tend to snipe at one another, gossip, and (gently) back-stab-- and some of them aren't so much "friends" as they are rivals-- but it's amusing and cozy gossip and sniping.
I slightly preferred some of the previous Lucia books to this one, but it is still thoroughly pleasing stuff of its kind.
Interesting tidbit: This book has also been published under the title The Worshipful Lucia.