The League of Gentlewomen Witches
“As much fun as the English language will permit.”—New York Times Book Review on The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the teahouse. . . .
Miss Charlotte Pettifer belongs to a secret league of women skilled in the subtle arts. That is to say—although it must never be said—witchcraft. The League of Gentlewomen Witches strives to improve the world in small ways. Using magic, they tidy, correct, and manipulate according to their notions of what is proper, entirely unlike those reprobates in the Wisteria Society.
When the long lost amulet of Black Beryl is discovered, it is up to Charlotte, as the future leader of the League, to make sure the powerful talisman does not fall into the wrong hands. Therefore, it is most unfortunate when she crosses paths with Alex O’Riley, a pirate who is no Mr. Darcy. With all the world scrambling after the amulet, Alex and Charlotte join forces to steal it together. If only they could keep their pickpocketing hands to themselves! If Alex’s not careful, he might just steal something else—such as Charlotte’s heart.
A dignified witch is caught in a whirlwind adventure with a knavish pirate in Victorian London in Holton's cheeky sequel to The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels. As the descendent of Wicken League founder Beryl Black, Charlotte Pettifer is destined to be the next leader of the secret society of powerful witches. Though witches and pirates are sworn enemies, roguishly charming Captain Alex O'Riley threatens Charlotte's composure from their first meeting. Charlotte is eager to forget their undeniable connection, but that task grow complicated when Beryl's stolen amulet resurfaces, and, in an attempt to recover her ancestor's artifact, Charlotte stows away on Alex's flying house to give chase to the thief. In close quarters, neither Charlotte nor Alex can deny their chemistry. But with the Wicken League and the Wisteria Society, leaders of London's pirate community, eager to stop their budding romance, Charlotte must decide between her birthright and the thrilling life she could have with Alex. The whimsical worldbuilding forms a perfect backdrop to the angsty couple, and Holton's winking narration, which puts her in cahoots with the reader, makes her exaggerated characters work. Overflowing with heart, humor, and hyperbole, this clever romance enchants.
So much fun!
The League of Gentlewomen Witches by India Holten is the second installment in her popular Dangerous Damsels series, but can easily be read as a stand-alone book. I enjoyed it so much, I rushed out and got the first book in the series, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, and read it next. This hilarious, audacious, and somewhat steamy story will take you on a ride you didn’t know you needed.
If you want a book that makes sense and is orderly, go find another book, this is not for you. If you want to laugh out loud, snicker, giggle and crackle while reading, then this IS the book for you.
Miss Charlotte Pettifer is a member of The League of Gentlewomen Witches, who strive to improve the lives of women with small touches of gentility. They are very proper women. They would use witchcraft if witches were read, and of course, they are not, because if they were witches, they would be burned at the stake. Charlotte has always known that she is the heir to Black Beryl and is the future leader of the League. So, when Black Beryl’s amulet is discovered, she must have it, in order to keep it out of the hands of evildoers. While trying to secure the Amulet, she runs into the famous pirate, Alex O’Riley and they team up together to find the Amulet.
I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. Flying houses, pirates, witches, and adventure all add up to a very enjoyable book. There is over-the-top madcap humor that I loved, and also more subtle humor that I enjoyed just as much. It’s one of those books that I could read over and over again and it would still be just as funny each time I read it. The little quips and asides in the dialogue are just so clever and funny, and so subtle sometimes, that I know I didn’t catch them all during my initial reading.
If you’re looking for pure escapism that will keep you laughing, this is the book for you. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.