You may remember that one of my favorite books of last year was The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton (review here), so I'm thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for the follow-up, The League of Gentlewomen Witches.
|Pub Date: 3-15-22|
Adult - Historical Fantasy/Romance
Miss Charlotte Pettifer is part of a secret league of women who dabble in witchcraft. Their league--which is not to be confused with that other society filled with uncouth pirates-- never uses magic for their own gain (unless, of course, they see someone with a strand of pearls that would look way better around their necks), and instead focus on bettering the community around them. They weave their magic to slightly manipulate their surroundings to better fit their needs and what they deem proper.
When the long-lost amulet of Black Beryl, a notable witch, is discovered, it's up to Charlotte to retrieve it and claim her birthright. Before Charlotte was born, she was prophesied as being the future leader of the League, and if she doesn't get her hands on that amulet, everything she knows could be taken from her. Unfortunately for Charlotte, that means she must work with Captain Alex O'Reilly, a roguish and not-handsome-in-the-slightest pirate. Witches and pirates are notorious enemies, but Charlotte and Alex are forced to put their differences aside to find the amulet before their world begins to crumble. But they soon realize it's easier said than done. They set out to steal an amulet; they never expected to steal each other's hearts as well.
If you were to take the adventure hijinks of The Princess Bride, the wittiness of Monty Python, and the sass of the Parasol Protectorate, you would get Holton's writing. It can be both whip-smart and utterly ridiculous at the same time, and that's one of my favorite combinations. Her comedic timing is on point, and always manages to hit you with a sarcastic remark or deadpan delivery at just the right moment. Just like the first book, I was hooked from the first paragraph and couldn't read fast enough. Charlotte and Alex are both arrogant and stubborn which led to amazing banter (and me going, "Ok, now, kiss" in my head), and were just so fun to follow. Charlotte isn't the most likable character at first, but she grows on you by the end. Aside from the characters, the plot is solid and so enjoyable. It's such a fast-paced wild romp of a ride. I was chuckling to myself the entire time. If you enjoy historical fiction, fantasy, or romance (with a little bit of steaminess), you need to check this series out.