Swashbuckling and Saucy—These Witches Will Steal Your Heart!
“It is a truth seldom acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a good fortune is not especially in want of a husband.”
If you’re not familiar with India Holton, then let me introduce you—if the literary love child of Jane Austen and William Goldman created a brain, it would assuredly reside within India Holton. Written with quippy and cunning wit, The League of Gentlewomen Witches is a swashbuckling tale, a magical romance, and treasure hunt in one delightful novel.
Charlotte Pettifer is a witch and don’t you dare even think that she is anything like those lady pirates of The Wisteria Society. Determined to live up to the glory in which she was prophesized to be Black Beryl’s heir and keeper of the recently discovered amulet Charlotte must first outwit the Lady Scoundrels of the Wisteria Society as well as guard her heart against the cunning and chivalry of one infamous and handsome pirate—Alex O’Reily.
“Alex did not believe in happiness. He believed in temporary self-delusion and gin.”
Charlotte and Alex are remarkably attuned to each other, which makes this the best sort of enemies to lover romance. They also—delightfully—give in to each other quite quickly and repeatedly while also still maintaining their meticulously intricate courting disguised as a treasure hunt. I adore that this romance is equal parts fantastical as well mysterious, and I honestly could not get enough of the quippy fun.
The League of Gentlewomen Witches is not a book that should be read in one sitting, but I won’t blame you if you gobble this in one sitting. The way India Holton crafts her story is so smart that I think each chapters should be savored. From the delightful teases in the chapter heading to each individual scene that makes up a little snapshot in Charlotte and Alex’s adventure—all are crafted with cunning and finesse.
“Alex drew a breath as if to chastise her. She smiled, daring him. And then he kissed her. And she discovered there was a magic beyond words.”
If you haven’t read The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, I highly suggest you do so since many of the same characters make an appearance in Charlotte’s story, though it isn’t necessary. The League of Gentlewomen Witches is equal parts magic and fantasy and one hundred percent enchanting. This is one historical fantasy romance that shouldn’t be missed especially if you love any or all of those elements!
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.