The League of Gentlewomen Witches

- India Holton


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.



Charlotte could listen no more in silence.


enjoyable/easy to read:
I’m glad I gave the Dangerous Damsels series a second shot. The narrative is much less muddled by the dialogue this time around, and I enjoyed the dynamic between pirates and witches.

Somewhere at the back of her mind, Jane Austen's heroines were shouting, waving volumes of Mansfield Park, and trying to remind her of the fate awaiting unchaste women. But they were drowned out by the echoing memory of Alex calling her strong, fierce, gorgeous, brave.

I really liked Charlotte and Alex – maybe even more than Cecilia and Ned, though I did enjoy their cameos in The League of Gentlewomen Witches. Charlotte’s inner monologue with authors and their memorable characters was a highlight, as was her banter with Alex. Like Cecilia, Charlotte has been pretty sheltered, but Charlotte is a bit quicker on the draw out in the real world. And where Ned waited until the end to reveal his past and how it has affected him, Alex is a little more haunted by his history. This gives their relationship some room to grow and develop into something believable.

They gazed at each other, grinning rather foolishly.
Turning, they found Bixby shaking his head with exasperation. "I beg your pardon," he said without the least hint of apology in his voice, "but is this a romance or is it an adventure? For I will remind you, we are missing the ongoing action."

Like The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, The League of Gentlewomen Witches has a lot of elements that were good on their own but not entirely successful when put together. It was definitely more cohesive and much easier to read, though, so this series appears to be on the upswing. The next book looks to be a departure from the pirates versus witches theme, but I’m hoping it just keeps getting better.



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