The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels is witty, romantic, and action-packed

The Westeria Society of Lady Scoundrels. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
The Westeria Society of Lady Scoundrels. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /

India Holton’s The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels tells the story of Cecilia Bassingwaite, a proper Victorian lady and….a thief! Since her mother’s death, she’s lived with her overprotective aunt and has been trying her best to get admitted into The Wisteria Society.

Every time she thinks she’s finally going to be approved, the ladies make up another excuse. As Cecilia comes to find out, her past is much darker than she first thought and it’s about to come back to haunt her in a big way.

She also must deal with a fellow thief (or is he?), Ned Lightbourne. They first meet when Ned tries to break into Cecilia’s house and the spark between them ignites immediately. And that spark does not seem to go out despite the fact that Ned has been hired to assassinate Cecilia. What’s a little assassination between wannabe lovers, right?

Ned also happens to be working for Captain Morvath, the main enemy of The Wisteria Society. So how do Cecilia and he have a chance at love? Well, Ned is not at all who he says he is and he has plans of his own for Captain Morvath.

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels review

And speaking of Morvath, besides wanting to destroy The Wisteria Society, Morvath has plans for Cecilia as well. The two have a connection that no one is talking about and it means bad things for the ladies of the Society.

Let’s just say the ladies of The Wisteria Society, including Cecilia’s aunt, are about to be kidnapped and Cecilia needs to find a way to save them.

This book could not be more fun, hilarious, and filled with action, thievery, and romance. India Holton’s writing style will keep you reading well past your bedtime. It’s hard not to smile while reading her prose.

It also doesn’t hurt that these characters are wacky, fun, and eccentric. One minute you think you know what’s going to happen or how a character is going to respond and then things take a complete left turn in the most delightfully bizarre direction. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that was this much fun.

Oh, and did I mention that their main form of transportation is floating houses? They drive around their homes like they are airships. It’s amazing!

As for the romance, Cecilia and Ned are absolutely made for each other. They are just as eccentric and as weird as each other. They’re like pieces of the same strange puzzle and they fit together perfectly.

If you are looking for a refreshing take on a historical romance, you need to check out The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton. It does not disappoint!

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The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels is available now in paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.