Publication Date: June 15, 2021
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The Princess Bride meets Kingsman in this fantastical romance debut about a delightfully proper young Victorian lady’s quest to save her kidnapped aunt while navigating magical hijinks.
Cecilia Bassingwaite is the ideal Victorian lady. She’s also a thief. Like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, she flies around England drinking tea, blackmailing friends, and acquiring treasure by means far more interesting than purchase. Sure, she has a dark and traumatic past and an overbearing aunt, and no, she’s not technically an official member of the Society yet, despite years of petitioning—but all things considered, it’s a pretty pleasant existence. Until the men show up.
Ned Lightbourne is a sometimes assassin who is smitten with Cecilia from the moment they meet. Unfortunately, that happens to be while he’s under direct orders to kill her. His employer (one of them, anyway) is Captain Morvath, who possesses a gothic abbey bristling with cannons and an unbridled hate for the world. He intends to rid England of all its presumptuous women, starting with the Wisteria Society. Ned has plans of his own. But both men have made one grave mistake: Never underestimate a woman.
When Morvath kidnaps the members of the Wisteria Society, Cecilia is forced to team up with her devilishly handsome would-be assassin (who seems quite inept indeed), face her demons, and risk her life to save the women who raised her—hopefully proving, once and for all, that she’s as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them.
Story Locale: Fantasy Victorian England
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