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H o l t o n

Slow Burn Romance 
With Sudden Explosions

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

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The Battle Of The Sexes

Is About To Get Explosive.



A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this historical fantasy romcom. Featuring dangerous ladies in flying houses, dreamy men in tight trousers, and a romance that literally soars.


One of Bustle's Best New Books Out June 2021 | A Popsugar Best Summer Read of 2021 | Amazon Editor's Pick

The kind of book for which the word "rollicking" was invented. Holton is having as much fun as the English language will permit.

- New York Times Book Review

Holton excels at witty banter.

- Library Journal

Readers will adore the hilariously courteous combat, social sniping, juicy flirtation... With secret identities, secret doors, and secret histories to spare, this high-octane layer-cake of escapism hits the spot.

- Publishers Weekly

I love everything about The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, and this absolutely delightful romp does in fact have EVERYTHING. Brontes. The Great Peril. The juxtaposition of whimsy and violence, romance and roguishness. India's debut is charming, clever, action-packed, with masterful bantering-while-dueling choreography: it reminds me of The Princess Bride, except swoonier and more fantastical. It's an instant beloved favorite.”

- Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other

This was stunningly smart and clever, with Wildean wit bearing sucker-punch social commentary in sparkling, drolly delivered lines. If you're looking for something as brilliantly outside the box as it is seductively smart and swoony, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels is for you!

- Chloe Liese, author of the Bergman Brothers series

In this joyride of a debut, Holton draws us into a madcap world of courtly corsairs, murderous matrons, and pity-inspiring henchmen. Familiar romance tropes appear but as if in a fun-house mirror, with broad winks at their origins.

- Kirkus Reviews

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels is easily the most delightfully bonkers historical fantasy romance of 2021!  I enjoyed every absorbing moment. 


- Jen DeLuca, author of Well Played

I cannot explain how much I love this book. Cuckoo and wacky and romantic and hilarious and just so, so much fun. This is Mary Poppins and pirates and just everything I’ve ever wanted in one book but didn’t know about until now. Instant classic. I will reread it forever.

- Goodreads reviewer

The most charming, clever, and laugh-out-loud funny book I've read all year—it is impossible to read The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels and not fall in love with its lady pirates, flying houses, and swoon-worthy romance. India Holton's utterly delightful debut is pure joy from start to finish...As if Howl's Moving Castle, The Princess Bride, and a historical romance had a baby.


- Martha Waters, author of To Have & To Hoax

Content Warnings:  mild violence,  on-page death (not explicit) of background character, domestic violence, adoption, open-door sex scene (heat rating 3.5)

The League of Gentlewomen Witches


A Fastidious Witch.

An Uncouth Pirate.

And A Whole Lot of Mayhem.

A witch who is as proper as a Jane Austen heroine, and a pirate who is no Mr Darcy, race across Victorian England in pursuit of a magical amulet in this historical fantasy romcom companion to The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels. Featuring enemies to lovers, literal hijinks, and a romance that might bring disaster upon everyone. 

MARCH 15th 2022

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India Holton lives in a small seaside village in New Zealand, where she writes historical fantasy romcoms about plucky girls, unconventional women, and the men who love them. India's writing is fuelled by tea, buttered scones, and thunderstorms.


India Holton is the author of The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, a fantastical romcom set in an alternate Victorian era. She lives in coastal New Zealand, where she grew up running barefoot around islands, following ghosts through forests, and messing around in boats. She spent several years teaching and now writes about plucky girls, unconventional women, and the men who love them. India's writing is fuelled by tea, buttered scones, and thunderstorms.


Representation: Taylor Haggerty, Root Literary

Publicity: Jessica Brock, Penguin Random House

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