I n d i a
H o l t o n
Slow Burn Romance
With Sudden Explosions
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
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.
An IndieBound Bestseller | One of Bustle's Best New Books | A Popsugar Best Summer Read | 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 abuse (off page), 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
“What happens when a prim and proper witch crosses paths with a dashing pirate? Flaming chaos and delicious debauchery, of course. The League of Gentlewomen Witches is another wickedly funny romp through this glorious world created by India Holton.”
—Harper St. George, author of The Devil and the Heiress
“When a prickly witch meets her match in a dangerously endearing pirate…the match bursts into flames! India Holton’s joyous, swoony, genre-exploding novel is a marvel, bristling with wit (and weaponry!) and brimming with love. The League of Gentlewomen Witches will steal your heart, fly it to the moon, and return it to your chest, sparking with magic and just in time for tea.”
—Joanna Lowell, author of The Runaway Duchess
“Fantastical, romantic fun! Sparkling with witty allusions to Shakespeare and Austen, whimsical adventure, and tenderhearted romance, The League of Gentlewomen Witches is a book lover’s dream come true.”
—Chloe Liese, author of the Bergman Brothers series
"Sexy, funny, and utterly charming, The League of Gentlewomen Witches is like a deliciously over-caffeinated historical romance novel. Not only does Holton treat us to a fiery feminist witch as our heroine and a dashing pirate as our leading man, but she also gives us lyrical prose and crackling banter to enjoy on the side. Buckle up, readers, because this is a ride you won’t want to miss.”
--Lynn Painter, author of Better Than The Movies and Mr. Wrong Number
Content Warnings: mild violence, domestic abuse, open-door sex scenes (heat rating 3.5)
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 Indie bestseller The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, and the upcoming The League of Gentlewomen Witches, two fantasty romcoms 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.
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Publicity: Stephanie Felty, Penguin Random House
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