(The Swooning Virgins Society #2) by Anna Bradley
Published: February 2nd 2021
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Length: 282 Pages
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
As the women of the Clifford Charity School for Wayward Girls fearlessly bring corrupt aristocrats to justice, they put their lives—and their hearts—on the line…
Going undercover as a governess is a first for Cecilia Gilchrist. But once she’s installed in Darlington Castle, discovering whether the mysterious marquess murdered his wife proves more daunting than she imagined. Dashing widower Gideon Rhys, Marquess of Darlington, is clearly harboring secrets—but is it possible a cold-blooded killer lurks behind his devastating gaze? Trailing his every move only brings her closer to him. But if her heart misleads her, she could pay with her life…
He never should have let her into his world, but now that Cecilia has infiltrated his home, his senses, and his heart, Gideon will do anything to keep her safe from the darkness that has robbed him of everything. Yet keeping her close only makes it more challenging. For the more Gideon falls for Cecilia, the greater the danger to her…
While this book is part of a series it can be read as a standalone. There is overlap with some characters but there are no spoilers as such. This book reminded me so much of Jane Eyre, I think the author was heavily influenced by this classic but she puts her own twist on it.
The gothic feel to this book was a welcome change to cookie cutter historical romance. The story lagged a bit in the middle but the characters are well developed and the supporting cast are a major part of the entertainment.
I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. I think its going to be a phenomenal read if the set up is anything to go on.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.