- Page Count: 298
- Release Date: February 9, 2016
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.
This was like a hilarious version of Jane Austen meets The Dark Days Club or My Lady Jane! The main character’s sarcastic, self-aware narration made me laugh out loud so many times.
I was super into the first half of the story, but not as much with the second half. The idea of the “gifts” people have of healing or seeing the future was neat, but the plot got too much into that tangled web and I wasn’t as into that drama/mystery. I mostly liked seeing the hilarious narration of typical Jane Austen-type scenes like dances, traveling, and matchmaking mothers. The first two chapters were the best for sure.
And I didn’t realize this was part of a series, so the end felt really weird. I’m not sure that I care enough to check out the sequel and see how the love triangle turns out, but this book was still fun on its own!