Reviewsday: Lady Helen & The Dark Days Club

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London, April 1812. The Prince of Wales, commonly known as Prinny had been regent for 1 year, Britain was on the brink of war with America, and in it's tenth year of war with France and it's Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. It was also the month in which Queen Charlotte returned to the practice of holding Drawing Rooms for the presentation of young ladies into High Society. However, unbeknownst to all of them, a different war was about to be begin...

Lady Helen Wrexhall is a young woman at war with her very nature. Tip-toeing between polite society and the need for adventure pulsing through her veins, she is constantly reminded of the looming shadow of her mother's disgrace. After a not-so-chance meeting with a less-than-charming gentleman, she wrestles with the fact that she could be destined for more than high society parties and an advantageous marriage. She may have to face the reality that there is more to the world than she had first thought. However coming to terms with this knowledge becomes increasingly difficult when her Aunt insists she attend every High Society event and her Uncle's rather loud displeasure follows any misstep she takes.

In Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman seamlessly mixes her own unique paranormal mythology with all the pomp and splendour of Regency London. Lady Helen is a strong-willed and quick-witted heroine that feels both true to the time and a little ahead of it, making her an intriguing character to explore as the story unfolds.

"I had not thought to find a fellow rationalist in you, Lady Helen"
"I rather think, Lord Carlston, that you had not thought to find any thought in me at all."

Together with a good dose of female friendship, a murky romance, and battles fought in the shadows this book is one that will keep you reading well into the night.