Miss Ridley & the Warlock is the first standalone book in the Secret Realms series by Diana Green. Set in a world similar to ours, but with a different religious system, we find out that the same opinions regarding women abound. Also, like in Gemma's case, the daughter left living is 'tainted' with her father's 'sins'. She finds work in a distant house, where she hopes that the scandal attached to her name is as yet unknown. However, Squire Kenrick is fully aware of who she is, but unlike his peers, doesn't follow that way of thinking and so doesn't blame her. Instead, he admits that he found her father's writing the most fresh and original he had read. This is the start of a solid friendship, built as it is within the constraints of society. Now, of course, this is a fantasy novel, so be prepared for heartless fey, shapeshifting warlocks, evil Lords, children who can talk to animals, it's all here.
This book was slightly reminiscent of Jane Eyre, and I LOVED it! With a cast of solid characters, whether you are supposed to like them or not, fantastic situations and places, this is a book to thoroughly enjoy. The descriptions are painted so clearly you can see each and every place. This book was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, I have no hesitation in recommending this book.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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