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It’s difficult to find a husband in Regency England when you’re a young lady with only half a soul.

Ever since a faerie cursed her, Theodora Ettings has had no sense of fear, embarrassment, or even happiness - a condition which makes her sadly prone to accidental scandal. Dora’s only goal for the London Season this year is to stay quiet and avoid upsetting her cousin’s chances at a husband...but when the Lord Sorcier of England learns of her condition, she finds herself drawn ever more deeply into the tumultuous concerns of magicians and faeries.

Lord Elias Wilder is handsome, strange, and utterly uncouth, but gossip says that he regularly performs three impossible things before breakfast, and he is willing to help Dora restore her missing half. If Dora’s reputation can survive both her ongoing curse and her sudden connection with the least-liked man in all of high society, then she may yet reclaim her normal place in the world. But the longer Dora spends with Elias Wilder, the more she begins to suspect that one may indeed fall in love, even with only half a soul.

Pride and Prejudice meets Howl’s Moving Castle in this enthralling historical fantasy romance, where the only thing more meddlesome than faeries is a marriage-minded mama. Buy Half a Soul, and be stolen away into debut author Olivia Atwater’s charming, magical version of Regency England!

©2020 Olivia Atwater (P)2020 Olivia Atwater

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  • Katherine J. Scherman
  • 07-07-2020

Interesting, light hearted read

good to distract from stressful times.
Performance could've been better. I think it should've been a female narrator and one who can change voice more for male/female characters.

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  • superstardrifter
  • 18-11-2020

A Lovely Book!

This is the story of Theodora Ettings, who was cursed by a faerie as a child, and has since only had half a soul. What that means is that Dora is often oblivious of her own strangeness. She doesn’t feel emotions quite as strongly as average people, and tends to be quite to-the-point and blunt, which has caused her some scandal in the past.

Dora is a ward of her Aunt, since her parents have died, and her best friend is her cousin, Vanessa, who she describes as something like a warm lantern or beacon to her. As Vanessa has come of an age to start looking for suitors, she decides that they may try to spend the season in London. While they’re there, Vanessa has heard that the Lord Sorcier (the King’s magician, more or less) has been known to do three impossible things before breakfast, so, if there’s anyone who may be able to repair a soul, it must be him.

And many adorable regency shenanigans were had.

I listened to this book in one day, and I really enjoyed absolutely every little bit of it. Dora is a great character, because what she lacks in the average emotional range, she has an abundant amount of wry snarky bluntness that made me chuckle more than once. So much so that she can even make Elias Wilder, the grumpiest and most ungentlemanly magician the world has ever known, lower his wards around her. The relationship between them was slow burning and often innocently adorable. It made this a lovely warm and fuzzy book to listen to on an otherwise gloomy day. It got me in the feels a few times (thanks, Elias) but in the best way, in the end, I assure you!

I listened to the audiobook and I have to say that the narrator, Rafe Beckley, did a great job. Dora’s aunt and her friend (‘The Hens’) were both presented as appropriately hennish, Dora was very much had the blunt and right-to-the-point personality that I imagined, and Elias, who was described as sounding as though he’s from The North, did indeed sound as such. A great story, well narrated.

All told, I had a wonderful time with the whole thing, and I recommend it to anyone that likes a fantasy romance, a regency romance, or a fantasy of manners. This one combines pretty much all three of those things into one delightful package. I had 5/5 stars of a good time with this one! I can’t wait to read the next story in the series!

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  • Alma Delia Giles
  • 11-04-2021

maybe a female voice?

Genuinely super good! entertaining and thought provoking! Almost gave 5! my 5s are reserved for the best of the best tho

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  • Sheree Frank
  • 27-01-2021

Entertaining and Smart

Characters were vivid. Story was captivating. Social commentary was subtle and smart. At moments I laughed. Please make an Audible version of the second story in the series!

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  • HAW10
  • 15-12-2020

Oddly interesting regency romance

I liked this book for the characters, the plot, the magic, and the grumbling romance. It was a strange mix that I enjoyed tremendously. The ending was perfect.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-11-2020

delightful light read

An antidote to our difficult and frustrating times: Dora shows us how to make the best of a difficult situation creating a happy ending, just as a good fairy tale should be.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-2020

New favorite!

I enjoyed the witty banter of the characters, the original storyline, and the narration. I also love finding a writer that can put a little bit of romance into a fantasy novel without making it too graphic and dirty - keeping it PG! :-)

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