Halfway through the story I got anxious and really started wishing for Helen´s life to get less complicated and for fate to at least grant her one wish.
That´s when I noticed that Lady Helen #2 is, in fact, better than the first book and a generally fantastic story.
The book picks off where the first installment left us hanging, with Helen being basically forced to learn the Reclaimer trade and the whole world frowning upon her decisions. Whether it´s society and their intrusive need to gather information about a private life they should have no insight in, or a secret society that thinks it okay to mess with said private life and practically forbids having one. Being Lady Helen in the midst of her fierce loyalty to the cause, her feelings for Lord Carlston, her impressive strong will and her balancing the life of a society´s lady and a asskicking superhero is quite a task to handle.
The whole story is much more compelling on a deeper level. Helen has a strong sense of loyalty, not only towards her new friends and colleagues and her duties, but also towards the oath she gave even though it is about to ruin her whole life. Although I wanted to slap her at times and remind her that she is her own person, who has her own rights and opinions, I kind of backed down when I remembered the times she lives in.
Which is the best part of the book for sure.
Every action, every conversation, every touch and word and thought are genuine. This book is so perfectly researched you will feel like you walk along with them in the bright sun of Brighton´s summer days. The conflicts Helen faces are therefore wonderfully done, all her decisions are based on an upbringing a lady of her status enjoyed and on a moral codex that puts the most honorable men to shame. Her word won´t be broken, her righteousness isn´t hypocrite and her selflessness and especially compassion are as admirably as genuine.
Same goes for the friendships and connections made in the book. The loyalties of her girlfriends, who selflessly join her in her adventurous life style are admirable, her new found friends´ sorrows and fears are reliable and especially the resentment she faces as a woman doing a man´s job is artistically enwrapped in her strong need to accomplish the required tasks.
Last, but not least it is quite a pleasure to watch the bittersweet romance of her and Lord Carlston evolve in an equally genuine way, just to have it crushed upon his increasing madness and society´s frown. Also, Duke Selburn is a likable character and I found myself quite despaired for Helen´s sake, because she has to choose between her heart, her head, her feelings and her upbringing.
I´m honestly curious about the next installment.
Wer Fan des ersten Bandes war, wird hier nicht enttäuscht!
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