I loved No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper and loved the story so when I saw Lessons After Dark, the second book in the series, on NetGalley I had to request an eARC. I enjoyed seeing Simon and Joan again. Lessons After Dark is set at their home in the country where they have started a school for children who have special talents. The two main characters in the book are both new teachers at the school
First lets start with what Goodreads has to say about the book.
For years, Gareth St. John put his supernatural talent for healing in service to the British Army. Now he’s the doctor at a very unusual new school that helps people with special “talents” learn how to hone their abilities.
Olivia Brightmore became a fake medium to support herself after her husband died, but she never expected to discover real magic as the school’s newest teacher. Olivia tries to keep the handsome doctor at arm’s length, but she can’t resist the urge to get under his skin.
What this does not say is that Gareth saw Olivia when she was doing the fake medium act and does not like or trust her. That is one of the main conflicts in Lessons After Dark. The second conflict comes when one of the students releases a dark destructive force on the world and that force has to be found and sent back.
I liked the book. I did’t think the story was as powerful as No Proper Lady. Gareth and Olivia were both strong characters but I found Gareth to be a little too unforgiving. Olivia was a much nicer person and deserved better from Gareth. Lessons After Dark was a nice second book in the series. It can stand-alone but read No Proper Lady first.
Sourcebooks Casablanca published Lessons After Dark by Isabel Cooper in 2012.