Well this was delightful. Half a Soul is a Regency Romance with magic. Dora, our heroine, is cursed by a faerie and loses the half of her soul that can give a damn. She is left being able to care, but only if she tries very, very hard, or if a person has done something extraordinarily wonderful or terrible.
She cares for her cousin Vanessa, and so hares off to London with Vanessa to “help Vanessa find a husband,” but Vanessa has other plans–mainly finding someone who can cure her dearest Dora, most likely in the form of the Lord High Sorcier.
Hijinks ensue. There is loads of witty banter in this one, and a touching story. But what I really liked was that although this is a fantasy, it did much better at showing how cruddy the regency world was if you weren’t rich.