Author: Nancy Campbell Allen
Genres: Speculative Romance
Format: eBook • Pages: 368
Published: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Hazel Hughes has spent her life believing she is a Medium someone who can talk to ghosts. But as of yet, that skill has remained frustratingly elusive. She is also suffering from a reoccurring childhood dream of someone who looks almost exactly like Hazel, but this dream version of herself is slowly going mad.
Sam MacInnes is a talented surgeon who runs in the highest social circles thanks to his family s position and history. When Sam hires Hazel to assist him with his medical practice, he is immediately drawn to her intelligence, wit, and beauty. Their potential relationship is derailed one evening when a mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the truth about her past: she was abducted at birth and her twin sister has fallen dangerously ill.
Hazel agrees to travel to Romania with Count Petrescu in order to save her sister, and Sam insists on accompanying her. The count has secrets, though, and the journey grows more sinister with every mile that draws Hazel closer to her homeland. Even as her feelings for Sam become deeper and more complicated, she fears she might not survive the quest to save her sister with her heart intact, not to mention her life. She must learn to draw on gifts she doesn t know she has if they are going to ever return home again.
Hazel and Sam must fight their way past dark magic, clockwork beasts, and their own insecurities as they try to reach her sister in the impenetrable Coppergate Tower before time runs out.
Another great steampunk fairy tale!
This is the third steampunk fairy tale romance from Nancy Campbell Allen. We start in London but this time we travel to Romania and you know what that means—vampire legends and dark magic!
Hazel and Sam’s romance weaves through this story of revealed family secrets, intrigue and betrayal, with a healthy dose of steampunk.
What did I think?
I loved all the steampunk elements—they added to the story without getting bogged down in the tech. The characters were well-written and interesting. I enjoy the fact that all the books in this series are interrelated and we get to see previous characters from the other books pop up now and then.
I really liked the twist to Rapunzel in this book. There are definite correlations, but not so much that it became a simple retelling. There’s more story, more depth, more twists and mysteries than a simple fairy tale.
There’s also romance. This book, as with the others in the series, is categorized as a “Proper Romance” which it is (clean with nothing embarrassing) but the romance is almost secondary to the story. It’s still very important and romance readers will appreciate that, but it’s not overpowering—which I actually prefer.
I’m looking forward to more of Allen’s steampunk romances. I highly recommend it and give it 4.5 STARS.