London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.
17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do
nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and
catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the
ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable
habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the
combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the
mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and
intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new
leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices . . .
When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society
of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the
invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and
his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes
the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . . From Goodreads.
My first steampunk read and it didn't disappoint. I have just bought book two in this series and I am looking forward to reading it. I like it when I enjoy a free book so much that it makes me buy more books by the author.
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