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Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts (Proper Romance) Kindle Edition
A steampunk retelling of Cinderella.
Emmeline O’Shea has been an outspoken advocate for the shapeshifter community, which has come under unjust attack from a political body known as the PSRC (Predatory Shifter Regulations Committee), and her robust efforts have landed her a prestigious position as the spokesperson for the International Shifter Rights Organization. She has been selected to give the final address in Scotland before they vote on legislation that will grant protective rights to the shifter community. Because she is fundamentally changing the laws, she is also receiving death threats.
Oliver Reed is a by-the-book detective-inspector who has dealt with Emme’s borderline-illegal activism in the past, and there is little love lost between the two. When his superior tasks Oliver with guarding Emme around the clock to keep her safe until the summit is over, he is frustrated. He has several open cases requiring his attention, and his spare time is occupied with chasing down leads about the whereabouts of his brother, Vincent, a rogue vampire bent on causing trouble in Scotland.
When their airship is hijacked, Emme and Oliver are forced to parachute away before they exit British soil. They take refuge in Emme’s family’s hunting lodge where Oliver is introduced to her abusive stepsisters.
Together the pair must make their way to Edinburgh so as not to miss the summit meeting where Emme will be key in helping to pass legislation that will disband the corrupt PSRC. But between her vindictive sisters and Oliver’s rogue vampire brother, they face danger at every turn, not to mention dealing with their growing attraction for each other.
When Emme is kidnapped – leaving behind only one shoe as evidence – Oliver must find her before it’s too late – and the summit ends at midnight.
From the Publisher
"What could have been another stale version of a familiar fairy tale becomes a fresh retelling with plenty of danger and romance. An excellent choice for romance readers trying steampunk for the first time."-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
"Allen draws readers in from the first scene...The pace builds as new characters are introduced, and the fantastical steampunk elements and a budding romance help balance the seriousness of Emmeline's mission."-- "Booklist"
"Allen's lively reimagining of the Cinderella story features an empowered, outspoken heroine who's driven by a vision of a more equitable, futuristic Britain."-- "Foreword Reviews"
"Automaton butlers, scribers, horseless travelers, flying machines, and the eponymous brass carriages transport us into Allen's...steampunk world of shifters and vampires, marginalized citizens both good and evil. Another excellent addition to the genre."-- "Historical Novel Society"
"Enticing...Passionate Emme makes for a delightful heroine who is well aware of her own privilege...and uses her status in defense of the vulnerable."-- "Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Beauty and the Clockwork Beast and Kiss of the Spindle. She has been a speaker at numerous writing conferences and events. She has a degree in elementary education and is the mother of three children.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08HPS4X67
- Publisher : Shadow Mountain (October 6, 2020)
- Publication date : October 6, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1339 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 222 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #692,133 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was drawn in completely to this non traditional fairy tale and found myself wanting the fashions and to see the settings. Add in Vampires and shifters and you have a perfect fantasy set in a Victorian steampunk world.
Part of the fun in this story was to find the nods to Cinderella stores I've seen before. I was completely enthralled and delighted as I read this book.
This book held me enthralled from the start!
This Steampunk novel has a twist of Cinderella with a twist of mystery and danger.
I have enjoyed all the other books of the series and found they added to the whole storyline for me…but this book is a great stand alone story as well.
The author creates wonderful characters that are well developed, so much so that you are either loving them or down right disliking them with a vengeance.