Genre: Steampunk, romance, adventure
When Harriet Hardy moved to Whitby, newly famous from Mr Stoker’s sensational novel, she thought she’d left her past and her father’s disgrace behind her. But then an amorous Alderman and a mysterious Viscount turn her life upside down and she’s never been more grateful that she doesn’t leave home without her pistol.
But when defending her honour lands her with an attempted murder charge, Harriet’s only option is to turn to the mysterious Viscount for help. Fortunately, he turns out to be not so mysterious after all and, fortified by copious amounts of tea, she sets forth to clear her name.
As the court case looms Harriet fears she’ll forever be tarnished by her father’s scandalous reputation. Can she avoid conviction, and just possibly, find a happy ending? Or will she always be trapped by her past as the daughter of the notorious Dirigible King?
If you like Gail Carriger or Georgette Heyer you’ll love this sparkling romance with a steampunk twist.
Action, adventure, sexism, and class issues all come together in this steampunk romance novel.
When Harriet, businesswoman and daughter of the disgraced ‘Dirigible King’, is accused of attempted murder, she reluctantly turns to an old friend, and current Viscount, for help. But old scandals, new obstacles, and a lover that won’t give up all add to her already tough existence. Will she be able to cope?
Despite it’s light tone and fun story, there is an undertone to this novel around the subject of prejudice in its many forms that was well-woven and thought-provoking. The story itself unfolded gently, and balanced action and romance in a believably steampunk setting. An enjoyable read.
*I received a free copy from the author, via Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team, in exchange for my honest review.