Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast in this Steampunk Proper Romance
When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border.
Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Could Miles be to blame for the deaths?
Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?
Also includes a bonus prequel novelette entitled Marie’s Story.
I really enjoyed this book. Allen does a great job avoiding the flaws of the original Beauty and the Beast story. Her Beauty is not only beautiful but also brainy. Lucy is a strong woman with determination. She is not captured and held against her will; rather, it is her will that keeps her in the castle. Likewise, the Beast in this story is not truly a brute, but a man who believes that others see him as a monster. Instead of changing Miles, she reflects the truth of who he is that leads him to accept himself. The result is a pair of characters that are engaging and that we care about.
I also enjoyed the way Allen seamlessly weaves the steam punk elements into her setting. Those elements are not only entertaining but are used as an integral part of the story. This is the first steam punk book that I’ve read, and it was a great introduction to the genre.
About the Author:
Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of 12 published novels and several novellas, which encompass a variety of genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. Her Civil War series, Faith of our Fathers, won the Utah Best of State award in 2005 and two of her historicals featuring Isabelle Webb, Pinkerton spy, were finalists for the Whitney Award. She served on the 2015 LDStorymakers Conference Committee and currently serves as the marketing coordinator for The Teen Writers Confrerence. She has presented at numerous conferences and events since her initial publication in 1999.