Author: Nancy Campbell Allen
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audio, eBook, Print
Date: August 5, 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.
I’m still a little iffy on steampunk as a genre but I am enjoying this series overall. I was intrigued by and liked the connection between sisters. I was a little confused about the genealogical aspects of the story and had to reread a bit to try to make sense of it. I liked how smart Hazel was and how Sam admired that trait in her probably even more than her being attractive to him.
It was an interesting twist that this was a retelling of Rapunzel and had elements of the story in it but the main character wasn’t the Rapunzel equivalent and the prince doesn’t come to save “Rapunzel” but her sister instead. And those elements of the story don’t really come in to play that much until the tail end of the book. We are aware of a woman being locked in a tower during the story but we don’t get there until that ending.
This is a fun read and could be read as a standalone but I think it would be better to read them in order to better get references to past characters and events. It will make more sense.
Sex: some kisses
I was super excited for the next book in this awesome steam punk romance series. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline of this Rapunzel spin off while staying true to the steam punk monsters and magic theme previously established. And we get to learn more about past characters which was great! Highly recommend reading this book and series!