A Gaslight Chronicles novella
Police inspector Sebastian Brown served Queen and country in India before returning to England to investigate supernatural crimes alongside the Order of the Round Table. If his wifeless, childless life feels a little empty sometimes, that’s not too great a price to pay in the name of duty.
Minerva Shaw is desperately seeking a doctor when she mistakenly lands on Sebastian’s doorstep. Her daughter Ivy has fallen gravely ill with a mysterious illness—the same illness, it seems, that’s responsible for taking the lives of many of Ivy’s classmates.
Seb sniffs a case, and taking in Minnie and Ivy seems the only way to protect them while he solves it. But as mother and daughter work their way into his heart and Seb uses every magickal and technological resource he can muster to uncover the source of the deadly plague, it’s he who will need protecting—from emotions he’d thought buried long ago.
Why was it so much shorter than the other ones? WHY? *sobs uncontrollably* (I wish you could see how I originally wrote that. Because it was so wrong it was funny. And embarrassing. Which is why I’m not sharing it.)
What I liked:
It’s paranormal steampunk, which is always amazing. (Okay, sometimes it goes tragically wrong, but with Cindy Spencer Pape it’s always amazing). Add to that a heroine with no powers (other than the world’s largest heart) and a hero with absurdly weak powers (aside from being a gentleman) who both have emotional baggage and … well you just have a recipe for an excellent book, right there.
Plus I just adore Ivy. Adorable little kids are like an arrow to the heartbone every single time for me.
Oh, and a mystery that’s left open just enough to leave things open for a sequel. Which I always approve of.
What I didn’t like:
Actually, this isn’t something I care about per say, but the main characters fall in love quickly. Like over the course of a few days. And while I personally would’ve liked this progress to take longer, that’s not because I don’t buy falling in love quickly.
I just wanted more.
And I kept finding myself comparing it to Cards and Caravans (which I liked more) and getting sad because … if only there was more.
Who I’d recommend it to:
Fans of Steampunk
I received a free copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.