Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Book Description: Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast.
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. 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?
My thoughts: I am impressed with this mash-up of genres. It's a steampunk/gothic/paranormal set in a very proper English time. People travel by horseless carriages with robotic servants. The future and the past collide in this engaging book!
I love the Proper Romance line of books. This is a welcome addition. I can't imagine the mind of Nancy Campbell Allen. She is very creative and knows how to tell a great story. The characters are fantastic, the setting is different in a good way, the pacing is excellent. Seriously, what more could I ask for in a book to read?
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About the Author: (Taken from Deseret Book) Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of twelve published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.