Beauty and the Clockwork Beast is a paranormal steampunk novel. We are introduced to Lucy Pickett as she travels by dirigible to visit her newly married cousin Kate. Kate was swept off her feet by the younger brother of the Lord of the Manor, and has written to Lucy about her mysterious illness. Lucy, a botanist, rushes to her side. What she finds is more than a mysterious illness. She encounters a ghost who seems to be trying to deliver a message to her and an irritable, yet handsome Lord who needs her help. This steampunk version of England where humans exist alongside mechanical beings, vampires and werewolves was fascinating, and the mystery well written.
Lucy, a singularly intelligent, independent woman is not afraid of the scarred, flawed Lord Miles. As they work this mystery together, she digs into his family’s past, and secrets he has been trying to keep are revealed. Lucy, see’s the true man behind the irritable exterior and using her charm, leads him to believe that he may be able to have a real life, with her. There was one section of this book where Lucy has yet again faced danger and Miles has rescued her. She reveals her feelings to him, stating that he, alone, see’s her for what she is, and respects her for it. That most men are threatened by her skills, and yet he see’s the value in them and her. She tells him that he is the perfect man for her. It was really a lovely paragraph, and made me like the two of them as a couple very much. Two people who viewed themselves as not fitting into society easily, and yet, they found each other. Exactly what we all want to believe in, right?
This was my first novel by Nancy Campbell Allen and I liked her writing style very much. The world she created was original, the people within it engaging, and the mystery interesting. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain, through NetGalley, for my honest review.
Copyright 2016 Deborah Kehoe A Chick Who Reads All Rights Reserved