Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Genre: Steampunk Proper Romance
Dates Read: August 9-11, 2019
Format: Paperback ARC
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📖”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.”
**Special thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and the author for generously providing an early review copy in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.**
I wanted to read this book because I love all the Proper Romance books that I have read before and the idea of Steampunk genre intrigued me. I also am a fan of fairytale retellings, so I thought this would be right up my ally, and it was. However, I did not know much about Steampunk before reading this and I really wish I would have.
I was a little confused with the world/setting in the beginning, but I think this had more to do with my lack of Steampunk knowledge more than anything. It seems that Steampunk is quite a mix of genres, and I never would have known if I hadn’t read this book. Its a fantasy, historical fiction, and sci-fi book mixed along with the romance which I found to be enjoyable and unique. This book can be read as a standalone (which is how I read it), but I really wish I would have read the previous two books in the series beforehand so that I would have had a clearer understanding of the genre.
Overall The Lady in the Coppergate Tower was a good book. I liked the writing and it was a light and easy read. There was a time in the middle when it dragged slightly, but they were on the submersible for a very large portion of the book, and I believe that to be the reason.
I liked the will-they/won’t-they romance, but I did wish there was more romance to the book. It honestly felt more like a thriller/mystery with a sprinkle of romance thrown in. I don’t have any problem with the other genres, so it didn’t bother me, but seeing as it is labeled as a romance, I did expect there to be more of it.
If you are a fan of Steampunk, then I highly recommend this book. It was well written with a good fairytale retelling storyline.