Beauty and the Clockwork Beast opens with Lucy Pickett’s arrival at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate. It turns out to be a far more complex situation than Lucy could have dreamed of. From a restless ghost wandering the hallways, werewolf sightings and vampires lurking just across the Scottish border, danger and intrigue are just around every corner.
And the human occupants of the manor are just as puzzling. Lord Miles is abrupt and inhospitable, almost to the point of rudeness. He is clearly hiding a secret and has no interest in visitors of any kind, even one as attractive, educated and interesting as Lucy Pickett. The recent mysterious deaths of his sister Marie and his new wife Clara only add to the heightened tension. As Miles and Lucy reluctantly begin working together to solve the mysteries and restore peace to Blackwell Manor, their relationship changes. Whether Lucy can solve the mystery of Miles and save Kate from a strange ailment that seems bound to end in her death will only be found in the pages of Beauty and the Clockwork Beast.
I have to admit when I first picked up this book, billed as Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast, I was skeptical. I wasn’t too sure about the Steampunk angle. But it only took a few pages before I was hooked. Rather than the Steampunk element being a major focus of the story, as in some books I’ve read, it was just another layer in the setting, actually adding to the interest instead of competing with it. The characters are well-developed and intelligent. Relationships develop naturally and personalities are revealed much as in the way as real life. Not only is this book immediately engaging, but I found myself making excuses to go and read as I got farther into it, until I finally had a late night reading marathon to get to the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed Beauty and the Clockwork Beast and would highly recommend to any lover of mystery and/or romance. It is part of Shadow Mountain Publishing’s “A Proper Romance” series, making it suitable for all ages. With engaging characters, plenty of mystery and intrigue and a storyline that will draw you in and hold you throughout the book, this is definitely one to add to your reading list.
A copy of this book was provided to me for review and my opinions are always just mine.