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A Lady's Guide to Marvels and Misadventures

Angela Bell's debut is a whimsical delight!


Thank you to @authorangelabell @bethanyhousefiction @austenprose for my spot on this tour and eARC of A Lady's Guide to Marvels and Misadventures by Angela Bell. Out Now! 


London, England, 1860

When Clara's ex-fiancé begins to spread rumors that her family suffers from hereditary insanity, it's all she can do to protect them from his desperate schemes, society's prejudice, and a lifetime in an asylum. Then Clara's Grandfather Drosselmeyer brings on an apprentice with a mechanical leg, and all pretense of normalcy takes wing.

Theodore Kingsley wants a fresh start far from Kingsley Court and the disappointed father who declared him dead. Upon returning to England, Theodore meets clockmaker Drosselmeyer, who hires him as an apprentice, much to Clara's dismay. When Drosselmeyer disappears in his secret flying owl machine, he leaves behind a note for Clara, beseeching her to make her dreams of adventure a reality by joining him on a merry scavenger hunt across Europe. Together, Clara and Theodore set off to follow the trail of clues, but they must stay one step ahead of a villain who wants the flying machine for himself.



This was such an entertaining read! It is imaginative and fun, with adventure, steampunk, a dastardly villain, Victorian period details, and nods to The Nutcracker. The characters are delightful and eccentric, and I enjoyed spending time with them in this whimsical world. Each MC was well-developed, with interesting backstories and character arcs. As Clara and Theodore globe-trot in search of her grandfather, the reader is treated to some romance and armchair travel to several fantastic settings across Europe. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. And even though the tone of the book is lighthearted, the author explores several deeper themes and topics. I was amazed that this was a debut novel! I loved the author's writing style, and the book is full of charming turns of phrase. Can't wait to see what Bell writes next!

My steep was Lady Magpie's Curious Tea from Tea Punk Teas a ginger pear vanilla black tea. But they have lots of fun steampunk-inspired blends! 

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