3 out of 4 stars
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Hazel Hughes is a Healer who works with the talented surgeon Sam MacInnes. Sam saved Hazel's life years ago and she has had a crush on him ever since, but knows that their differing social statuses would not allow them to court. In fact, she's sure that Sam doesn't view her in a romantic light. He's nothing but her employer and the man who sometimes patches her up after a bout of reckless indulgence. For Hazel has a problem that not even the good doctor can help her with. She has always dreamed of a young woman who looks almost identical to her. Recently, however, that young woman has started to go mad and the emotions she sends to Hazel through their link in the dream world are starting to affect Hazel in her waking hours.
Imagine Hazel's surprise when a dark man with a dangerous aura shows up one day claiming that he is Hazel's uncle and that she was abducted at birth, tearing her away from her true mother and a twin sister, who is now dangerously ill. From her visions, Hazel knows that what her uncle is saying is true. However, there's something about him that she just can't trust. Sam feels the exact same way, and he refuses to let Hazel travel to another country alone with a strange man. So they set off together on a quest to save Hazel's sister and find out the truth behind Hazel's creepy uncle.
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen is actually the third book in Allen's Steampunk Proper Romance series. The first two books are retellings of Beauty and the Beast and Sleeping Beauty, whereas The Lady in the Coppergate Tower is the steampunk retelling of Rapunzel. Although characters from the previous books have cameos in this one, Allen does a good job of explaining their relationships to the main characters and includes bits of what happened in previous books. The Lady in the Coppergate Tower could definitely be read as a standalone book, but I believe reading the other books in the series first would help readers enjoy the book even more.
The book's editing was excellent. I only found two errors in total. There were a few areas where the writing was a little awkward, but everything made sense after I slowed down to reread. I think the author did a great job using Victorian-style speech and stylization consistently throughout the book. My only complaint would be that the plot is a little too simple for my tastes. I enjoyed the steampunk setting and getting to know the characters, but there were absolutely no plot twists or surprises. The reader knows that Hazel and Sam are attracted to each other right from the start, so it's just a matter of waiting for something to happen between them. Although it wasn't really feasible with the journey they were on, having a rival for Hazel's affections would have livened the story up a bit.
Others may enjoy a simple story without much drama, but for me it means a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I would highly recommend this book to fans of steampunk and historical settings, as well as readers who are looking for a short, simple, and innocent romance with a bit of action on the side. There was absolutely no swearing or erotic content, so it is appropriate for all readers. After reading this book, I am genuinely interested in reading the rest of the books in the Steampunk Proper Romance series.
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower
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