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Publisher's Note:

A steampunk retelling of Cinderella. Emmeline O’Shea is determined to save the world—single-handedly, if necessary. A strong voice for societal reform, she is the natural choice to deliver a key speech at the end of the International Shifter Rights Organization’s week-long Summit in Scotland. But when a death threat arrives at Emme’s home, she is immediately placed into protective custody, w…

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts

by Nancy Campbell Allen

Overall Book Review:

Steampunk fans rejoice! Nancy Campbell Allen’s latest novel, Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts, brings action, suspense, and romance to this retro-futuristic genre. As science fiction set during the British Victorian era, the story contains plenty of supernatural elements including vampires and shape-shifters. While many human characters are from Campbell Allen’s previous books, readers do not need to be familiar with these novels to fully enjoy Brass Carriages. Campbell Allen’s character development is on point, with multi-dimensional main characters Oliver and Emme, as well as clever banter that can’t be matched. This Cinderella retelling also includes plenty of dreamy and romantic moments. As typical in the Shadow Mountain Proper Romance series, discussion questions are provided to enable a killer book club experience. 

Review of an Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Shadow Mountain

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 1 derogatory name

Violence/Gore: A few implied occurrences of violence and verbal threats; several secondhand reports of violence including reports of stabbing, hitting, kicking, beatings, hunting humans for sport and recollections of days as a soldier; a non-life threatening injury occurs; several brief incidents of violence include physical violence, including biting, an attempted carriage crash and tying characters up and leaving them for dead; a few scenes involving destruction of property with no casualties; a brief scene including blood and gore occurs when a character wakes up after being attacked. 

Sex/Nudity:  Multiple incidents of kissing on the hand, cheeks and lips; a sexual reference is made when asking an unmarried young woman if she is pregnant; an implied incident of sexual activity is mentioned in relation to an illegitimate child. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Social justice, kidnapping and attempted kidnapping, arrests and jail time, riots, murder, use of an incendiary device.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters drink champagne; a character has ‘one drink too many’, a mention of a ‘quick cigar’. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.