by Stephanie Burkhart
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Edmund of Wales, back to 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.
Alice soon finds herself over her head in trouble. Edmund is determined to help Prince Albert build a dirigible and the prime minister appears intent in preventing her from stopping Edmund. Alice knows it's too early for the massive flying machine to take to the air. Complicating matters is the passionate Grayson Kentfield, Earl of Swinton. Alice can't stop her pulse from pounding when she's near him.
Can Alice give her heart to a man from the past while working to stop Edmund from changing history?
I love novels in which there is time travel so when I see the plot I couldn't wait to read it and I was not disappointed. It's an exciting book, fun, light, easy to read with appealing characters and a beautiful love stories. I found myself engrossed in this book and wanted to know what was going to happen next.
Edmund wants to convince Prince Albert to build a dirigible so creates a time machine to move in 1851, the year when there was the Britain's Great Exhibition. Alice, worried of trouble that always combines her cousin, follows him on his journey through time. It's important that he does not leave his prints but ends up leaving hers. She meets Prime Minister with Grayson, an earl really fascinating. The Prime Minister is intrigued by the code on the Alice's necklace and takes it to examine. Alice can't return in 2011 without her necklace. Grayson instead stole her heart. She knows that can't love him: how can get engaged to a man living in another era? The attraction she feels for him is really strong and even Grayson always thinks to Alice. Will Grayson and Alice live their impossible love story? Will the cousins recover the necklace and return safely and without leaving marks in their time?All the characters are really cute, likeable: Alice, timid and brave trying to hide herself behind her glasses, Grayson, gallant, sweet, protective, Edmund, fun and ready to combine new trouble.
The story is well plotted, with a fast pace and great dialogue. Original and funny some inventions, particularly I adore whuzzie, a very special way of communicating.
Good debut for this new series: I can not wait to read the next adventure of Alice and Edmund!
I recommend it to anyone who loves historical novels and stories with time travel.
She nibbled on her lower lip, a curious habit she had. When she was indecisive, perhaps? Then she drew the necklace over her head, giving it to him. He placed the coin flat in the palm of his hand, and let the chain dangle through his fingers. It was bronze or brass, with a strange sequence of numbers and letters. He furrowed his brow. Alice bent over and used her finger to push her glasses firmly back onto the bridge of her nose.
"It's some type of alpha-numeric code," Grayson mused out loud.
Alice looked on, a murky expression on her face. "Perhaps."
Grayson looked up. "I've seen a similar code on the datamancers they introduced in Parliament."
"What's a datamancer?" she asked.
He tried not to get lost in those soulful cerulean eyes of hers. "You don't know what a datamancer is?"
"It thinks for itself--"
"Grayson, what's in your hand?"
Grayson and Alice turned in the direction of the door. Sir John briskly walked toward them escorted by a soldier and another gentleman Grayson recognized as the prince's secretary.
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Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. She served 11 years in the US Army and currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate and is addicted to coffee. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.
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