Review: The Emperor’s Aeronaut by Shelley Adina and R.E. Scott

This is a nice series starter and a fun combination of Steampunk and Regency. It took me a bit to get engaged in the story, as the authors focused a lot on the technology of the time period and setting up who the various characters were. But by about the fourth chapter, I was all in to see how things would work out for Celeste and Loveday.

Being a romantic at heart, the parts of the story that I enjoyed most were when relationships and friendships were beginning to develop. Trying to discover who was trustworthy was also fun. There is just the hint of the beginnings of romance for the two ladies, which will most likely grow as the series progresses. There was some humor and some danger peppered into the story, as well, which I enjoyed. The ending was satisfying, yet left the storyline open to more books in the future.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Napoleon is determined to conquer the world with his steam-powered weapons. Nothing in England can stop him … except two young lady inventors.

In 1819, France is surrounded by armies. With Russia in the north, the Karlsruhe Confederacy in the east, and a pirate kingdom in the south, Napoleon cannot break out, nor can the English Navy seem to break in. Europe teeters on the edge of a sword. Whichever side rules the air will win.

Celeste Blanchard, daughter of the Emperor’s disgraced Air Minister, is running out of time to develop an air ship that can carry his armies to England and restore her mother to glory. But on a daring and desperate test flight, she is blown off course … and washes up, half drowned, on the shores of Cornwall, in the heart of enemy territory.

Loveday Penhale, cosseted daughter of gentry, has her own inventions to build, even as pressure mounts to behave like a proper young lady and seek a husband instead of a design for a high-pressure steam engine. But when Arthur Trevelyan, heir to the neighboring estate, Gwynn Place, asks for her help in rescuing an unconscious young woman on the beach, Loveday discovers an aeronaut and an inventor as skilled as she is. Between them, a friendship blossoms, and Loveday wonders if they might even pull off the impossible and invent an air ship that will catch the eye of the Tinkering Prince Regent, who has offered a prize to anyone who can help England break the impasse. Celeste’s loyalties are torn in two. If she is caught working secretly for France, she will lose her friend, the love of an honorable man—and her life. But if Napoleon learns she has betrayed him, she will be executed on sight.

Can friendship prevail in the face of war? Or is there a third solution—one where everything hinges on the bravery and daring of a Cornish debutante and the Emperor’s aeronaut?

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Shelley Adina

Shelley Adina is the author of 24 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, and Hachette, and a dozen more published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk and contemporary romance as Shelley Adina, and as Adina Senft, writes Amish women’s fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. She won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or hanging out in the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.

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Regina Scott

R. E. Scott worked as a technical writer decades and published more than 50 works of historical fiction before combining her passions. Now, alongside acclaimed, bestselling author Shelley Adina, she pens adventurous, romantic steampunk stories that meld alternative history with humor and hijinks.

When she isn’t busy writing—and she’s always busy writing, according to her husband of more than 30 years—you might find her hiking through the forests of her beloved Pacific Northwest, visiting museums, and dreaming up new technologies and plots to delight readers.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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