AUTHOR: Stephanie Burkhart
INFO: Paperback, Fiction, 164 pages
PUBLISHED: Desert Breeze Publishing, 2014
SOURCE: Received from Publisher for Review
FROM GOODREADS: Jocelyn Dunkirk is not your typical Victorian lady. She dresses in leather, wears goggles, and is not afraid to get a little grease under her fingernails. Gentlemen avoid her like a dirty rivet.
Richard Windsor, the Prince of Wales, travels through time to claim Jocelyn's heart, but if it isn't one challenge, it's another. He determines to be a constant, steady presence in her life, hoping to prove he'd make a worthy husband.
Jocelyn's facing a bucket full of problems. The prime minister wants her to assist in ending a coal strike before it cripples the nation while her father attempts to recover from a serious injury. Will Jocelyn's dedication to her country and family ruin the one chance she has at love?
She swatted her hand next to her head like she was swatting a fly. Love could flitter away from her heart like a hummingbird for all she cared. Who needed it? Love hurts.
A knock rapped on the door, but before she could voice a reply, Richard walked in. He crossed the room, raw concern splayed over his face and he knelt before her. "What's wrong?"
"Nothing.""You look annoyed."
"A lady never cusses," she replied.
His lips tipped in amusement. "What else does a lady never do?"
"They never wear the same dress twice."
He pulled up a chair and sat in front of her. "I believe that."
"And a lady never lies," she said.
He slid his hand over hers and laced their fingers together. A sweet jolt pulsed up her arm and she smiled despite herself."So what's bothering you?" he asked
MY TAKE: What a delightful book! While this is the third book in Stephanie Burkhart's "The Windsor Diaries" series, it can be a stand-alone treat. I have to admit that I've already added the other three books to my TBR list so I can continue my fun.
I fell in love with the characters in this time-jumping, historical, steampunk, Victorian romance. This book/series touches so many genres and themes that there really is something in it for every reader. Seeing both sides of the modern world and the Victorian age really makes for an interesting backdrop to a lovely and touching romance.
Jocelyn is my new hero(ine). I love her independence even while she's trying to do what she can in the confines of her surroundings and the age she hails from. A strong woman with a strong sense of what is right and honorable who loves her daddy. She's just perfect.
Of course, her perfect match is the yummy Richard who is trying to do everything he can to ease her troubles and prove himself to her. What a guy. I'd like one please..
One of the other points that I liked is that it wasn't a simple "let me go live in your time period" decision for either of them. They both had major responsibilities and obligations that made it apparently impossible.
I highly recommend this book and I would imagine the whole series if the other books are anything close to this one!
~~~~~ Disclaimer: All opinions expressed on this blog are 100% my own. I do not receive monetary compensation for my reviews but do utilize affiliate links. I may receive books in order to facilitate a review, but this does not guarantee a good review - only a completely honest one. Each review post denotes how I obtained the book.