Title: The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele Series)
Author: C.J. Archer
Genre: Historical Fiction/ Romance/ Mystery/ Thriller/ Fantasy
Source: Kindle Recommendation
Favourite Quote: ‘As if he’d read my thoughts, his fingers touched mine. He caressed my palm and stroked upward to the underside of my wrist. He traced my throbbing vein and tugged aside the lace cuff of the dress. His finger continued up, up, until it touched the point of the knife. He didn’t flinch, didn’t reel back in surprise. He knew it had been there the entire time. He continued to watch me with those deep, dark pools. I did not pull away, despite my brain screaming at me to run. My heart protested, too, by slamming into my ribs. I couldn’t move. Dared not. Running would invite him to catch me, and what he might do to me if he did scared me as much as it thrilled me.’
It was two weeks ago when India Steele’s father passed away unexpectedly. Two weeks for her fiancé, Eddie Hardacre, to claim her father’s shop and change the name, two weeks for Eddie to decide that he longer wanted to marry her now that he had gotten what he wanted. A watchmakers business of his own.
Left destitute without a home, family or employment, India found herself confronting her ex-fiancé in attempt to ruin his business in front of his costumers hoping it would provide her with some closure. It’s in this moment where we meet Matthew Glass, a wealthy stranger from America who is intent on finding a particular watchmaker. Intrigued by India and her knowledge of the watchmaker’s guild, Mr Glass offers her a position to help him find a missing watchmaker, in return she will be paid and have a place to live in Mayfair until the job is complete.
As a respectable woman, India would have thought the idea of spending time alone with a strange gentleman, accepting to stay with him without a family chaperone would be improper and completely out of the question. But, as Mr. Glass pointed out, she isn’t exactly in a position to worry about what’s proper and appropriate. So she accepts his offer to help him with his search. Little does he know that she has an agenda of her own.
‘I awoke feeling more determined than ever to collect the reward for Mr.Glass’s arrest. Proving he was the Dark Rider would not only make me richer to the tune of two thousand American dollars, it would prove that I wasn’t going to be manipulated. I wasn’t going to fall for his charm.’
Mystery, romance, magic and the thrill of the chase all packed into a series in the 1800’s, what’s not to love?!
A strong-willed independant woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind is my kind of character, particularly in historical fiction. India Steele definitely made the cut.
After her fiancé left her with nothing, India had discovered her limit. What good was being proper and ladylike all the time if you couldn’t speak your mind to the selfish man who ruined your life. Maybe a good slap will make him see reason. Even if it didn’t, I’m sure as hell it felt good.
India is everything I look for in a main female protagonist. She’s intelligent, courageous, witty, and isn’t afraid to pursue her passion in life even if she’s shunned and pushed aside as a woman. She’s also innocent, unique and well, curious. India knew she could be walking into danger when she accepted Mr. Glass’s position as well as a place to stay, but she can’t help but follow through anyway to find out more about her new mysterious employer. I wouldn’t say she was silly by any means, but rather she knew the alternative if she didn’t. The workhouse. The streets. Destitution. Walking into what could be a notorious wanted criminal’s agenda was nothing compared to that.
‘Good lord. I felt as if I’d stepped into a sensation novel.
“Apologies, Miss Steele. I see we’ve alarmed you,” Mr. Glass said.
“Not at all. I’m not easily alarmed.”
“So I’ve seen,” he said with a hint of admiration and a warm smile.’
I absolutely loved Matthew Glass, he’s a dark handsome mysterious enigma that you can’t quite work out but you sure as hell want too, even if he ends up being the notorious Dark Knight with a bounty on his head, he’s won me over. Why does he avoid any personal questions, why is he so desperate to find a particular watchmaker from years ago, why does he suddenly change from looking extremely ill to normal so quickly and what in gods name is up with that glowing watch?! I may have answered by own questions there ^^. Still worth the read. I adored his interactions with India, he obviously needs her for something in connection to his watch, but he also obviously can’t stand to be apart from her, which comes as a bit of a surprise for him. Of course he isn’t exactly a gentleman behind the exterior mannerism, so ripping her dress open so she could breathe, asking her to stay with him whilst they investigate the missing watchmaker, intimate small gestures and well, being half naked infront of her without a care makes him all the more alluring. I’ve read all 7 books in the series and I can honestly say his character continues to get better. They all do. The character build up is fantastic, you’ll come to love all the characters in their own unique way that will keep you wanting more.
‘He sat back, a frown on his brow. “I’m sorry, Miss Steele, I’m a little distracted this morning.”
“Any particular reason?”
He suddenly grinned. It was a breathtaking sight. “The possibility of an attack by knife is on my mind.”
“If that were the case, then your attention should be on the inside of the coach rather than outside it.”
“Indeed.” His eyes glittered with amusement. Clearly he didn’t think me a threat.’
Overall I absolutely adored this story, well, the whole series in fact. I didn’t hesitate to buy each one instantly to read more of their adventures. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an historical fiction romance with added mystery and magic. They are well worth the read and hit my favourites list straight away.
India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill.
Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she’s certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she’ll find herself unemployed and homeless again – and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.