Welcome to Week 166!
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky at Freda's Voice. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.
This is a book sent to me by a publisher. Christopher Hoare is one of my former virtual book tour clients. I've never read anything steampunk before, but I love Regency so I wanted to give it a try.
Welcome to the Steampunk World of Regency…
…where the power of steam has already passed from the age of unsatisfactory experiments to the first country-spanning railways and ships that no longer sail at the whims of weather. Roberta Stephenson is the daughter of the ‘Father of Railways’…a girl almost raised in the engine works and through her experience, and education in the most advanced halls of Miss Mather’s Academy for Girls, is fit to become manager and designer at her father’s steamship yard on the Clyde.
And Britain needs Roberta’s expertise, for fate in this world has dealt more kindly with Napoleon, allowing him to extricate most of his army from Moscow in 1812, and granting him at least a draw at Leipzig in 1813. With developments of the steamships begun in France in 1783 he is ready to take one more gamble to rid himself of the interference of Perfidious Albion, and the island’s safety may depend on the steam powered rams Roberta is offering to their lordships of the Admiralty.
Complicating Roberta’s professional life are her romantic suitors: Lord Julian Bond, man about town and Admiralty spy; the enigmatic Symington Holmes; and Engineer Lieutenant Alfred Worthington RN. It seems that Roberta is destined to choose one of these gentlemen, but will she choose wisely?
Location 250-258 on my Kindle: Bond glanced up at the ensign flying at the top of the mast to judge the wind. If he ordered a turn away they would be running closer to the wind and their fore-and-aft rig would lose some advantage and speed.