Sunday, 16 November 2014

Book Review -- Sprockets, Silk and Savages by Killarney Sheffield

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story takes us through the journey and transformation of Alexandra Evans (Alex) from being a tomboyish Iron Woman - literally - to being an intellectual "lady". Alexandra Evans, daughter of a famous inventor, is sunk into her world of machining inventions. She is brilliant at her work, and knows it too. She has no time for frivolities and despises the stereotyped image that goes with her gender. Lord Weston Grendal is assigned on a mission to sign her up for a military task. They barely tolerate each other to begin with but Lord Grendal finds himself falling for her. Unbeknownst to both of them, the army general has sinister plans, to avert which they both need to forget their own motives and form an unlikely coalition. The only spoke in the wheel comes in the form of A-jin-nay, a Native American who ends up "owning" Alex. Whom Alex chooses, and how they all overcome the general's evil plans, form the rest of the book.

This historical romance is a lovely read! Alex takes the reader by surprise, hearteningly deviating from many run-of-the-mill characters that one comes across. Lord Grendal is endearing, with his seemingly stiff demeanour and a soft heart. A-jin-nay steals the scene many-a-time, with his crude words and yet, profound thoughts. The support characters, including the shy Private Nim, to the Native American camp, all prove remarkably memorable. I loved the narration and detailed description, bringing the historical settings and locales straight to the reader's eyes. The pace of the book is just about right. The ending is a tad predictable but still doesn't fail to make the reader sigh in relief that Alex chose what's right for her. 

I would certainly recommend this book to lovers of romance, historical fiction and adventure. 

My rating for this book: 4.5 stars

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