All the societal rules are different. The fear of unrequited love is the same. Will these two women find both love and freedom?Fiery Lady Elisandrine 'Elise' Falk doesn't want to follow conventions and marry the boring prince. Nessa Clay, an introverted farmer's daughter wants to chase her dreams and leave her safe village.Calling to them is the dangerous city of Nightport, brimming with new innovations in clockwork and steam power.Circumstances bring Nessa and Elise together and different as they are, they find themselves magnetically drawn to each other. But will that magnetism be enough to make them overcome their insecurities?Furthermore, what secrets does Nightport hold? Who are those men searching for them? And does magic exist after all? With the help of some new friends, Elise and Nessa start to unravel the mysteries - and their feelings for one another. Steam towards love and adventure today, buy the standalone first part of The Tinderbox Tales - Making a Tinderbox, a gaslamp fantasy romance by Emma Sterner Radley.
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Making a Tinderbox based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
So I offered to read this book as I had the time but I was a bit worried I wouldn't be able to give a good review since I am not a big fan of fantasy. Then I thought “well, you are a sucker for a good romance and you liked last Emma's book so why not?” So yes, why not. And boy, was I ever wrong. The book gets you hooked from the beginning. You get inmersed in the story, you are part of it. You hold your breath through their trip to Nightport, their relationship, their encounter with the queen. You hate the queen as much as they do. So Lady Elisandrine is a Noble who wants to live her life freely and finds the perfect person for her adventure. Nessa is a farm girl who always found excuses to leave the nest and meet the world until she meets Lady Elisandrine. They both find the needed encouragement to fly away. To me, the names of fictional places (it is true, Arclid does actually exist, I checked it in wikipedia) don't matter much since I am not English and I wouldn't recognize many of them even if they were real. What I mean is that the story is so good, so well written, the characters are so well developed that whether it happens in Arclid or any other continent doesn't change the fact that you enjoy the story from the beginning. While reading, and even though I am not very familiar with the 1800s in England, I could see it and live it through the author's eyes. And while the story takes place in the past, there are some facts, ideas and situations that, apparently, are very today. People's open minds, the normality in some characters' genre or sexual orientation are something that we can find in our daily lives. This is the second book I've read by this author and I think she has a brilliant future ahead. Last thing I have to say is brilliant book!