The Watchmaker's Daughter

The Watchmaker's Daughter

by CJ Archer

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The Watchmaker's Daughter by CJ Archer

"a page-turner with great characters." 5 stars from Hooked On Books

"Loved, loved, loved this book." 5 stars from Eriegirl218

"What an absolutely fun read! This story had me captivated from beginning to end and eagerly awaiting the next book! Loved it! Mystery, and magic, with another great female lead!" 5 stars from Tjuliannev


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.

With a cast of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a dash of romance, THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER is the start of a thrilling new historical fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Ministry of Curiosities, Freak House, and Emily Chambers Spirit Medium books.

KEYWORDS: historical mystery, historical fantasy, victorian era, victorian fantasy, steampunk, historical romance, paranormal romance, romantic fantasy, paranormal fantasy, magic, fantasy mystery, wild west, oulaws, victorian romance, alternate reality, magical realism

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152945560
Publisher: Oz Books
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Series: Glass and Steele
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,047
File size: 519 KB

About the Author

C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written historical romances set in Elizabethan England. C.J. has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, 2 children and Coco the black and white cat. Subscribe to C.J.'s newsletter to be notified when she releases a new book, as well as get access to exclusive content and subscriber-only giveaways. Join via her website: She loves to hear from readers. You can contact her through email or follow her on social media to get the latest updates on her books: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram: Pinterest: Goodreads:

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The Watchmaker's Daughter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page The Watchmaker's Daughter grabs your attention and doesn't let go. India Steele is a brilliant, independent, and loyal young woman whose life has fallen apart. Barging into her late father's shop to confront her ex-fiance takes an unexpected turn and India is soon embroiled in an adventure...and a mystery. Matthew Glass is a man on a mission. With the aid of strange companions, he seeks a particular watchmaker. With India's assistance they just may find him. A fast-paced, loud out loud humorous, clean romantic adventure appropriate for ages 11-111. And as I believe all book reviews should include this information, there are 215 pages in this book on my e-reader. I loved the elements of steampunk in this book. The characters were believeable and compelling; I wanted them to triumph! The romantic tension was not overwhelming and definitely added a fun dynamic to the storyline. The minute I finished it I went back to the beginning and read it again. Cannot wait for book two! If you have enjoyed CJ Archer's other books, you are sure to love this one as well. I received an ARC for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, just no ending Good story with no ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series already has me hooked. I'm dying for book two. This one ends on the perfect note.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Almost didnt read this book because of one review that said it ended on a major cliffhanger. So not a fan of those. Looking forward to reading the next in this series because I'm invested in the characters and anxious to see what's next for them. This book is a fun mystery with a bit of romance and a little twist of magic thrown in. I'd call it a light read because 1... While it's a joy to read you can put it down without going nuts and simply look forward to getting back to it again. 2... It's a mystery that's minus the ugly parts and has romance without the smutt. Because of these reasons I think this book is a rare gem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad I found this author, I like everything she does and will get the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroine is smart, plucky & irrepressible despite being thrown out in the streets after her watchmaker father dies. Her story is full of mystery, magic, & danger. It swirls around a broken watch, India's superb skill as a watchmaker, & a handsome man who's life is full of dark secrets but is also capable of kindness.
Anonymous 3 days ago
While the story kept my interest and the pages turning, the heroine really put me off. When we first meet her, she has been swindled out of her inheritance, kicked out of her boarding house and is penniless. The hero comes along and seeing her difficulties, hires her, pays her a week in advance, feeds her, and then takes her into his home. She immediately plots to turn him in for a reward, based on no evidence except he's an american. This ingratitude and betrayal almost kept me from reading further. It will keep me from reading the next book in the series. That's a shame because the rest of the book was pretty good but a fairly good story doesn't make up for unlikable characters and virtually every female in the book was illogical, flighty, shallow, stupid or in the case of an aunt, senile. What does it say about an author who writes for an audience they have so small regard for?
Anonymous 5 days ago
I really liked this book, though it was a bit slow to develop, until I got to the end.... to be continued...
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very good book. Story flows smoothly. Enjoyed reading.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Exciting story line well developed characters colorful dialogue Liked very much Is a series Want to read the next story
tschnitzler 10 months ago
Different sort of book than I usually read, and I am not disappointed. The story takes place in long ago London, where ladies were ladies and gentlemen were very formal gentlemen. The story is magical and mysterious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read adventure. A little suspense and magic. Next book please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got into this story very quickly and found it to be so very enjoyable. It has wonderful characters all through and , best of all, it really keeps you guessing. I enjoyed it immensley.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CJ Archer is one of my absolute favourite authors, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of The Watchmaker’s Daughter, book 1 in the Glass and Steele series. This is an amazing book. I can’t say that enough. CJ Archer’s writing style is absolutely gripping. It took me less than 24 hours to read the whole book because I just couldn’t put it down. I don’t know what it is, but her writing style is enthralling. I am yet to come across another author who can pull me in with their words in the way CJ Archer does. I’ve been a huge fan of CJ Archer’s other works for years. Her historical fantasies are the perfect blend of my two favourite genres. The Watchmaker’s Daughter is no exception. The fantasy is subtle, but it is present throughout the book. The historical setting isn’t in-your-face, but it suits the book perfectly. The setting and the plot are intertwined in such a way that I can’t imagine the book taking place anywhere else. India Steele is a highly developed character, and she’s one of the best I’ve come across in such a long time. She’s a 27 year old woman, which makes her one of the oldest characters I’ve read – speaking of which, why are most female protagonists in their late teens or early 20s? Anyway, India. She’s a 27 year old spinster, who also happens to be an orphan and homeless and broke. After being thrown out onto the street, she finds a job with a man named Mr Glass, which leads her on a journey to discover the truth about the world she lives in. Magic is real, and it’s all around her. What I find with all of CJ Archer’s writing is that she creates these highly developed and unique characters. In this book, she also creates a superb sense of suspense. Mr Glass was such a complex character (I know, I’ve been saying that a lot, but it’s true). I never could figure him out. For most part, I thought he was a vampire – after all, CJ Archer has written about ghosts and magic before, so why not vampires? But no, he isn’t a vampire. He’s just a mystery that I liked trying to solve as I read the book. So if you’re looking for a book that will suck you in and hold your attention, then The Watchmaker’s Daughter is definitely worth the money. The writing is impeccable, the story is fantastic, and the characters are so real with all of their flaws and redemptions. You could not find a better book (except maybe another CJ Archer story).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. When is the next one coming out???? Great pace, interesting characters, a little romantic tension.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To mellow for my liking. Not enough tension, not enough action, not enough of a lot of stuff!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a piece of crap. Drag you through this entire boring story and then comes the horrible ending that is just to get you to buy the next book.... never!!!!!