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Victorian Scoundrel

Victorian Scoundrel

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by Stephanie Burkhart

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It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Edmund of Wales, back to 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.

Alice soon finds herself over her head in trouble. Edmund is determined to help Prince


It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Edmund of Wales, back to 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.

Alice soon finds herself over her head in trouble. Edmund is determined to help Prince Albert build a dirigible and the prime minister appears intent in preventing her from stopping Edmund. Alice knows it's too early for the massive flying machine to take to the air. Complicating matters is the passionate Grayson Kentfield, Earl of Swinton. Alice can't stop her pulse from pounding when she's near him.

Can Alice give her heart to a man from the past while working to stop Edmund from changing history?

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Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc
Publication date:
The Windsor Diaries , #1
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Barnes & Noble
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761 KB

Meet the Author

Stephanie Burkhart was born in Manchester, New Hampshire. She received a B.S. in Political Science from California Baptist University in 1995. She served in U.S. Army from 1986-1997, spending seven years in Germany. Her interests include exploring European history and watching Dancing with the Stars. Stephanie lives in California and works for LAPD's Communications Division as a 911 Dispatcher. She's married with two young sons.

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Victorian Scoundrel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
A trip through time will always leave a footprint, the question is: how big and how destructive to the future will it be? That is a question that Their Royal Highnesses, Edmund and Alice Windsor, will have to answer as they go tripping backwards in time. Ms. Burkhart gave me a delightful Victorian tale with just a slight fantastical historical twist. This story won't be found on the pages of a newspaper unless it's the National Enquirer. Her story lines took me through many plot twists and turns, and time travel and fantasy kept me wondering, guessing and wish to know what was to happens next. Her narrative may seem stilted at first, but the further I read, the more I got that Victorian feel, and what at first seems to be a flaw turns out to be its strength. The author's use of fantastical gadgets in the Victorian era give this a slight steampunk taste. Her characters are enigmatic, eclectic and all worth their weight in gold especially the Royals, Alice and Edmund, whose personalities constantly kept me turning pages. They didn't lessen my admiration for the other characters in the book, from the ordinary to the sublime. The romance in the first episode in this series is sweet and naughty at the same time. Yet even when naughty it has that Victorian properness to it. The hero is Earl Grayson Swinton, and he many times comes to the rescue of our heroine, Alice, who's left to her own devices by her mischievous Cousin Edmund. The love scenes are pretty modern in taste for our very improper couple. They delve into the forbidden fruit of passion with both feet and leave their audience fanning themselves. This is the perfect romance to read while sitting on a wrap-around porch on the swing sipping a cold lemonade and enjoying the last vestiges of summer. It's the perfect romance if you love the proper etiquette of the Victorian era mixed with the fantasy of time travel. This is the first in this new series and I'm excited to read the next episode. Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Mirabelle8 More than 1 year ago
I find STEAMPUNK fascinating and VICTORIAN SCOUNDREL was perfect for me! It's the first fiction story written by Stephanie Burkhart in her series Windsor Diaries. It's the adventure of Alice Windsor, her cousin Edmund and a mysterious gentleman named Grayson. This fascinating journey started as Alice and Edmund, go back in time to year 1851 where we discover dirigibles, datamancers and transmogrifiers! Can Alice fall in love with a man from the past? Will Edmund be again in mischief with his obsessions? What will happen to them during their time spent during that period of time? If, you love, like me, the world of Steampunk with all that it offers, you will love Victorian Scoundrel! This is the first book that I read by this author and now, I'm looking forward to read A Gentleman and a Rogue, to know what will happen next to these time travelers.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
When I agreed to read this as part of a Review Tour, I liked the premise of the book and had been looking for a good steampunk romance. Unfortunately, what I really wanted was a modern day steampunk, not an actual Victorian era steampunk. The characters in this book travel back to Victorian England and the book takes place in history. I also made the bitter mistake of reading this while listening to The Immortal Empire by Kate Locke. The two are as different as night and day, even though both can be classified as Steampunk.  I found this to be too dry and fussy for my liking. I struggled to read it, and finally after 2 months and I had only gotten through 3 chapters, I threw in the towel and called it quits.  I really hate to DNF a book, but this one just didn't do it for me. If you like time travel and historical romances, then do give this one a try.
Allanaangel More than 1 year ago
Fingerprint or Dinosaur print... When two cousins, Alice and Edmund Windsor, travel back in time anything can happen. Edmund, the mischievous one, has one purpose when he steps into the time machine at the British Time Institute. Alice, on the other hand, has one mission, keep Edmund from changing the future. When Alice picks up a coin marked March 1851 and steps into the time machine with her cousin, she has no idea what the past will hold for her. Will Alice succeed?  Or will the unlikely pair return to the present and discover life as they once knew it has changed? Book one of the Windsor Diaries is fast paced and full of twists and turns. This well-written book is a page-turner, which I can easily recommend to everyone who enjoys a sweet romance and a look into the history of Victorian England. The cliffhanger ending will have you buying the next book in this series. Will the cousins leave a tiny fingerprint with little impact on the future or will their escapades leave a dinosaur print that changes the world forever
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
A fun look at an alternate history of the Great Exhibition. Victorian Scoundrel by Stephanie Burkhart is Book One in ‘The Windsor Diaries’ series and is an intriguing look at the conundrum of time travel with the added twist of an alternate past being explored. Edmund Windsor and Alice Windsor are royalty in 2011 but have the invaluable opportunity to interact with their forebears in 1851 but Alice is attempting to make sure that her cousin Edmund does not substantially change history, only to fall afoul of the dreaded potential paradox herself. Grayson Kentfield, Earl Swinton develops a fascination for the unusual female, Alice, but his suspicions about her and Edmund are almost too fantastical for him to accept. He will have to balance his obligations to his country and the desires of his heart but unfortunately, time may be his enemy. This steampunk romance blends fact and fantasy in an enjoyable tale. There are interesting quirks such as the use of ‘whuzzies’ which allow messages to be exchanged once the owner’s scent is known, a heroine who has overcome a significant learning disability, and a search using magic and science for alternative fuel sources. I was a little surprised that there didn’t seem to be any difficulty with the cousins sharing a hotel room despite being opposing sexes but I have to admire the tenacity and daring that allows them to travel to the past and experience history firsthand. The reader should be reminded that this is the first in a series and the story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger but it is a fun and exciting tale that will stir one’s imagination and whet the appetite for more adventures involving these intriguing characters. A copy of this story was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago