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*** Four and a half stars ***
The Clockwork Heart is a perfect quick steampunk novella read. Lilliana Rose has beautiful descriptive writing that transports you to the stunning Adelaide Hills by a cool pond surrounded by kookaburras laughing in eucalyptus trees.
I enjoyed that Libby is depicted as a strong female character. Even though Libby has a newfound strength and determination after surviving a harrowing ordeal, Ms. Rose is also able to show her fragility too. Helen, Libby’s self-defense teacher, is also a strong female character but the story is well balanced so that neither character dominates the other.
A nefarious nemesis from Libby’s past surfaces and will go to any length to capture and torment her again. The ensuing battle from her return is beautifully crafted; with the clockwork heart a nice steampunk touch interwoven throughout the storyline.
Lilliana has the ability to evoke strong feelings of sizzling romance quickly and thoroughly in this compact story that is a must read.
This is the third story I have read by Ms. Rose and The Clockwork Heart is definitely her best work to date. I do look forward to reading more from this author.