Amelia Darcy has no interest in marrying well. Her heart belongs to the sky and the dirigibles of brass and steel that swoop over Victorian England. But when her father, an eccentric inventor, dies, the Darcy siblings are left with scrap metal—and not a penny to their names. Their only hope to save the family name and fortune is to embark on a contest to discover an invention of historical importance in honor of Queen Victoria.
Armed with only her father’s stories of a forgotten da Vinci workshop, a mechanically enhanced falcon, and an Italian cook, Amelia takes flight for Florence, Italy. But her quest is altered when her kitecycle crashes into the air ship of ex–Air Marshal—and scandalous dime novel hero—Tucker Gentry.
Ms. Ciotta paints a vivid backdrop of stodgy Victorian culture accented by the sleek trappings of futuristic machines and ideas. Her story is witty and easy to follow, even if readers are not normally fond of the steampunk genre. Amelia is perhaps just a little too naïve and impetuous, but finds a good balance in Tucker. It will be fascinating to see how the rest of this series develops.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More