About Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts

brass carriages and glass hearts

A steampunk retelling of Cinderella.

Emmeline O’Shea is determined to save the world—single-handedly, if necessary. A strong voice for societal reform, she is the natural choice to deliver a key speech at the end of the International Shifter Rights Organization’s week-long Summit in Scotland.

But when a death threat arrives at Emme’s home, she is immediately placed into protective custody, watched over by none other than her personal nemesis, Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed. The two have crossed paths many times, with disastrous results, but now they will have to work together in order to reach the Summit before midnight of the last day in order to ensure legislation is passed to protect the Shifter community.

As unseen enemies close in around Emme and Oliver, they struggle to reach Edinburgh by any means necessary, only to find Emme’s vindictive stepsister, Oliver’s vampire brother, and a dangerous political minefield awaiting them in Scotland.

Even more difficult is their own refusal to admit that the fiery animosity that once burned between them might be turning into the heat of romantic passion. Could a straitlaced policeman determined to uphold the law and an outspoken activist willing to break the rules ever find true love? Or will all their dreams shatter like glass when the clock strikes midnight?

My review

This book is amazing! I read the whole thing in one afternoon. And I enjoyed every minute of it. It’s a Steampunk retelling of Cinderella. This book is so well written.

Emme is the main character. And she’s a fireball. She’s an activist for shape-shifters. Emme is always in the middle of trouble. I had to laugh when she got hauled off to jail in the very first chapter. By her archenemy Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed.

Speaking of Oliver Reed. The way these two get thrown together because of Emme’s need for protection was such a fun part of the book. Oliver goes out of his way to make sure she’s safe, even when she does crazy things like jumping from an airship. Oliver and Emme slowly fell in love during the craziness of their adventure. That was one of my favorite parts.

I loved the cast of characters of this one. They’re all a little nuts. There’s Emme’s family, Gus the vampire, and her friends, which we’ve seen in Nancy Campbell Allen’s other books. You should read them all if you haven’t! I’d start with Beauty and the Clockwork Beast. But they’re all amazing! I’ll leave links to them all below.

If you haven’t read a Steampunk book yet, I highly recommend this series!

I was sent a copy of Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Purchase links

Amazon – Deseret Book

About author Nancy Campbell Allen

Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of seventeen published novels and numerous novellas, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005, her work won the Utah Best of State award, and she received a Whitney Award for My Fair Gentleman. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel, and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.
Visit her at nancycampbellallen.com, on Instagram @authornancycampbellallen, on Facebook at nancycampbellallen, or on Twitter @necallen.

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