23 February 2024

a lady's guide to marvels and misadventure | first line friday + the friday 56

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happy friday!

i got my copy of a lady's guide to marvels and misadventure yesterday, and i am so excited.

first line: for miss clara marie stanton, the task of preventing her family from being committed to an asylum had become as commonplace as it was exhausting.

page 56: assuming the most unwelcome of stancesarms crossed, spine rigid, lips pinchedshe stared him down and denied him the courtesy of a response.

about the book

Miss Clara Marie Stanton's family may be eccentric, but they certainly aren't insane.

London, England, 1860
When Clara's ex-fiancé begins to spread rumors that her family suffers from hereditary insanity, it's all she can do to protect them from his desperate schemes, society's prejudice, and a lifetime in an asylum. Then Clara's Grandfather Drosselmeyer brings on an apprentice with a mechanical leg, and all pretense of normalcy takes wing.

Theodore Kingsley, a shame-chased vagabond haunted by the war, wants a fresh start far from Kingsley Court and the disappointed father who declared him dead. Upon returning to England, Theodore meets clockmaker Drosselmeyer, who hires him as an apprentice, much to Clara's dismay. When Drosselmeyer spontaneously disappears in his secret flying owl machine, he leaves behind a note for Clara, beseeching her to make her dreams of adventure a reality by joining him on a merry scavenger hunt across Europe. Together, Clara and Theodore set off to follow Drosselmeyer's trail of clues, but they will have to stay one step ahead of a villain who wants the flying machine for himself--at any cost.

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  1. Are you also reading Les Miserables? I was just looking at my copy of that book yesterday and thinking about how much I liked it.

  2. oh my, this sounds like a fun and quirky read - one to add to my "someday" list. Happy Reading!