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I love the way this author does romance. Intriguing characters, quirky and vivid turns of phrase (I particularly enjoyed "gertuding"), humor, and just enough detail in danger or dishabille to titillate and make the heart pound.
I am most pleased that my favorite hat making inventor finally has someone to love her properly. If you're already a fan of the other books in this universe then you will probably enjoy this bit of dandelion fluff quite as much as the rest. You'll definitely feel more warmly disposed toward a certain wicker chicken.
Warning: do not read if a couple ladies getting naked and lovingly frisky with each other makes you uncomfortable. Gail Carriger has many other books of a more heteronormative and less descriptive bent, if that's your fancy.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I've been an avid fan of all things Parasol since I was given the first Parasol Protectorate novel years ago. I'm overjoyed to see LGBT themes in her novels, and now, with this story a fantastic f/f story.
When listening to an audio book, the narrator is so important. I've heard books that were good, but the narrator was not and it ruined the experience.
This narrator was prefect! Her voice was soothing and silken. I could listen to her read almost anything.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I am always pleased by Ms Carriger's books and this was no exception. Her first dip into the LGBTQ community was in my opinion a triumph. It not only looked into the struggles of a young girl's coming to terms with her sexuality, but the story between the two lovers read to me like an actual love story that could have been any couple. Yes it addresses the fact that in Victorian England it was a perversion and illegal but it did not focus too heavily on this and I felt this was a good thing. The hesitation was more because of the hurt of a love lost and not the issue of legality. I really enjoyed this book and the narrator was very competent. I am used to Moira Quirk as a narrator so it took some getting used to Ms Newman but she did the book justice. All in all a wonderful book.
Imogen is a very likeable point of view character and it's really lovely to read about Madame Le Fou after the end of the Parasol Protectorate.
Reading the series beforehand isn't necessary but I do recommend it.
Emma Newman's narration is perfect, with great characterisation of all the main characters. A great choice!