Thursday, December 26, 2013

Review -- Photographs & Phantoms by Cindy Spencer Pape

Title: Photographs & Phantoms (Gaslight Chronicles #2)Author: Cindy Spencer Pape
Genre: Romance, Historical, Steampunk
ebook, 20, 000 words
Published April 25th 2011 by Carina Press (first published April 2011)
ISBN: 9781426891533

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the book:
As a member of the Order of the Round Table, Kendall Lake is overqualified to be investigating strange phenomena at a seaside photography studio. But since the photographer is related to the Order's most powerful sorcerer, Kendall reluctantly boards a dirigible to Brighton.
Amy Deland is haunted by a shadow that appears in some of her recent portraits. In each case, the subject died within days of the sitting. Does she have her grandmother's gift of foresight, or has she somehow caused the deaths?
As Kendall and Amy search for answers, their investigation draws them together in a most improper way - but it seems the evil presence in the studio is determined to keep them apart...

I loved this story! It was swift and sweet and it had just the right amount of Steampunk for me. I prefer my stories not to be bogged down with heavy, dark details. The descriptions used were just the right amount to paint the world. I was so happy to see characters from the first story and catch up with their lives. This author creates the most endearing cast and Amy and Kendall are no exception. Kendall is so stoic until he meets Amy and she turns his already upside down life even further on its head. Amy is a wonderful heroine, independent and intelligent as well as creative and open-minded. I loved the details concerning her photography practice and the setting was fabulous because really, who doesn't love the beach? I've already got the next in the series loaded on my reader and I cannot wait to read it!

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