I continue to be amazed at the quality of debut novels. Pulley has created a captivating story that involves fantasy,Japanese and British history and independent women. This is a book I would recommend to people who want to escape in a book. A Japanese watchmaker can see into the future and he leaves his homeland to meet someone but he doesn’t know who. An exquisite, complicated watch he delivers secretly to this person, London a civil servant. When Thaniel comes looking for the watchmaker who created a watch that warns him of a bomb, Thaniel and they become friends. Add an independent woman scientist and this story set in the late 1880’s takes on another twist, for she, too, has a watch made by the Japanese watchmaker. She has a real problem; she can’t inherit her own home until she marries. Thaniel has a sister and two nephews he is supporting. If he marries her, she will use her wealth to send his nephews to a private school. This involved steampunk story has a surprisingly satisfying ending, giving the main characters what they most need. I am not a steampunk fan, but this book has me on the lookout for other Victorian steampunk stories.

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