Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl by Leigh Statham

The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl
(The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl #2)
by Leigh Statham
Publication Date:  September 20, 2016
Publisher:  Month9Books

Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.

This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.

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Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th century French girls can only dream of: Money, designer dresses, suitors and a secure future. Except, she suspects her heart may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithie in the family’s steam forge. When Claude leaves for New France in search of a better life, Marguerite decides to follow him and test her suspicions of love. Only the trip proves to be more harrowing than she anticipated. Love, adventure and restitution await her, if she can survive the voyage.

If you like futuristic dystopian fantasy, or Austenesque historical regencies or just a really good adventure with strong heroines as a bonus, do yourself a favor and get this book.

The beginning has all the elements of a girl coming of age and having to deal with the customs of the time. Oh, but the times are changing! Instead of suffering the attentions of insufferable, dull suitors to please her father, Lady Marguerite would rather learn about inventions or even run off to join The Daughters of the King social program. It could not be as bad as marriage.

Besides all the wonderful gadgets and angst filled situations, this book has a creative and enticing storyline. I appreciated the descriptive phrasing.

"The garden was dark except for the bright yellow squares of light from inside painted on the ground and pouring over the manicured hedges. One laid itself delicately over a fountain that tinkled and sang over the orchestra inside."

I admire the author for creating this during NaNoWriMo, even more fascinating that it is based on her ancestral history.

Leigh Statham was raised in the wilds of rural Idaho, but found her heart in New York City. She worked as a waitress, maid, artist, math teacher, nurse, web designer, art director, thirty-foot inflatable pig and mule wrangler before she settled down in the semi-quiet role of wife, mother and writer. She resides in North Carolina with her husband, four children, five chickens and two suspected serial killer cats. If the air is cool and the sun is just coming up over the horizon, you can find her running the streets of her small town, plotting her next novel with the sort of intensity that will one day get her hit by a car.

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