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5 stars for Plague Doctor: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure by @LauraSt05038951 #steampunkromance
Title: Plague Doctor: A Buffalo Steampunk Adventure
Author: Laura Strickland
Genre: Steampunk Romance
A menace stalks the streets of Victorian Buffalo. Costumed like a medieval physician, it brings panic, sickness, and death to a city already in turmoil over automaton rights. Fresh off a boat from Poland, Kasper Czak can’t let politics or mysterious figures deter him. He’s willing to work anywhere for an honest wage, including as caretaker at the Lost Waifs Orphanage.
Tori Anderson, a young woman with a withered arm, also works at Lost Waifs, where there’s never enough time, hands, or money for their young charges. Locked down at the orphanage with ailing children, cranky steam units, and the handsome Kasper, Tori wonders if she’ll survive. But when she comes face to face with the plague doctor, she discovers her true strength.
Another fine effort in the Buffalo Steampunk series, this book takes the reader to a different part of Buffalo. Welcome to the dark side of the town here. The vivid descriptions give a real O Twist feel to the book.
Fans of the old Hammer horror films will really enjoy this book. There is a real feeling that Bela or Boris could be traipsing about the dark streets of 19th-century Buffalo.
There is a strong undercurrent of romance in this book. That romance can blossom in abject poverty and suffering is a celebration of the human spirit. Here the age-old question of what is beauty is brought to the forefront. Truly this book illustrates that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Kasper's feelings for Tori are beautiful to read.
The overarching battle for equal rights is a strong subplot in this novel. This is the Buffalo Steampunk world on the seamier side. Dark, and foreboding but with hope and love, this book has it all. Recommended to fans of Laura Strickland. Recommended to fans of this series. Recommended to fans of gothic horror.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Multi-award-winning author Laura Strickland delights in time traveling to the past and searching out settings for her books, be they Historical Romance, Steampunk or something in between. Her first Scottish Historical hero, Devil Black, battled his way onto the publishing scene in 2013, and the author never looked back. Nor has she tapped the limits of her imagination. Venturing beyond Historical and Contemporary Romance, she created a new world with her ground-breaking Buffalo Steampunk Adventure series set in her native city, in Western New York. Married and the parent of one grown daughter, Laura has also been privileged to mother a number of very special rescue dogs, and is intensely interested in animal welfare. Her love of dogs, and her lifelong interest in Celtic history, magic and music, are all reflected in her writing. Laura's mantra is Lore, Legend, Love, and she wouldn't have it any other way.
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Laura Strickland Author @LauraSt05038951
Reviewed by: Teddy