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The Perilous Journey of the Much-Too-Spontaneous Girl
(The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl #2)
by Leigh Statham
Paperback & ebook, 297 pages
September 20th 2016 by 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.
The Perilous Journey of the Much-too-Spontaneous Girl is the second book I’ve read by Leigh Statham. I was really excited for this book to come out because I also read The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl. These books are in the steampunk genre and are perfect for those who like swashbuckling fights.
Marguerite has finally gotten her wish to be a pilot, but she’s not too great at it. She’s much better at the scholarly side of learning than the actual flying part of it. She is a very fun character who gets to go on very exciting adventures….though she’s got to be sneaky to get there! I really like all of the characters in this book and am so glad Claude shows up!
This book is filled with adventure and twists and turns that you won’t expect. If you’re a fan of the steampunk genre, I definitely recommend this series. Just be sure you start with the first book or you’ll be lost!
Excerpt from The Perilous Journey of the Much-Too-Spontaneous Girl
This could be it, she thought. How appropriate that I work so hard and then die in my first solo flight. Poetic even.
She braced herself for death, and a final jerk left her shaken, but alive. Unfortunately, she was dangling from her own rigging, tangled beneath the windsock. She opened her eyes, realized her precarious situation and groaned. She could still fall and be hurt, but her broken pride was worse than death at this point.
“Marguerite!” Jacques was the first on the scene. “Are you alright, my dear? Quick! Someone get a ladder. Call the medic! Move!” He was barking orders like the Air Captain he was born to be.
Marguerite cursed herself and pounded her fist on the altinometer. The little dial spun around and fell off its clasp, landing in the bottom of the circular compartment, completely useless.
“Yes, I’m fine,” she called back. Then more quietly to herself, “Just feeling like a complete idiot.”
“Lady Vadnay,” her professor called up, “I’m sorry, but I’m afraid you failed your first flight test. Very glad you survived, however. Very glad!”
“Wonderful.” She laid her head back against the seat. “Just wonderful.”
Other Books in the Series
Lady Marguerite lives a life most 17th-century French girls can only dream of: money, designer dresses, suitors, and a secure future. Except she can’t quite commit to a life of dull luxury and she suspects she may be falling for her best friend Claude, a common smithy 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.
Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King, Louis the XIV’s social program to settle the wilds of Canada with women of noble birth, Marguerite’s steampunk adventure follows in the footsteps of nearly one thousand brave women and girls who were rewarded handsomely for trekking across the pirate infested Atlantic to a strange land.
“The writing is solid and the world-building – that clever combination of historical detail and Ms. Statham’s imagination – is excellent.”~ The Australia Times Books
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.