The Perilous Journey of the Not So Innocuous Girl
by Leigh Statham
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.
I really liked this book! The cover was so cool, so I knew I wanted to read it. It started a little slowly, so I wasn’t sure it was going to live up to my expectations. Thankfully it did! Once I got into the story, it became very good.
Marguerite is such a strong main character. There is so much to like about her. Rather than just be content with riches and marrying a man chosen for her, she’s got so much more ambition! She loves seeing the inventions that her best friend Claude makes and seeing the process that goes into them. She is intelligent, and she knows what she wants. And what she DOESN’T want! She doesn’t want to be with someone she doesn’t love, and she doesn’t want to be stuck.
When the chance to escape the life she doesn’t want to live comes along, she takes it! What happens along the journey is for you to find out! I don’t want to spoil the story at all, so I’ll just say that this is a book you shouldn’t miss! If you are a fan of steampunk or sci/fi fantasy, you will really enjoy this book. All of the characters are great. The book moves quickly and the romance included is great and surprising! I am definitely hoping for another book!
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.