The Watchmaker’s Daughter ~ Review

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Title: The Watchmaker’s Daughter
Series: Glass and Steele #1
Author: C.J. Archer
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Genres: Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Steampunk/Mystery/Romance/Historical

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who’ll accept her – an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he’s ill.

Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won’t tell India why any old one won’t do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London’s best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she’s certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she’ll find herself unemployed and homeless again – and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.

With a cast of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a dash of romance, THE WATCHMAKER’S DAUGHTER is the start of a thrilling new historical fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Ministry of Curiosities, Freak House, and Emily Chambers Spirit Medium books.

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*****My Review*****


  • I love India’s fierceness and wit and Matt’s mysteriousness, and I loved the chemistry between the two of them.
  • Interesting side characters that are well-developed.
  • There were a couple times that India tries to explain away things instead of facing them and trying to figure them out. That bugged me.
  • I really enjoyed the late 1800’s London setting. I felt fully immersed into the time and place.
  • I really enjoyed the mystery surrounding Mr. Glass and his “gang”.
  • I didn’t like that it ends like a serial.
  • I was interested and intrigued from start to finish, but it wasn’t the overwhelming kind that kept me from ever putting the book down or feeling like I had to pick it up.

Overall, this wasn’t a book that I’d say was fantastic, but I still thoroughly enjoyed and I’m looking forward to picking up the next book.

Challenges: Library Love, Popsugar, Wizarding World Tour, Goodreads

Have you read A Watchmaker’s Daughter? Do you enjoy steampunk? Have any recommendations?

Happy Reading,


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