Monday, April 9

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross

Finley Jayne is unlike other young women. With her good heart, she has a temper and an unnatural strength. When her most recent actions leave her unemployed, Finley is surprised to be approached soon after by Lady Morton and hired to be a companion for her daughter, Phoebe.

Phoebe is to soon be married but there is something eerie about the engagement. Something sinister is afoot and it is up to Finley’s good heart and abnormal talents to find out what.

Can Finley save Phoebe from her sealed fate?

I snatched up this free novella on Kindle, unaware that it was the prequel to ‘The Girl in The Steel Corset’, which I not only had a copy of but had been signed by the author, who had complimented my eyes. Yes, I have a slight weakness to compliments. Curse my wavering vanity!

‘The Strange Case of Finley Jayne’ was a compelling read. It took me until the midpoint of the novel to understand the eerie mystery of the plot but while it was fascinating to read, the real reason I enjoyed this book was the insight into the protagonist.

Finley is unsuited to the upper class world that Phoebe and her mother live in. She is a free spirit who knows that she has a dark and dangerous side but sometimes knows she must give into it – and wants to – so that she can do what is right and help those she cares for.

There is plenty of humour in Finley, which makes her such a wonderful character to read about. This may be a good read in itself but it works an effective gateway into The Steampunk Chronicles as it connects the reader to the protagonist. After all, without a likeable main character, a series can fall flat.

The novel is set in London and the vernacular is impeccable, spoiled only a little by the American spelling of words like "neighbor" and "pajamas." It really felt like I was encompassed by Victorian England.

I can’t wait to start reading ‘The Girl in the Steel Corset’* since I just spent ages looking through my shelf thinking I had lost it. Thankfully it had just been alphabetised too early under “C.”

*I totally pronounce “corset” as “corsette.”

In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer purchased this book as a free eBook. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to her by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of Harlequin Teen and is used solely as an aide to the review.

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