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Discover the Magic of The Watchmaker's Daughter

A review by Tiffany Kennah

The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C. J. Archer is the first book in the Glass and Steele Series. The first four books can be found on Hoopla as audiobooks.

This 10-book series (10th book to be released soon) is a Victorian-era historical fantasy who-done-it with a touch of romance. India Steele is the daughter of a watchmaker who passes away leaving his watch shop to India’s fiancé. The fiancé soon reveals that he was never interested in India and rids himself of her. India finds herself homeless, alone, and broke. She has a chance meeting with the mysterious and wealthy Mr. Matthew Glass who rescues India and changes her life. Did I mention India is a magician just beginning to discover her talents? Matthew has a secret of his own that only India and her family magic can help him with, but first they must solve some mysteries, with the help of some wild friends, and reclaim India’s inheritance. This may not be easy with the Watchmaker’s guild on their heels trying to banish all magicians and prevent the guild members' own secrets from getting out.

The audiobook is 9 hrs 20 min long and narrated by Emma Powell. The narrating skills of Emma Powell are excellent. Every character is clearly defined with a different voice. The personalities of each character are captured by the narrator in her use of accents and intonation. This audiobook was easy to get through and left me wanting to dive into the next one. I personally enjoy the audiobooks because they allow me to get things done around the house while indulging in a book without the guilt. Through audiobooks everyone has time to “read” a book and this book is well worth your time.

If you like this series you may also like The Artifact Hunt series by A.W. Exley, Kate Wise Mystery Series by Blake Pierce, and High Society Lady Detective Series by Sara Rosett. Other authors similar to C. J. Archer are Christine Pope, W. J. May, S. M. Reine, K.A. Pope, Kyoko M., and Mande Matthews.

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