Saturday, April 25, 2020

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen - OPTIONAL

Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen, 368 pages. Shadow Mountain Publishing, 2020. $16.

Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG



Emmeline O’Shea, a 23yo activist, is forced to work with her nemesis, Detective-Inspector Oliver Reed, when she receives a threatening letter concerning her upcoming speech. As both Oliver and her midnight speech get closer, those wishing Emme harm get more desperate to silence her. Without a fairy godmother or a miracle to save her, Emme might not live long enough to speak the words still in her heart.

While technically the fourth in a series, this book can easily be read as a standalone; it alludes to some events that were put into action in the previous books, but all the important pieces are explained here for readers. Emme’s story is advertised as a Cinderella retelling, but I found myself straining to find the connections through the first half of the book. Connections to the original story seem to be mostly a stretch of the imagination, though a couple factors are obvious like Emme’s stepsisters and a character named Gus-Gus. Overall, I liked the story, though I think I would have enjoyed it more without the distraction of looking for Cinderella-elements that were not there.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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