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    Couldn't put it down, can't wait for the next one.

    I received an advanced copy of this eBook from CJ Archer in exchange for my honest review and I can honestly say that I found the story to be riveting right from the beginning with each chapter was more addictive than the last. I simply didn't want to put it down until I'd unlocked all the mysteries. And the characters are wonderful, different and exciting. From the heroine, Ms Steele (who is definitely someone I look forward to getting to know better as the series continues) to Mr Glass (who is... well lets just say... everything you could want in a man) and his very colourful companions. Needless to say, I finished the book in a couple of days and will now be waiting on tender-hooks for the next instalment.
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    CJ Archer is one of my absolute favourite authors, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advanced copy of The Watchmaker’s Daughter, book 1 in the Glass and Steele series. This is an amazing book. I can’t say that enough. CJ Archer’s writing style is absolutely gripping. It took me less than 24 hours to read the whole book because I just couldn’t put it down. I don’t know what it is, but her writing style is enthralling. I am yet to come across another author who can pull me in with their words in the way CJ Archer does. I’ve been a huge fan of CJ Archer’s other works for years. Her historical fantasies are the perfect blend of my two favourite genres. The Watchmaker’s Daughter is no exception. The fantasy is subtle, but it is present throughout the book. The historical setting isn’t in-your-face, but it suits the book perfectly. The setting and the plot are intertwined in such a way that I can’t imagine the book taking place anywhere else. India Steele is a highly developed character, and she’s one of the best I’ve come across in such a long time. She’s a 27 year old woman, which makes her one of the oldest characters I’ve read – speaking of which, why are most female protagonists in their late teens or early 20s? Anyway, India. She’s a 27 year old spinster, who also happens to be an orphan and homeless and broke. After being thrown out onto the street, she finds a job with a man named Mr Glass, which leads her on a journey to discover the truth about the world she lives in. Magic is real, and it’s all around her. What I find with all of CJ Archer’s writing is that she creates these highly developed and unique characters. In this book, she also creates a superb sense of suspense. Mr Glass was such a complex character (I know, I’ve been saying that a lot, but it’s true). I never could figure him out. For most part, I thought he was a vampire – after all, CJ Archer has written about ghosts and magic before, so why not vampires? But no, he isn’t a vampire. He’s just a mystery that I liked trying to solve as I read the book. So if you’re looking for a book that will suck you in and hold your attention, then The Watchmaker’s Daughter is definitely worth the money. The writing is impeccable, the story is fantastic, and the characters are so real with all of their flaws and redemptions. You could not find a better book (except maybe another CJ Archer story).
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    Favourite in the C.J. Archer Style

    This is my favourite of the C.J. Archer books. Archer deviated from her usual: 18-year-old protagonist getting abducted. Instead the protagonist is older, and never got abducted by the 30-year-old gentleman. The protagonist only throws up once (from what I recall)! Which is much less than in the other books. Also, the love interest is much warmer and more likable than many of them. I can't wait for the next one to come out!
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    Fun and mystery you're sure to enjoy!

    I received the ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was first introduced to C.J. Archer’s writing in the Freak House stories then, more recently, her Necromancer series (highly recommended). The Watchmaker’s Daughter is the first book in a new series – and boy is it fun! This story introduces us to the main characters, India Steele and Matthew Glass, the circumstances that bring them together along with an intriguing mystery that unfolds thereafter. I’m not going to reveal any spoilers, or outline any plot points as this is something you’ll want to experience for yourself. What I will say is that the author makes all the characters easy to picture in the mind’s eye; they’re well developed and I became engrossed in the unfolding drama. India’s innocence and pluck makes you root for her. Matt, while he comes across as charming, you just know he’s hiding something. Then there’s his “family” including Willie, Cyclops, Duke and Aunt Letitia who bring their own pieces of the puzzle into the mix… all of which leaves you wondering what’s really going on and what will happen next. The dialogue between all characters flows naturally and is perfectly paced: you get to experience the relationships developing as the story progresses. I love the whole mysteriousness of the situation, with more questions than answers at this time, and really enjoyed this tale. I can’t WAIT to get more details, more of India, Matt and the gang to see what comes to light next and work towards finding out answers to the mystery - which means having to wait (*groan*) for the next book, The Mapmaker’s Apprentice.
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    Worth your time

    Once again, C.J. Archer has managed to give us a page-turner with great characters. India Steele just lost her father, and was jilted by her jerk of a fiancé who only wanted her for the family business. Well, he managed to get his hands on her father’s watchmaker business without marrying her, which leaves our heroine with nowhere to go. That’s when she meets Matthew Glass, who employs her to help him find a certain watchmaker. Here’s where the mystery begins – Why does he need this specific watchmaker? What’s so special about his watch? Is he really an outlaw that is being sought by authorities for crimes back in America? India is penniless - should she keep working for him or turn him in for the reward? Will they get the watch fixed before they (literally) run out of time? And, most importantly, will Matthew kiss her? Never a dull moment, the main characters and the supporting cast are unique and believable. I particularly enjoyed the scene at the beginning where India confronts her former fiancé. India comes off as being strong without being an annoying harpy, as is often seen when authors try to give the heroine a backbone but go over-the-top. I also like that there is conflict between the characters without the typical they hate each other and then fall in love trope. There are legitimate reasons for mistrust between India and Matthew, and it’s not due to silly misunderstandings. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. C.J. has the uncanny ability to write series in a way that, while each book has a definite, satisfying conclusion; there’s a tendril of the story that leads to the next installment. I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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