Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Princess is Always Right by Stephanie Burkhart (Review, excerpt and GIVEAWAY) GFT






by Stephanie Burkhart

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GENRE: Steampunk Romance

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BLURB:


Sophia may be the youngest Windsor, but she knows her mind. A Princess of York, she's committed to do her duty – prevent Jonas Byron from finding Nikola Tesla and decimating the time line.

Jax Ruston is a rugged metalsmith with curly hair and dimples to die for. A resident of 1855, he's pledged to help Sophia find Jonas. Together, they journey across continental Europe in pursuit of Jonas.

Despite her duty, Sophia's attracted to handsome Jax. However, he's committed to living in 1855. Can Sophia keep her focus on her mission, or will desire interfere with her task? Only one thing is certain: a princess is always right.

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EXCERPT

She wrinkled her brow. What did she want? To go home and train horses and pray the press leave her alone? To support charities? Sure, the task was noble, but not...fulfilling. Would she be dispatched through Great Britain as a goodwill ambassador? Did she want to seek higher schooling like Richard had? Was there a balance to be found between her personal life and her royal obligations? Richard and Alice seemed to find that balance, but Sophia felt almost rudderless in this moment. Did she want to remain a princess or enjoy the anonymity that Edmund possessed?

She ran a hand over her hair. She'd never felt so directionless before. Why was that? Because she wanted Jax in her life? They had discussed visiting each other using the time machine before Augustus' uncle passed away, but Sophia believed travel wouldn't be approved just for dating.

"You're a Windsor. Duty first. Love second. That's what I did and the nation benefited because of it." Liz's voice filled with pride.

"I had no idea it was such a thought provoking question." He kept his voice light in an effort to put her at ease.

She placed her hands in her lap. "Surprisingly, it is."

"How so?"

"I have some very serious decisions to make regarding my future." She drew in a breath. "And the direction I want to take it in."

He chuckled. "Remember -- a princess is always right."

She sighed, realizing she could only think of one major problem at a time and her future would have to wait. "I have to be right when it comes to Jonas. I have to catch him."






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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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My review: 

4 out of 5 stars
 

A Princess Is Always Right by Stephanie Burkhart is Book 4 of the ‘Windsor Diaries’ series and picks up with the trip that Princess Sophia Windsor takes to the past to rectify the changes that have altered modern times.  Her race to capture Jonas Byron before he can inadvertently sabotage the future is facilitated by Jax Ruston, who has also experienced time travel.  There are many unexpected developments that impact the couple’s quest, including one involving the heretofore obnoxious reporter, Jack Brandon, plus an amazing voice from the past.  Several pivotal decisions must be made, and the future may never return to its proper course unless everything is balanced out. 

This fun time travel romance gives an intriguing perspective on the impact various developments during the Industrial Age had upon the course of history.  The excitement and allure of the rapidly changing developments of the mid-nineteenth century are portrayed through the fascinating inventions utilized and the radical clothing styles adopted by the forward-thinking women who are seeking to break free from the strictures traditionally imposed upon their gender.  The travel depicted provides an exotic backdrop to the main quest and the unexpected additions to the search party add fascinating complications. 

It is great to have the quiet Sophia blossom with her time in the spotlight and the emotional and difficult choices she is forced to make give great insight into her character and allow others in her group to show their own maturation and improvement of character.   These stories showcase the author’s ability to create a very entertaining time travel story and it was great to get a chance to see characters who have figured prominently in previous stories.  I don’t think this particular volume can be read as a stand-alone story, as prior events heavily impact the actions of the characters and the society portrayed in this tale.  There are some issues with editing that are a little frustrating, but overall this is an entertaining addition to a creative series. 

A copy of this title was provided to me for review

17 comments:

  1. Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?

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    1. Hopefully, Stephanie will come back and give you her answer, Mai. But I would rather vacation in HI...so I would be warm and could sit on the beach and enjoy my pineapple juice and a book!

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  2. I love time travel stories and this one sounds wondeful

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    1. It's a very imaginative series, Jane! Thanks for dropping by!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to, Becky! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Thank you so much for having me here today. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :) I think I would rather go to Hawaii first and just relax. I would like to see Alaska though, especially the glaciers. Here's a link to the trailer for Victorian Scoundrel, the 1st book in the series. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IUYj2d7ZeY
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    Steph B.

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    1. Oh, I hadn't realized you had answered Mai's question, Stephanie. I do want to see Alaska, I just fear I will never be warm enough, lol. I enjoy this series, especially the different view it gives of Victorian England. Good luck on the tour!

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  5. oooh I can't wait to read this book!!

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt and the review, sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Great post. Thanks for sharing your honest review!

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  8. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  9. This sounds like I need to start at the beginning.

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  10. Thanks for the excerpt and telling us about this story.

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