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Saturday, February 6, 2021

The Watchmakers Daughter by C J Archer

India Steele has been cheated out of her birthright by her fiancee. A watchmaker herself she was not allowed to join the guilt of watchmakers being a female, so her father willed his shop and business to her fiancee believing he would support and look after his only child. On the day of his funeral, Eddie threw India out of her home and changed the shop name. Knowing she was destitute India was determined to find a way out of her predicament and since the only thing she knew was watches and clocks she sort a livelihood in this sphere. Meeting Matt Glass and his peculiar American entourage did not actually help India but he sought her help and paid her well with board and lodging as well to help him find a old watchmaker who could repair a very particular kind of watch. Both the watch and Matt had an odd relationship and Matt was dependent for his life on the workings of the watch which had now begun to wind down. If the watch died, Matt would die and hence the urgency of finding Chronos the original watch repairer. When India reads about an outlaw with a two thousand reward on his head, she is convinced that Matt is the outlaw and thinks that she could earn this money which will be an answer to her problems, but before that Matt is arrested and she knows that without the watch he will die in prison. The story follows on with a happy ending but with elements of magic, romance, mystery and a background of gambling and life in London during the Victorian era provided a lot of entertaining reading. Again a free download from Amazon.


  1. I like Victorian era stories, I'll have to see whether this Amazon one is free in the US as well.

  2. I love the sound of this! A bit of mystery and magic set in Victorian London. I will have to add this to my wish list. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!