When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.
Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.
As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.
I’ve wanted to read this book for awhile now so I was so excited when I got a copy in the mail. I seriously finished this book in two hours non-stop reading (except once to get a snack). I loved reading about the main character Katherine, and her inventor uncle whose land was home to more than six hundred people. The writing was very descriptive and so I could imagine every detail of the manor and Mr. Tulman’s inventions.
I love reading historical fictions and so I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Katherine did get on my nerves sometimes though because of her selfishness. However, by the end of the book I was rooting for her and knew she would make the right choices. Her relationships with the other characters were a bit rocky at first, but developed along with her character. My two favorite characters were Mr. Tulman and Lane (I think everyone can guess why I like the main guy character…).
Overall, I give this book 4.5 stars because it was fun to read and I didn’t want it to end. Here’s hoping for a second book *crosses fingers*