The Watchmaker's Daughter

The Watchmaker's Daughter

by C.J. Archer


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India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America. A man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

Matthew Glass must find a particular watchmaker, but he won't tell India why any old one won't do. Nor will he tell her what he does back home, and how he can afford to stay in a house in one of London's best streets. So when she reads about an American outlaw known as the Dark Rider arriving in England, she suspects Mr. Glass is the fugitive. When danger comes to their door, she's certain of it. But if she notifies the authorities, she'll find herself unemployed and homeless again - and she will have betrayed the man who saved her life.

With a cast of quirky characters, an intriguing mystery, and a dash of romance, THE WATCHMAKER'S DAUGHTER is the start of a thrilling new historical fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Ministry of Curiosities, Freak House, and Emily Chambers Spirit Medium books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648214694
Publisher: C.J. Archer
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Series: Glass and Steele , #1
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 128,356
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Over 1 MILLION books sold!

C.J. Archer is the USA Today bestselling author of historical fantasy novels including THE EMILY CHAMBERS SPIRIT MEDIUM TRILOGY, the FREAK HOUSE series, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES series and the GLASS AND STEELE books. She has also written historical romances set in Elizabethan England.

C.J. has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, 2 children and Coco the black and white cat.

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The Watchmaker's Daughter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first page The Watchmaker's Daughter grabs your attention and doesn't let go. India Steele is a brilliant, independent, and loyal young woman whose life has fallen apart. Barging into her late father's shop to confront her ex-fiance takes an unexpected turn and India is soon embroiled in an adventure...and a mystery. Matthew Glass is a man on a mission. With the aid of strange companions, he seeks a particular watchmaker. With India's assistance they just may find him. A fast-paced, loud out loud humorous, clean romantic adventure appropriate for ages 11-111. And as I believe all book reviews should include this information, there are 215 pages in this book on my e-reader. I loved the elements of steampunk in this book. The characters were believeable and compelling; I wanted them to triumph! The romantic tension was not overwhelming and definitely added a fun dynamic to the storyline. The minute I finished it I went back to the beginning and read it again. Cannot wait for book two! If you have enjoyed CJ Archer's other books, you are sure to love this one as well. I received an ARC for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost didnt read this book because of one review that said it ended on a major cliffhanger. So not a fan of those. Looking forward to reading the next in this series because I'm invested in the characters and anxious to see what's next for them. This book is a fun mystery with a bit of romance and a little twist of magic thrown in. I'd call it a light read because 1... While it's a joy to read you can put it down without going nuts and simply look forward to getting back to it again. 2... It's a mystery that's minus the ugly parts and has romance without the smutt. Because of these reasons I think this book is a rare gem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, just no ending Good story with no ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad I found this author, I like everything she does and will get the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series already has me hooked. I'm dying for book two. This one ends on the perfect note.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The heroine is smart, plucky & irrepressible despite being thrown out in the streets after her watchmaker father dies. Her story is full of mystery, magic, & danger. It swirls around a broken watch, India's superb skill as a watchmaker, & a handsome man who's life is full of dark secrets but is also capable of kindness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's just the book for me, great storyline, amazing characters, an Awesome cliffhanger. I recommend it!
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While the story kept my interest and the pages turning, the heroine really put me off. When we first meet her, she has been swindled out of her inheritance, kicked out of her boarding house and is penniless. The hero comes along and seeing her difficulties, hires her, pays her a week in advance, feeds her, and then takes her into his home. She immediately plots to turn him in for a reward, based on no evidence except he's an american. This ingratitude and betrayal almost kept me from reading further. It will keep me from reading the next book in the series. That's a shame because the rest of the book was pretty good but a fairly good story doesn't make up for unlikable characters and virtually every female in the book was illogical, flighty, shallow, stupid or in the case of an aunt, senile. What does it say about an author who writes for an audience they have so small regard for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous 25 days ago
cant wait to read the next in the series
Anonymous 29 days ago
It was good and interesting. Also it taught me a lot of things about women. I learned that women can do anything.
Anonymous 3 months ago
You will find yourself engrossed with each page turned. Wanting to get know each character and display of secrets
Anonymous 4 months ago
I found the first book for free in the e-shop and the premise sounded interesting, but I'm always a little reserved with free titles. But this one was great - I identified with India and her story, and there was enough intrigue to keep me going. One star docked for a few typographical errors, but not many at all.I will continue to read the series!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Good read, plently of twists and excitement. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous 5 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed "The Watchmaker's Daughter. I felt it started a little slow, but gave enough interest for me to want to continue to the end. I will try reading some of her other books.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I enjoyed all the characters, they seem very real and I can't wait to learn more about them in the next book.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This was a good read for work and for getting lost in. Im looking forward to reading more in the series
Anonymous 5 months ago
Read it by the pool. Very enjoyable
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Anonymous 6 months ago
You are soon captured into intrigue and mystery with a keen interest to learn more about the journey you are being taken on