For Miss Phoebe Lockswell, fashionable London tea parties and balls aren’t her style. Instead, she prefers to tinker tirelessly with a clockwork diffuser she’s built from scratch. If only she can get the invention to work on command, she might earn her way out of an arranged marriage to a repugnant member of the House of Commons. London watchmaker Mortimer Kidd was brought up hard in the arms of an infamous London gang. Despite the respectability he strives for now, the gang leader is blackmailing him. When Mortimer sees Phoebe’s diffuser, he thinks he’s found a way to buy himself out of trouble. The brash Phoebe manages to steal his heart, however, before he can purloin her invention. Will Mortimer’s unsavoury past catch up to him before he convinces Phoebe of his devotion? Worse, once Phoebe learns the truth, will she ever trust him again?
My original review of this book can be found HERE.
Some people listen to enough audiobooks that they can name their favourite narrators the way they can name their favourite authors.
I am definitely not that familiar with narrators, haven’t listened to all that many audiobooks, and and came to Watchmaker’s Heart without any expectations.
Narrator Rachael Beresford has a smooth reading voice and handles the various characters well. The story takes you through different social layers of late Victorian London, which means tackling many different ways of speaking. It’s good to have someone who is familiar with those accents.
I enjoyed listening to Beresford’s take on the characters. If I had to nitpick, I’d have two little issues. Firstly, the word “mischievous” was mispronounced every time (I remember being a kid and learning about that the embarrassing way!). Secondly, there were a couple of places it sounded like there should have been a pause, like a comma was being ignored.
However, these are tiny nitpicks, and not the usual thing audiobook reviews mention!
This was an interesting take on Victorian London, and as that’s my favourite setting, I’m always happy to discover new stories.
Review copy provided by the author.