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1) A lovely Wild-West-Steampunk that had a strong historical feel to it. It certainly portrayed women's situation in the "territories" in a very convincing, authentic and immediate way. Penelop in particular - at the beginning of the story she is dimly aware that the life she seems destined for is not the one she wants, but she is trapped by society and conventions, and not just physically, but mentally as well: She can't even think of another way to live than marry the man her father chose. Then she is kidnapped by the "hardened criminals" of the aircraft "Persephone Star". I quite enjoyed the conversion of the kidnapping trope: Taken hostage, Penelope is treated with more respect and kindness - not to forget a complete lack of violence - than she ever received from her father or fiancé. And when, in standard romance fare, the kidnapper kisses the heroine, and the heroine says no - that hardened criminal respects her wishes. Finally, lovely use of the setting: On board the aircraft Penelope's horizon widens, both literally and figuratively, and she grows from the trapped and obedient little girl into a woman who knows what she wants - and acts on it.

2) A delicious little steampunk tale with a gentle self-discovery story tucked inside. Excellent characters and a rollicking adventure to boot. Fantastic.

The Persephone Star by Jamie Sullivan
Lesbian Fantasy Romance
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (January 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620046970
ISBN-13: 978-1620046975
Amazon: The Persephone Star
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As Post Mistress of Fortuna, Penelope Moser knows just about everything about everyone. It's a job she takes seriously, no matter who comes to pry for gossip, or how unsettling the messages are—but even she is more than a little frightened by rumors that The Persephone Star has been spotted nearby. That means Mirage Currier is out of prison and coming to settle up with the man who put her in jail: Cullen Wiley, Sheriff of Fortuna and Penelope's fiancé. The worst comes to pass when Penelope is kidnapped—or so she thinks. But the simple truth she thought she knew starts to unravel, leaving her to choose between the man she promised to marry or the woman destined for the gallows.

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