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The Lady in the Coppergate Tower

(Steampunk Proper Romance #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,124 ratings  ·  278 reviews
Hazel Hughes has spent her life believing she is a Medium—someone who can talk to ghosts. But as of yet, that skill has remained frustratingly elusive. She is also suffering from a reoccurring childhood dream of someone who looks almost exactly like Hazel, but this dream version of herself is slowly going mad.

Sam MacInnes is a talented surgeon who runs in the highest soci
Paperback, 355 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Shadow Mountain
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Jen For the most part they are standalone tales, but follow each other chronologically- and all fall within the same world. If you read them out of order,…moreFor the most part they are standalone tales, but follow each other chronologically- and all fall within the same world. If you read them out of order, you'll be treated to references (and spoilery bits of info) from the other titles. So far, all the main characters are good friends / relations of the previous main characters... it's a pretty tight group and there is a fair amount of overlap. It's my opinion that you will find the overarching storyline to be more rich if you enjoy them in order!(less)

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Julie Carpenter
Ok, the very first thing I have to say about this book is...Eugene! I've decided that I need a Eugene in my life. Now I have you wondering who Eugene is don't I? *smirks* Eugene is the best. Perfect timing, every time. Humorous, efficient, friendly, a little oblivious, understands sarcasm, impeccable taste in clothing, smart, loyal (to a fault), and a very humble (hmmmmm maybe not very but a little bit) automaton. I love Eugene! He just made me so happy. I giggled every time he was in a scene. H ...more
Katie W
I've always loved fairy tales and the twists that Nancy Campbell Allen adds to them are phenomenal! Rapunzel, Steampunk style, had me on the edge of my seat. In fact, I couldn't put it down and read it all in one day.

Hazel is a healer, of sorts, and assists a cutting edge surgeon, Sam, with his work. I loved those medical aspects, as they really showed the teamwork and foundation necessary for a solid relationship. When Hazel leaves with her uncle to go find her sister, Sam and his automaton (bo
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
The author does a wonderful job drawing the reader into the world of fantasy fairy-tale retelling and steampunk with realistically grounded characters and a mystery to solve. Unrequited love that is secretly not unrequited is one of my favorite tropes and I really enjoyed the developing romance between Hazel and Sam with the tension that holds them back all the while falling more in love with each other. There is a darkness to the suspense as they follow the dubious Romanian uncle to Hazel's sis ...more
Kathy Jo
It's official! I'm a lover of Nancy Campbell Allen's steampunk romances! What do I love about them? I love that they're different than everything else that's flooding the market these days. I love that they're fairy tale retellings with her own unique twist thrown in. I love that she has me guessing until the very end about what will happen. I love knowing that once I start the book, I will be whisked away to a magical place that will hold me hostage until the very end. If you haven't guessed ye ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Smiling! I am smiling as I finish this book. I love a book that satisfies my desire for a good story. This book had characters that I couldn't help but like. It had mystery, conflict, and romance.

Hazel grew up thinking that she was an only child. She is smart, inquisitive, and proficient at her job. She is a healer working with Dr. Sam MacInnes. She has admired him for a long time and is pleased when he offers to accompany her on a journey to find the sister that she just found out she had. Her
Jammin Jenny
I really liked this steampunk romance set in London and Romania. The characters were really well developed, and I loved the romance between Sam and Hazel. The uncle was really eerie and eccentric. I also loved the automaton Eugene and his sarcastic humor.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read the other two previous books in this series and felt it helped understand the characters and the world.
That said, it can be read as a standalone, especially if the reader is used to steampunk/dieselpunk fiction.

This story is a mashup of more than one fairy tale, as well as some vampire lore and even a Jules Vernes flair in the mode of transportation. The worldbuilding continues setting itself apart, just as the previous novels, and this series would make an excellent one for TV or
Laura • lauralovestoread

I read this to get a taste of steam punk and it was an enjoyable read. Definitely different from my typical genre, but it was good to read this book that was part historical fiction and part futuristic dystopian.

I wish that I had read the other two previous books before reading, so that I could grasp the characters but it does read as a stand-alone book also.

Thank you netgalley for this free digital copy. All thoughts are my own
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's steampunk romances! This book is full of fascinating fantastic characters, exciting twists, and a lovely romance. And Rapunzel and steampunk are a great mix. This book also offers a wonderful mystery to solve and there were moments that made me smile, Eugene especially. Another beautiful story. I loved it.

Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I love Nancy Campbell Allen's steampunk fairy tale retellings. Each book is a standalone, but the characters from the previous two books are talked about or make an appearance in this one. If this is your first book I think you'd be fine because I have a terrible memory and tend to forget characters, but I didn't get confused.

Hazel and Sam make a great couple, and it's not because she has a gift of healing and he's a surgeon. They work well together and they have that "something" people call che
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Mmmm... I liked it like I did the first book in the series.

Hazel was a nice person, but her actions were often questionable. She didn't talk with Sam and she kept doing things she promised not to do a few hours ago...

Sam, on the other hand, was too smitten to react as he should with Hazel...

But still the story was inetersting.
Jessica | Booked J
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review also found here in participation of the blog tour.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for participating in the blog tour/my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Retellings can always be a bit of a mixed bag. Especially retellings that bend genres. I think that my personal favourites, when it comes to re imaginings, are the ones that full on embrace new tropes or genre typ
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I think the thing I like most about this book and the others in this series is that it feels different to me. When I start reading, I know I will get a story that isn't like all the others. The light steampunk feel is fun and I love the creativity is allows the author to build up a world unlike the one I know. While this book is based on Rapunzel, it really doesn't feel that way at all, which also makes me happy.

This book has mystery, danger and a growing intensity that I really felt. The darkn
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The lady in the Coppergate Tower is about a young woman named Hazel who must travel to Romania with her mysterious long lost uncle to help save the twin sister she never knew she had. She is accompanied on this journey by her friend and Employer Sam who she secretly adores (he secretly adores her as well of course) as Sam is suspicions of her uncle's intentions...

This was an entertaining mixture of steampunk, horror, romance and mystery and I really enjoyed it. The world building was OK but the
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love anything Allen writes. She has never written a book that hasn't captured me and pulled me in. This is not my favorite of this series but I still liked it a lot. It was a good addition. This is the story of Hazel, a very smart Dr. assistant. We first meet her in B&B, she is attacked by a vampire and taken care of by Dr. Sam MacInnes. This book stars a year latter and they are now colleges. Hazel is feeling off, she does random dangerous things and has dreams of looking at herself but it's ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allen brought together interesting characters; some quite sinister. Hazel Hughes can not figure out why her dreams picture herself going mad! Hazel works for a physician Sam Macinnes. Because this is set in a time where matches are made by social position; Sam and Hazel have overlooked their attraction to one another. Actually I say that but there are robotic aspects involved that possess unique personalities. The journey to Coppergate Tower is what makes the book move along so well. "A copy of ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anytime there’s a new Proper Romance out, you can bet I’m going to read it. And even more so these Steampunk romances by Nancy Campbell Allen, I LOVE them! This one is amazing. It’s based on the Rapunzel story. I loved the way the author took this fairy tale and added Steampunk elements.

This one features Hazel and Sam. Hazel is Sam’s medical assistant. She seems to have a special ability to heal those she comes in contact with. That makes her a perfect assistant for Sam. But because he is her bo
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was another winner in Allen's fascinating steampunk twisted fairy tales. I've read all of them so far and was happy to see mention of other familiar characters. This book can be read as a stand alone but it's fun to see how connections keep building in Allen's world.
Hazel Hughes has an interesting set of abilities that she doesn't quite understand. She works with the gorgeous doctor Sam MacInnes and each day tries to talk herself out of a growing attraction.
When Hazel is invited to Rom
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
I listened to the first two of these books and thought they were both okay. The steampunk is fun and different. I do enjoy the fantastical even though I do not often choose it. I didn't love the narrator for those, maybe a little too breathy, and I hoped that if I read the book I would enjoy it more, but was a little disappointed.

I don't know exactly what it is about this book that fell flat for me. I did enjoy the mystery and the steampunk. I liked both the main characters. I really l
Donna Weaver
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hazel Hughes has spent her life believing she is a Medium—someone who can talk to ghosts. She is also suffering from a reoccurring childhood dream of someone who looks almost exactly like Hazel, but this dream version of herself is slowly going mad.

Sam MacInnes is a talented surgeon who runs in the highest social circles thanks to his family’s position.

A mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the truth about her past: she was abducted at birth and her twin sister
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I loved "The Lady in the Coppergate Tower." The Vlad the Impaler reference really lifted this to five stars for me. Once Count Petrescu was introduced, I was hooked. I didn't know what he wanted with Hazel. I kept trying to guess, but I had no clue what he wanted her for. When that is revealed, the word "maddening" is the correct word to explain it.

Being new to the steampunk universe, I have to say that Nancy Campbell Allen did a marve
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grab a blanket and get comfortable because this steampunk romance will keep your attention for quite some time! It is part of a series, and would probably make much more sense if read in order but it doesn’t have to be.

I have truly enjoyed each of the books in this steampunk fairytale series. Due to the fairytale quality of each story I always go into each book thinking I know what will happen, and the author never fails to throw twists and surprises into the plot. This retelling of Rapunzel ha
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads, arc-copy
Nancy Campbell Allen has done it again with an exciting new Rapunzel steampunk re-telling that includes a bit of mystery, suspense, paranormal, and romance. This story will have readers on the edge of their seats with the various unexpected twists and turns. Readers will have a hard time putting down this delightful and thrilling page-turning story. Campbell does an excellent job in combining steampunk and fairytale in a story where readers will be captivated and wanting more even after the turn ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk, romance
It's sad when I was way more interested in a side character's exploits than in the hero or heroine. I found myself hoping that Eugene was going to be a romantic lead or something because I just was not into Sam and Hazel and no amount of trying helped. I think it's because I found the plot very stagnant until they actually got to Romania, and then the plot was WILD. Hazel and Sam were both hopelessly naive and the plot with the resurrection just absolutely lost me.

I think that more established f
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a book in which the romance is (for my taste) done well, the adventure aspects done OK, and the mystery and setting done badly.

First, the best part. This is a "clean" romance; nothing steamier than a kiss, and yet the kisses manage to be more powerful than some romance writers' descriptions of sex. The man is a decent fellow; he may be intelligent, wealthy, and from a prominent family, but he's also kind (genuinely kind, not just we're-told-he's-kind-but-shown-he's-selfish), has respect
4.5 stars
Okay, let’s start this review by appreciating this cover. I love this cover and every cover in this amazing series! They are vintage, have an air of romance, and the color schemes are always pleasing. Although as much as I love the covers, it is the content that keeps me coming back book after book! The Lady in the Coppergate Tower is a steampunk twist on the classic fairytale of Rapunzel. In addition to a creative science fiction story that has a paranormal element, there is also a friends-to-l ...more
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean; Steampunk; series, but stand alone read
Gorgeous detailed period steam-punk novel, the third in this series, that is a stand alone read, but features cameos from the other characters in the prior novels. First, love the cover! Hazel and Sam's story is a wonderful addition to this series. As Hazel travels to Romania to help her long-lost sister after meeting her Uncle, finding out she is from nobility, so many things are suspicious, uncertain, and dangerous. She starts questioning
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mysterious. Romantic. Amazing. I loved it! Full review to come.

And here it is:

I never thought I would love steampunk, but Ms. Allen has intertwined Victorian era romance and mystery with wonderful imaginative gadgets and 'tons. This one also has a Dracula-esque feel to it as well with the mysterious Count Petrescu on the scene to reveal some dark secrets to our heroine Hazel. Luckily, Sam is willing to help Hazel unravel her past, though there are a lot of twists and turns on the journey!

I thoug
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a Steampunk fan, but I've given this series a good go, because the first book was so fantastic, the genre mattered little. As far as writing goes the author does a fine job of creating realistic and empathetic characters. Both Sam & Hazel feel genuine and are so good for each other and the world. They find themselves on the journey to Romania, that takes up the majority of the book. At this point it's gets a little long and tedious. We are told the ship can travel at a fast speed, yet they a ...more
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