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The Persephone Star

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Postmistress Penelope Moser has recently settled with her father in the Wild West town of Fortuna. Shocked by the violence around her and the depressing lives of the town’s women, she throws herself into her job. She’s determined to make the best of it before she has to marry the odious town sheriff.

But when the Persephone Star is spotted in the territory, danger literally
Published February 10th 2020 by Riptide Publishing (first published January 13th 2016)
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Lex Kent
3.50 Stars. This was a fun read. A little bit of steampunk and the Wild West made this an entertaining read. After a nasty ice storm left me without power for two days, I was very happy that I had a charged Kindle to help with the boredom. This little read was able to keep my mind off reality for a few hours and that was exactly what I was hoping for.

The story is about Penelope, who followed her father out west to cash in on some of the gold rush with his new bank. Penelope is the local
Jamie Sullivan’s The Persephone Star was an okay read, no high flyer but still entertaining. The setting was mostly Wild West, with the Persephone airship as the Steampunk component. Main theme was a gang of wild women, painted as villains by the men in charge, are trying to break out one of their own out of prison before she gets hanged.

There is a lot of male misogyny in this book, keeping true to the time period I guess, but it still irked me that our heroine, Post Mistress Penelope Moser is
Wild, wild western... women? Oh yes, folks! She's the bandita by air ship robbing and pillaging and her crew has just taken hostage a timid librarian- telegraph operator who happens to be more than she seems. I was all in for this female western adventure romance.

The Persephone Star begins with somewhat naive and timid, but sensible and capable postmistress Penelope Moser living her days in a small western town secretly dreading when the wedding with the fiance her banker father chose for her.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lesbian-fiction
I received an ARC of this book from Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.
This was a bit different than my usual genre, but I found the book interesting and easy to get involved in. I found the dichotomy between Penelope's "normal" life and life aboard the dirigible interesting. It's true that men made the rules of polite society then, and didn't care much that they didn't follow the rules themselves. The lack of opportunity for women, the strict roles respectable women were
3.5 stars

Note: this is a re-released edition; The Persephone Star is previously released by (the now-defunct) Less Than Three Press. I don't know whether the story has been re-edited or re-written. Assumed that it is not, if you have bought/read the story that it is probably the same one

Penelope Moser has been living her life as a good girl -- she doesn't object much, even when she is betrothed to a man that she doesn't love. Penelope does her job as postmistress well and keeps her head down.
Let me start off by saying that I found this to be a good read. I also was confused in the beginning about what the Persephone Star was and I often found myself wondering was it accurate. I am a little lazy to look it up. Anyway, I found this to read more like scifi (IMHO).

The story is very interesting. Penelope has traveled with her banker father all over the country and have finally settle in Fortuna. She is engaged to marry the town sheriff and all is going fairly well. Except, it seems she
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
**Big thanks to Riptide Publishing for providing me with an ARC for an honest review!**
3.75* How to describe this book: an F/F sky pirate story set in an Wild West type town? Penelope has followed her father as he moved west from New York, establishing banks in the West. She now works as a postmistress and self-installed librarian. Her father has also agreed to her engagement to the town Sheriff. She lives a life where women are supposed to know their place and allow the men to control their
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute in fiction can go either way. I’ve used it in both negative and positive connotations. But generally it’s something to stay away from…unless, like this book, cute is done just right. So interestingly enough this is a mix of wild west, steampunk and romance (all genres I avoid) that somehow ended up being plenty entertaining. Persephone Star is a ship of outlaws, adorable all female bunch of outlaws with an adorable pint sized leader to (presumably cowboy) boot named Mirage Currier. ...more
Jess Faraday
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just too much fun. A rollicking steampunk adventure with a gentle f/f romance tucked inside. A delightful light read from start to finish.
Normally I am not really into the western time period when it comes to books, but for some reason I did decide to read this one. And it was a nice, fun read about women outlaws in a zeppelin and a woman who is living her life like it's expected in that time. Given away to the sherrif to marry, but Penelope is not a docile woman and misses something in her life. So when the crew of Mirage Currier accidentally kidnaps her, it turns out to be a good thing that shows her that women can choose their ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the story. This is a sweet period romance - a bit steampunk, a bit gold rush western. A young woman is engaged to marry the town sheriff against her will. A young woman ourlaw flying the western territory in a dirigible while trying to find a way to rescue her sister from the gallows. The two meet in an unorthodox manner but quickly change each other for the better. The romance is underscored by the truth of the times - women did ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a fan of fantasy and science-fiction but I won this book and wanted to give it a fair chance. It took me a few pages to understand the setting of the story and with every page I got more and more interested so that I ended up reading the book within 24 hours. It was a fun story and the only thing I wasn't fond of, was the end. It was too sudden and I had wished for an epilogue to know if Penelope, Mell and the others had made it safely away from Fortuna and if they were able to free ...more
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Robin Hood is retold in a historical-cum-steampunk milieu in this entertaining book.

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Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-f
Note: I received an advanced readers' copy of this title from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. What follows is said hones review.

The Persephone Star’s protagonist, Penelope, serves as the Postmistress in the small town of Fortuna, and is engaged to the town’s sheriff, Cullen Wiley. The envy of much of the town, Penelope isn’t exactly thrilled with her life. Sure, she loves her work and tries to keep a small library going in the Post Office (which no one ever uses), she doesn’t look
Elisa Rolle
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Persephone Star by Jamie Sullivan
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
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a quick read which spiked my interest and made me want more. I only hold two complaints about this short. The first would be that there wasn’t much in the way of romance in any form, some type of connection between the characters. While it is labeled as a F/F read I didn’t really see much of a need for it to be (Outside of a drunken kiss I can’t remember a single scene which would make me believe this to be a Lesbian Fiction story.). The second is simply that it is so short! There was a ...more
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