As some of you know- I tend to get off track. And the flower tattoo, okay, I was confused as to why they both had it, and it turns out there was no big mystery, just that Zane was a drunk idiot one night and got the same tattoo as the girl next to him. And see if there is any mention of Zane, Indigo and the kids.
View all 4 comments. Miss Indigo de Vargas, a young gentlewoman of aristocratic Spanish lineage, lives on the Cornish coast in the 19th century, as the Crystal Palace exhition approaches. She runs a futuristic holiday resort fuelled by the inventions of her late father, a scientific genius indeed. That her late father was a man of the future is evident given the fact that he reportedly expired on a mission to the twenty first century. However, it is quite clear that the gentleman would have done well to have paid le Miss Indigo de Vargas, a young gentlewoman of aristocratic Spanish lineage, lives on the Cornish coast in the 19th century, as the Crystal Palace exhition approaches.
However, it is quite clear that the gentleman would have done well to have paid less attention to his scientific inventions and a little more to his daughter's moral formation. The young woman's behaviour is simply scandalous. Rumour has it that she has taken more than one lover to her bed and that she tires of gentleman easily. She exhibits some overtly masculine traits which belie her feminine appearance - she tends to take the lead in her relationships with gentlemen.
This is way too scandalous Oh, enough, enough. That's my Victorian alter ego, Miss Mariah Perryman taking over. She's a bit of a prude, don't mind her at all. The Victorians did throw a bit of a blanket over the excesses of ages past.
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No doubt, Indigo's throroughly liberated. She was, I believe, full of inventive spirit and that can't exist in a straitjacket, moral or otherwise. This book was my introduction to the steampunk genre and I was impressed. Steampunk, is a sub-genre of historical, firmly set in the age of steam complete with the inventive, pioneering spirit of that age. Indigo takes time travel in her stride. Not to mention ray guns and shape shifters.
She just hops into her rattling contraption of a time machine, cogs awhirl, brass fittings notwithstanding and off she goes. She's just as much at home in jeans and a tee shirt as she is in a corset and a bustier. A delightfully humorous read, innovative and memorable. Highly recommended. I've not happened upon many steampunk stories in general, let alone steampunk romance, but Annie Seaton does an impressive job with the description of the world she has created.
Indigo DeVargas is an entrepreneur with a special knowledge of the passion flower. Using parts of this plant, she creates not only cosmetics, but medicine with amazing healing properties. Unfortunately for her, experimentation is outlawed and she faces the risk of being arrested and shut down before she can show off her I've not happened upon many steampunk stories in general, let alone steampunk romance, but Annie Seaton does an impressive job with the description of the world she has created.
Unfortunately for her, experimentation is outlawed and she faces the risk of being arrested and shut down before she can show off her products at the World's Fair. When her last shipment was lost, Indigo hires Captain Dogooder to pilot her ship on a voyage to find more passion flowers so she can still compete at the faire. With a jealous Lord Lorca following her and trying to destroy her empire, Indigo has to be quick. In the end, the day is saved by the lady rescuing her beau from the clutches of evil and still delivering their shipment on time for the faire.
The downside, for me, of this story is the typical "strong female lead" who comes off as a bitch without a reason. I thing it's just because I've read one too many "strong female" stories lately. Outside of that one flaw, the story flows naturally, the male lead isn't a complete rake and they end up developing a relationship that doesn't seem forced. Steampunk and rayguns shapechangers, OH MY! Feb 22, Alana Woods rated it really liked it.
This one threw me in the opening chapter. I thought I was reading a Victorian period piece when all of a sudden a submarine put in an appearance. There were submarines back then? The language was suitable for the period but not overdone, adding to the atmospherics. Overall it was a good read that I wanted to finish in the one sitting. This was one heck of a book, it was time travel meets romance meets science meets action!
Indigo de Vargas is determined to exhibit her products at the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace,but she does not count on evil and mean evil of the worst kind,stopping her in her path. She also does not count on coming across the reformed Cornish Pirate that could be her savior. I love reformed characters and boy oh boy did the author give us one very delicious one. I loved how the author gave really incre This was one heck of a book, it was time travel meets romance meets science meets action!
I loved how the author gave really incredibly vivid descriptions of the scenes ,the clothing the setting and the characters I mean she really did not leave me trying to come up with the image in my head which I totally loved! I could find myself actually being there and seeing the scenes play out in front of me.
This was my first Annie Seaton novel and I am looking forward to lots more. I tell you now you will never expect the twits in this one, and a reformed man to me will never be the same again. A ridiculously improbable fun romp that delightfully skewers the hypocrisies and injustices of today by satirising them in a Victorian setting.
The heroine is an adventuress, a scientist, explorer and social activist. The hero has to be something special to match her — and he is! A reformed — or is he? Fabulous inventions populate this steampunk world. Be seduced by the passion flower — visit today! An entertaining novella that meshes time travel, romance and danger with preparations for the Great Exhibition of I'd like to take Captain Dogooder home with me, tattoo and all.
And Indigo is a feisty, independent woman ahead of her time, with a wonderful social conscience that is matched by her heroic captain. View 1 comment. Aug 06, Literary Chanteuse rated it liked it Shelves: steampunk. Nov 21, Novels On The Run rated it liked it. My word there is a lot going on in this 70 page novella.
I am a great lover of Steampunk and have read quite a few books in this genre. Annie gives us steampunk gadgets a plenty, a time travelling submarine, ray guns, inept henchmen and shapeshifters.
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Maybe I time travelled in. Indigo de Vargas is a character I did not really connect with. She is supposed to be a strong willed woman, but I felt like she was too brazen and too moody, without provocation, sometimes. She uses her Biomes to camouflage her true business. I did like the idea of Biomes. They simulate various warm climates. She has an entertainment Biome and a beach Biome. They sound very cool. Captain Dogooder aka Zane Thoreau arrives on her doorstep, sporting a Cornish accent and assuming the role of her new captain.
Her old vessel and crew came into a spot of trouble. He has a crazy suspension bridge he likes to taunt his visitors with Indigo knows how to make an entrance and won't let a suspension bridge stop her. Indigo wants none of the Dukes marriage proposal, she wants her Passion flower blooms and nothing will stop her, she has discovered they have healing properties, and she is going to get them and keep her place at the Great Exhibition. Annie has a very colourful imagination.
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I would have liked Zane to have been a stronger male lead. Indigo was just too strong a female lead that tended to act too aggressively, in my opinion only. Not saying I am right. I think there was maybe too much going on in this small novella. If this book was normal length and the time spent on the character and villain development then I would have connected with the story better.
Annie can certainly write, it was just a lot to absorb in 70 pages and the connection for me personally was not strong. I thought there may have been a bit more of a mysterious reason for the same tattoos Indigo and Zane sported This is a light, kind of cheesy in parts story. I did enjoy the steampunk aspect, I just needed time spent with the characters and story development. A big story was written into a novella sized read.
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Dec 22, Michelle novelsontherun rated it liked it. Steampunk novels are often set in London, but this one is located in Cornwall and provides a welcome change to the genre. Indigo de Vargas is an unusual woman in the Victorian era. She not only rules her own household but also runs her own business, inherited from her father. When Captain Doogooder, also known as Zane Thoreau, arrives on her doorstep she is at first suspicious, but enlists him in her efforts to collect the necessary ingredients for her exhibit at the Great Exhibition being held by Prince Albert.
They are drawn to one another, but both have secrets that must be revealed before they can give in to their feelings. I love the way the author wove Cornwall into her story.
The biospheres reminded me of the Eden Project in Cornwall, while the introduction of a few words of the Cornish language showed the author knew her location, or had researched it well. Both characters were strong and Indigo in particular was very much an individual who bowed to no one. She places herself against the government and her nearest neighbor, and those who are close to her follow her lead because they love her.
Her servants, her submarine crew and eventually Zane Thoreau - all fall under her spell. Zane, who is in the mode of the open shirt, tanned chest adventurer, originally comes to spy on Indigo, but I believe he changed his mind before he arrived on her doorstep. Once he saw her all was lost as his emotions took over.
Although short, this is a wonderful book full of richness of scenery, characters and romance. At the end of the book it mentions this is the first of a series of several books. I suggest you read this one quick before the next one comes out. Jan 19, Monique rated it really liked it. It was a bad idea, because this novella had me completely hooked to the genre. While reading this novella, I was utterly awed because the amount of research that must have gone into this work or art bowled me over. The stuff that Annie writes in this book is so awesome.
Holiday biomes, time travelling a strong and wilful female character and a very swoon worthy male man. Mystery, intrigue and all the steam-powered thingamajigs made a brilliant combination. Jun 13, Tom Pintong rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads. I got this book as an advance copy from Goodreads First Reads program. The author was also kind enough to personalize the copy of the book, which is always nice. It's a fast read, I read it in one sitting. The novella revolves around Indigo, who wants to display her wares in the main spot at the Great Exhibition, the bad guy Duke Lorca who wants the spot himself to display his products, and the mysterious Zane, who seems to want to assist Indigo in her efforts, but may have a few secrets of his o I got this book as an advance copy from Goodreads First Reads program.
The novella revolves around Indigo, who wants to display her wares in the main spot at the Great Exhibition, the bad guy Duke Lorca who wants the spot himself to display his products, and the mysterious Zane, who seems to want to assist Indigo in her efforts, but may have a few secrets of his own.
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I would have liked to know more about the time period and a little history of this alternate world, as well as more descriptions of the the actual "science. Maybe that will be in the next installment of the series, which I look forward to reading. I have a love and hate relationship with Steampunk novels — I have only read and enjoyed a few and I am glad I read Winter of the Passion Flower because it was a very enjoyable read. Granted that it is short, Winter of the Passion Flower will give you the right dose of steampunk, romance, action and a few steamy moments at the right moment.
Seaton gave us a delicious read with this one. What I also love is tha I have a love and hate relationship with Steampunk novels — I have only read and enjoyed a few and I am glad I read Winter of the Passion Flower because it was a very enjoyable read. What I also love is that Seaton gave us very descriptive details in events, the characters as well as the world they are in. Definitely recommended! Jan 14, Demelza Carlton rated it it was amazing Shelves: scifi , science-fiction , steampunk. A sweet steampunk story with plenty of steamy romance - and I'm not just referring to the technology in the book, either.
This was a fun, light read with a cohesive plot and consistent characters - always a plus. I love the concept of the biome holiday resorts Indigo runs - though I shudder to think how energy intensive maintaining them would be. Indigo was a prickly little character, with a very strange sense of fashion, but she sort of grew on me as the story progressed - or perhaps that was be A sweet steampunk story with plenty of steamy romance - and I'm not just referring to the technology in the book, either. Indigo was a prickly little character, with a very strange sense of fashion, but she sort of grew on me as the story progressed - or perhaps that was because Zane liked her so much.
As for Zane himself If you like steampunk or Victorian romance - definitely worth your time. Now I'm on to the next book in the series Jan 28, Rosemary K rated it it was amazing. This novella is a fast paced wild ride. I enjoy the mixture of steam punk, time travel and the paranormal.
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Indigo de Vargas is an independent and compelling character. He is a mystery but underneath he is a strong, honest man. The sexual tension between these two is very satisfying. They work well together. Can they outwit their adversaries? I felt that the settings compliment this story.
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