In the Parasol Protectorate books, one of my most favorite characters was the unconventional Genevieve Lefoux.
So when a short story was presented about the inventor I was totally on board.
I am a huge fan of Gail Carriger’s books and even though I don’t read a lot of short stories nor have I read any LBGTQ literature, I couldn’t help but want to read about the fascinating character that is Madam Lefoux.
Imogene Hale has just procured a new position at a vampire hive as a parlormaid. Having known for some time that her romantic tendencies run toward women, she is hoping that a position at the vampire hive will help her sort out her feelings.
Madam Lefoux has been a ‘drone’ at the vampire hive for some time now and she likes to pass her time by working on her inventions and keeping her heart as far away from love as it possibly can be.
But when Imogene Hale brings her a tea tray one day, all that changes. It’s clear that both women are interested in each other, but Imogen is so innocent and barely discovering her desires while Madam Lefoux has given her heart freely only to have it broken.
Is is possible for an old, tired inventor and a young, fresh maid to create a lasting love?
I enjoyed this short story much more than I anticipated. I wasn’t sure what to expect having never read any LBGTQ but I found that that had on bearing on a sweet, romantic story. For me, love is love not matter who it’s between so having the main love interests be two females wasn’t distracting for me in the least.
Madam Lefoux, as always, was a well constructed character with genuine feelings evident on each page. She was charming in her ‘rough around the edges, unconventional’ way and I loved her all the more for it.
Imogen was sweet and charming but a little annoying at times…..she mentally struggled to figure out a way to show her feelings for another women but it was clear she never questioned what her preferences were. Something about that combination didn’t work as well as I had hoped.
I guess it would have been one thing if suddenly she developed feelings for this women and it was something entirely new and exciting for her and then questioned what she was feeling. Or if she clearly accepted her nature and then have the focus on expressing love rather than expressing both love and that she was a lesbian.
Though that is a minor personal preference and I wouldn’t say that it made the book any less enjoyable.
Overall this was a romantic, sweet short story that made me excited about new characters (Imogen) and fall in love all over again with old characters (Madam Lefoux and Alexia). I really enjoyed this one!
ebookExpected publication: November 1st 2016 by GAIL CARRIGER LLC
- Review copy provided by: Author/Publisher in exchange for an honest review
This book counts toward: NA
- Hosted by: NA
- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 4 out of 5
Genre: Romance, LGBTQ, short story, steampunk, Gaslight fiction
Memorable lines/quotes: NA