The Watchmaker's Daughter by C. J. Archer
Updated: Apr 28, 2019
This is a historical fiction novel, with mystery and romance. Set in London.
The story begins with the introduction of India Steele, the main character of the story. She has just broken off an engagement and is going to confront her ex-fiancee about stealing her recently deceased father’s watch and repair shop. Only to find out that her father left the shop to her ex-fiancee thinking he would have her run it with him, but he did not.
She then meets this mysterious man by the name of Mr. Glass who is looking for a specific watchmaker, named Chronos, who magically enhances his watch to take away his illness. India is desperate for work so she offers her services to Mr. Glass, taking him to all the watch shops she knew of in London. In turn, Mr. Glass takes India in at his home, with friends of his from America.
When Ms. Steele takes Mr. Glass to meet the mean Mr. Abercrombie, head guilder at the watchmakers guild, the pair begin to ask questions. India’s father was a member and they fought for her to take his place. However, they would not take her, for what she thought at the time was because she was a woman. As she and Mr. Glass go on these visits to each shop, she begins to see that the guild members are scared of her. The pair investigates across London for this watchmaker and as India is constantly mistreated, Mr. Glass defends her beginning to make India question whom she is working for.
She stumbles upon newspaper clippings of an outlaw from America slipping into London and India thinks it is Mr. Glass. He fit the mold perfectly in her head. When she begins to get entangled deeper into the mystery of Mr. Glass, the truth comes out not only about the outlaw, but herself included.
This story opens up a secret world known only to those of specific trades, creating an exciting journey that both Ms. India Steele and Mr. Matthew Glass go on.
I enjoyed this book very much. The way that India transformed in this book as a character was very relatable. She went from fitting into the expectation of a woman who has to fall in line, to a woman who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind then fix her dress after giving a piece of her mind. I truly appreciated the way that Mr. Glass treated her, he was a gentleman. Not living up to the expectation in the story that Americans were wild and did as they pleased. The unusual friends that Mr. Glass has, are very entertaining and each had their own personalities. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a mystery and a strong female character. My only critique about the book would be that I felt the story unraveled a little too close to the end, but it is not something I would get upset about. If you have read this book or have any questions about the book, please leave me your thoughts in the comment section.