An intriguing novel about a strong-willed character who has a talent for predicting the weather. It’s set in London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries with an emphasis on the Frost Fairs (when the Thames used to freeze over).
The main character, Neva, finds that the only way she can be taken seriously and have the career she wants is to dress as a male alter ego, Eugene. Her adoptive father makes clockwork and automatons; together they invent a machine which seems to predict the weather. But what happens when Neva falls in love? And what problems will her talents cause?
I would describe this book as a mixture of historical, romance and fantasy. I felt that the themes and dialogue were too politically correct and contemporary with our times to make this novel a believable work of historical fiction. It was an unusual read but turned out to be not quite my cup of tea. I’m sure there are many readers who will enjoy it, however.
Thank you to the publisher Head of Zeus for the advance copy via NetGalley. The book will be published on 10th November.