Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ether & Elephants by Cindy Spencer Pape [Review]

 Ether & Elephants by Cindy Spencer Pape
Ether & Elephants (Gaslight Chronicles #8) by Cindy Spencer Pape
Format: ebook
Source: provided by Carina Press through NetGalley
Date read: July 5, 2015

Gaslight Chronicles
1. Steam & Sorcery
2. Photographs & Phantoms
3. Kilts & Kraken
4. Moonlight & Mechanicals
5. Cards & Caravans
6. Ashes & Alchemy
7. Dragons & Dirigibles
8. Ether & Elephants - Kindle

Cindy Spencer Pape
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Sir Thomas Devere and Eleanor Hadrian have loved each other most of their lives—but sometimes love doesn't conquer all.

Their chance at happiness was ruined by Tom's hasty marriage to someone else. Heartbroken, Nell left home, finding a new life as a teacher at a school for the blind. But when one of her supernaturally gifted students, Charlie, is kidnapped, Tom reappears and her worlds collide.

Tom claims he hasn't seen his wife since the day of their marriage…yet he fears the missing student could be his son.

The deeper they dig, the more Tom and Nell discover: a deadly alchemist, more missing gifted children and long-suppressed feelings neither of them is ready for. A race on airship across England and India may lead them to answers—including a second chance at love—but only if all of British Society isn't destroyed first.
Thoughts on Ether & Elephants: The end of a series is always so bittersweet. I love that we got to see Tom and Nell FINALLY get their happily ever after, but it's hard to say goodbye to a family that  started out as a ragtag group of street kids and became something so much more than that. *sniff* Goodbye, wacky Hadrian family with your crazy, huge get-togethers and loads of supernatural gifts.

But before we say goodbye, we have to watch Tom and Nell deal with the aftermath of his youthful marriage. Given that these two have been in love FOREVER, his bombshell at the end of the last book was devastating to Nell. For his part, Tom has closed himself off from the family so as not to pain Nell with his presence. In some ways that hurts Nell even more because she does still love him and she doesn't want to see him hurt.

Yes, theirs is a complicated relationship.

Man, their issues weren't pretty. However, the more time they spend together, the more things smooth out between them. Finding out the truth about Tom's wife goes a long way toward making things better. EXCEPT, Nell has come to terms with being alone and she's not willing to risk her heart after Tom destroyed it so thoroughly the last time.

Like I said, theirs is a complicated relationship.

I loved seeing how the various couples we've met through the previous books have expanded their families and are still desperately in love. I enjoyed revisiting old haunts. I... just like this series. And I'm sad to see it end. *waves sadly*

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