The Lady in the Coppergate Tower



Hazel Hughes believes there is nothing remarkable about her, not even her strange ability to heal the sick and injured. Her employer, Doctor Sam MacInnes recognizes her special talent, but because of the difference in their social status, he can't tell her how much he admires her. When a mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the existence a twin sister, she agrees to accompany him to the wilds of Romania, where she learns that her healing skills are needed to save her twin's life. Worried for her safety, Sam insists on traveling with her.

Faced with dark magic, malfunctioning automatons, and dangerous magical artifacts, Hazel and Sam learn to rely on each other as they untangle a deadly web of mystery surrounding the count and search for a way to free Hazel's sister from the cursed walls of the Coppergate Tower before time runs out on all of them.

Product Details

$15.99  $14.71
Shadow Mountain
Publish Date
August 06, 2019
5.4 X 1.0 X 8.4 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of fifteen novels, including Beauty and the Clockwork Beast and Kiss of the Spindle. She has been a speaker at numerous writing conferences and events. She has a degree in elementary education and is the mother of three children.


"Allen's third visit to her lightly supernatural, steampunk fairy tale world is a clever riff on the 'Rapunzel' story that blends exotic undersea travel with a dark mystery and a glee-inducing, respect-first romance between awkward colleagues. The setting seamlessly merges mechanization and magic with Victorian concerns. Allen's comedic writing peaks in Sam's sarcastic automaton butler, Eugene, playing on the tropes of both the overmeticulous British servant and the hypercompetent android. Though the novel stands alone perfectly, series fans will appreciate cameos by the strong heroines of the earlier installments. Readers who love witty adventure-romances between competent, mutually reliant equals will gobble this one up."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A fantasy-laden Victorian era tale whose fascinating world is filled with drama and adventure. The adventure aspects of the tale are engaging and tense. An entertaining romance set in interesting lands."--Foreword Reviews
"Allen creates a fun and fantastical world to visit."--BookPage (08/01/2019)
"An unapologetically feisty heroine...What's simply delightful here is the steampunk world Ms. Allen has created! I didn't want to leave it, and more notably I wanted to hang out longer with Eugene, Dr. Sam's saucy automaton, 'who' blurs the lines between human and non. The story is firmly rooted in this fantastical world of mechanical horses and telescribers and ray guns, and most deservedly belongs in the series named Proper Romance."--Historical Novel Society
"Allen pens another clever steampunk tale of romantic suspense, this time creating a twist on the story of Rapunzel. Hazel and Sam's sweet courtship is often hilariously interrupted by his sarcastic automaton, and every scene and room on the ship holds deftly crafted surprises as Allen spins a sparkling overlay of romance and humor. The steampunk and fairytale elements make for added fun as Allen continues her excellent, uniquely delightful Steampunk Proper Romance series, following Kiss of the Spindle and Beauty and the Clockwork Beast."-- (08/12/2019)
"A deftly scripted steampunk romantic action/adventure fiction retelling of Rapunzel that is set in Victorian England then moves on to the haunted lands of Romania, An extraordinary and entertaining read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended."--Midwest Book Review