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Chronicles of a Gentlewoman is an action-packed thriller series set in an alternate history Victorian steampunk world. Her latest adventure takes Aldora Fiske half-way across the world.Her loveless wedding of convenience approaching, gentlewomanMoreChronicles of a Gentlewoman is an action-packed thriller series set in an alternate history Victorian steampunk world. Her latest adventure takes Aldora Fiske half-way across the world.Her loveless wedding of convenience approaching, gentlewoman Aldora Fiske is among the influential Europeans to accept handsome nobleman Cemal Yavuzade Beys invitation to show off the Young Turks Ottoman Empire and its secularist reforms.After she alone escapes the devious plot to kidnap the foreign guests for leverage against the Great Powers of Europe, shes confronted with an Empire where women are given all the rights and respect of men, and a handsome Turkish nobleman who treats her like an equal. Will Aldora give up her old life and start anew in the Ottoman Empire?Excerpt:The hamams layout was similar to the Turkish baths popular in London. The first room had been dry but very hot, allowing a patron to steam themselves into a fine sweat. The second room was serviced by warm water, where the bathers could cleanse themselves and relax. The third chamber was fed by a cool running stream, and had within it a number of small private relaxation nooks. She didnt see her young ward upon entering.Penelope? Aldora called, passing from alcove to alcove.The cool room — frigidarium to the Romans, lord knew what the Turks called it — was the last stop before leaving, and the girls clothing had been left — cleaned and neatly folded — in the niches. She found her own garments quickly enough, noted Safiyyas in the next niche, but Pennys were nowhere to be found.Had the girl dressed and run off? Should she, Aldora, go after her, not knowing the city, or where this Kalil lived? Pennys father had let his daughter run freely through the great cities of Europe, but Aldora didnt feel comfortable not knowing where her adopted daughter was. Still, if Penny could take care of herself — and Aldora had no reason to believe otherwise — that left her free to stay with Cemal for coffee and the theatre afterwards...Aldoras ruminations were interrupted when strong hands grabbed her from behind, heavy masculine arms wrapping around her torso, a solid forearm across her neck and one across her ribs. She was yanked back, off of her feet, only able to give the tiniest of yelps before the pressure at her throat cut the air from her lungs.Who Is Aldora Fiske?Aldora Fiske is nothing if not proper, but the further she gets from Londons social season the more daring she gets. Ever the gentlewoman, she takes pride in her ability to set things right.