Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventure by Angela Bell

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.4 Llamas


This book was amazing! It was the perfect novel for me! It had adventure, action, romance, mystery and humor!!! It was like if The Nutcracker meet Around the World in 80 Days, and I totally suggest it to ladies 16 and up looking for an engaging adventure!

This book is about Clara, a young women in 1860 who is trying to keep her crazy family safe from her ex-fiance. But when her grandfather disappears in his flying owl machine, Clara is going to have to trust his apprentice, a young man with a mechanical leg hiding from his past. Now both are trying to keep Clara’s family from being declared insane, while going on a scavenger hunt across Europe while escaping Clara’s evil ex-fiance… What could go wrong?!?

This book was soooo wonderfully written! The humor was amazing, the plot line was sooo good and the characters were perfection. I loved the story; the adventure was so fun! And the focus on trusting God with your life and faults was so inspiring and well written. This is such a good read for ladies 16 and up!

Now this book is written for adults. Not that anything is inappropriate it’s just not written for kids. There is mention of fertility and such in a joke, mention of animals loving each other and such. Nothing is gross, it’s just a women who knows a lot about animals talking about it. There is also some violence in the book. Mention of war, blood, losing a leg, guns, cannons and such. As well as mention of insane asylums. Mention of people being chained and treated horrible and mention of death.  Nothing is detailed but it is mentioned a few times.

Overall, this book was spectacular! I just loved it!!!!!!! I definitely suggest this novel to ladies who love a good historical romance filled with adventure and humor! I hope you all have a beautiful day. -The Young Llama Reader.


  • A great read for young ladies 16 and up!
  • Funny, sweet, romantic and adventurous!!
  • Such a good Christian novel!!!


  • Mention of violence and some dark topics.

London, England, 1860
When Clara’s ex-fiancé begins to spread rumors that her family suffers from hereditary insanity, it’s all she can do to protect them from his desperate schemes, society’s prejudice, and a lifetime in an asylum. Then Clara’s Grandfather Drosselmeyer brings on an apprentice with a mechanical leg, and all pretense of normalcy takes wing.

Theodore Kingsley, a shame-chased vagabond haunted by the war, wants a fresh start far from Kingsley Court and the disappointed father who declared him dead. Upon returning to England, Theodore meets clockmaker Drosselmeyer, who hires him as an apprentice, much to Clara’s dismay. When Drosselmeyer spontaneously disappears in his secret flying owl machine, he leaves behind a note for Clara, beseeching her to make her dreams of adventure a reality by joining him on a merry scavenger hunt across Europe. Together, Clara and Theodore set off to follow Drosselmeyer’s trail of clues, but they will have to stay one step ahead of a villain who wants the flying machine for himself–at any cost.

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