Title: The Carousel of the Margravine of Blois
Author: Megan Arkenberg
In: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Ghosts, Romance, Steampunk
Dates read: 29th January 2019
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: “I trust your tastes are not so common, M’sieur Saint-Pierre.”
M’sieur Saint-Pierre is in a house that is haunted, but he’s not quite sure who is doing the haunting here…
I’ve never had the soul wrenching experience of losing someone who I dearly love. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve lost grandparents and in-laws. But I’ve not lost my partner, I’ve not lost the person I love most in all of the world. And I honestly can’t even begin to fathom what kind of pain that is. So a beautiful little story about two people struggling with that loss and trying to find a way to move on.
Love can be haunting, and so it kind of seemed fitting that this was a bit of a steampunk ghost story. Or at least, it was a tale of hunting for ghosts, and mostly finding them. And then realising that the best way to live is to put the spirits to rest and move on. For both of them.
I found this short story kind of nostalgic and sweet. But it also had a beautiful sense of hope for the future. One that left me with a nice, warm feeling in the pit of my stomach.
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