aka The Frazzled Mom
“Golly, Miss Plumtartt, the Earth is getting pummeled with meteorites!”
“I say, if only these projectiles were organically based, Mr. Temperance, I would not be of such a troubled mind, but I fear that the flaming flotsam are revealing themselves to be warcraft from the planet Mars. Their weapons are uncanny and easily defeat the greatest of Terras resources. These invaders wish to strip our beloved planet of her native sovereignty!”
“Holy Red Planet Invaders, Miss Plumtartt, you’re right! I reckon it’s gonna be up to you, me, and this charming cast of characters to save the Earth in this War betwixt the Worlds.”
Ichabod Temperance is a silly little fellow living in picturesque Irondale Alabama, USA, along with his lovely gracious patient and kind muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt and their furry pack family.
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Readers familiar with H.G. Wells may experience some déjà vu when reading For the Love of Temperance. Though not the exact same story, it does seem to have something in common with the well known War of the Worlds, one of my personal favorites. Despite the similarities, such as the tripod alien technology, the aliens originating from Mars, and their similar diet, this story is still a fun read.
For the Love of Temperance is book 3 in the Temperance series. I like the cover. It reminds me of a vintage school book I’d used to have. The paisley blood-red pattern fitting as background for the bloodthirsty aliens from Mars. In fact, each cover is similar in the use of a paisley background, the color changing along with the picture, yet similar in format, which would look nice together as a complete set. The list below includes links to Amazon where you may find more information on the series as well as on each individual book. For the Love of Temperance is close to 230 pages long and would be perfect to bring along on vacation or to read by firelight on a cold and stormy night. 😉 Admittedly, I haven’t read any of the others in the series, but after reading this story, I’m curious to explore the other volumes.
In this story, the two major characters have already met and have developed a friendship bordering on romantic relationship. Ichabod Temperance and Miss Persephone Plumtartt lead a large cast of both humans and animals, to battle and, hopefully, defeat the martians that have invaded Earth. Due to events from previous books in the series, the individuals involved have abilities that were effected, or rather, enhanced by the past event. Ichabod excels in the area of mechanics, Plumtartt in intelligence (and more), Bolt the dog can communicate telepathically, and so on. What I enjoyed was not only the time period with the added steam punk technology, but also to quirky dialogue. Some may like the slow burning romance between Ichabod and Persephone. But don’t misunderstand and think this is a romance novel. There’s only a bit of it sprinkled in here and there, very proper like. Most of it is science fiction and nearly constant action of fighting the aliens!
If you enjoy science fiction, steam punk, or more specifically the stories of authors such as H.G. Wells and Jules Vern, you’ll like this entertaining read. There were a few parts that felt slow to me, but it was nonetheless a good story. I encourage readers to stick with it. You won’t be disappointed. After finishing the novel, one thing stuck in my mind: this would make for a great radio program!