The first book of the series by J.K. Accinni is a medium length science fiction work mainly set in the early twentieth century where is also accomplishes the telling of a piece of historical fiction. Nettie is the protagonist mainly and she is wedded, just short of sold, out of poverty at the age of seventeen to a forty plus robber baron lawyer. Abuse and torture seem to be the basis for this marriage that she escapes.
Not wanting to give away spoilers she meets an alien, though she doesn’t make that leap, and her fortunes change for long enough to enjoy some life. This tale is well engineered and lays the ground work for the sequel which according to the synopsis is set in the twenty-first century.
Alien encounter stories in present or past history are difficult to pull off due to the author having to get their research for the scene to a robust level that will have the potentially ‘know more’ audience able to enjoy the story. I’m going to go with J.K. pulled it off. Excellent job, especially with painting the scenes regarding prohibition.