“I was very much looking forward to reading this book, but only a few pages in I began to think that it wasn’t written very well. I have read enough historical romances to know that this one wasn’t the norm. Some of the language used wasn’t current to the time period (which wasn’t mentioned, which I also thought odd). So I stopped and read the ‘Historical Note’ at the end of the novel, where the author explains that she took liberties on the language and such.
So I decided to read the novel not trying to pick it apart, but read it as it was meant to be. A wonderfully funny, romantic take on one of my favorite fairy tales, Cinderella.
This was a wonderful re-telling of the classic fairy tale. It has all the elements, a dark and handsome price, a poor mistreated princess-to-be, a wicked stepmother, a not-so-wicked stepsister, and even a godmother, though not of the fairy variety.
I loved the characters in this book, even the animals took on lives and personalities of their own. Kate made a fantastic Cinderella and Gabriel was the perfect Prince Charming. My favorite characters were Henry (or Henrietta, but don’t call her that), Kate’s Godmother and Leo, Henry’s every loving, mostly tipsy husband.
I fell in love with this story, and very much look forward to reading more by this wonderful author.
~*~Sarah~*~ wrote this review Wednesday, April 13, 2011.