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Lost (Cinderella's Secret Diary #1)

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What happened to Cinderella after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her failed marriage and her inability to have a child. Torn between the Queen's insistence that she try all means necessary to conceive and her own desires, she agrees to travel ...more
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published August 2011
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Meganm922
I really enjoyed this book. While I’m not a huge fan of fairy tales, it’s always intriguing to read new takes on them. And of course, who doesn’t wonder what happens after the “happily ever after” moment? As any married person can tell you, the adventure doesn’t END when you fall in love and get married. It BEGINS.
Vitale’s book was clever and surprisingly original, despite stemming from the familiar fairy tale. Written as a series of letters to her fairy godmother, Cinderella discusses her fear
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Mandy's Review:

I wanted to read this book because I thought it had the potential to go very right or very wrong. We all know the classic tale of Cinderella and how her Fairy Godmother helped her transform for the ball to win the prince's affections, allowing her to escape from the wicked rule of her stepmother and two stepsisters.

But ... what happened afterward? We all want to believe that she and the prince lived happily ever after in their own magical bubble, but that's not usually how life ha
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Kim
Lost was unlike anything I have read before. It tells the story of Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother in a completely new and unexpected way. It is told in diary format and was a creative way to tell the story. Frankly, even though it deviates from the original, I liked it far better. Tons more intrigue, mystery, fantasy, and romance.

The book pulled me and I couldn't put me down. The romance was so well-done and the voice of Cinderella was so perfect that it was hard to remember that it had been
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Jen
We all know the story of Cinderella. But we rarely think about what happens after "and they lived happily ever after." Is it really happy? Well, what happens after the "ever after" is a vague ball of malleable content and Ron Vitale explores what happens "after" in Lost.

To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website:http://jenpaul13.wix.com/makinggoodst....

Twelve years since her mother's untimely death and four years since she met the Prince at the ball, 20 year old Sophia, better known
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Katrina
3 1/2 STARS !!

Cinderella's Secret Diary is ideal for the older who enjoy fantasy, magic and a different spin to a story .. It is cleverly written, giving us a different insight into The story of Cinder and her prince. Maybe not such a happily ever after, and a fairy god mother that portrays a different side.

Ron has woven mystery , romance, betrayal, magic, Fae, and many concepts that you will not see coming. An intriguing storyline, that will hold your interest from page one.





Stephanie Sims
Mar 11, 2015 Stephanie Sims rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults and young adults
Recommended to Stephanie by: Goodreads
Not the Cinderella that I grew up with. All fairy tales are not happily ever after.
This version of our story is told in diary fashion. For me, this holds my attention wanting more. To summarize, Cinderella is a lost child. She is a servant to her stepmother and stepsisters. When her Prince found her she thought that her life had begun. However, we find that the Prince has a wandering eye and only wants an heir. Cinderella is still alone and lost. She craves more from life. She journals to her fa
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Relina Skye
Ron Vitale's "Lost" is Cinderella with a twist. The story starts four years after her wedding to the prince. Written as a series of diary entries from Cinderella's perspective, she is twenty years old and feeling alone in the world. She has one friend, her lady in waiting, and is despised by the queen. The prince's infatuation with her is gone and he has turned his eye to others. Even though Cinderella is normally told as a French fairy tale, this version is that of an English princess. It also ...more
Christina Wise
Lost (Cinderella's Secret Diary, #1) by Ron Vitale,Dan Brown


I liked it.I didn't love it. some parts will have you guessing and on the edge of your seat but others didn't make sense to me. some parts were hard to tell if Cinderella was the one writing in the diary or the fox.it is a book about Cinderella after her marriage to the prince. Its not your happily ever after Disney story that's for sure. There is more books to this series I plan to read the next hopefully its a little easier to follow.
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Malin
We all know the story of Cinderella, right? Stepmother, evil step-sisters, forced to work as a lowly servant, Fairy Godmother, magical shoes and dress, meets the Prince at the ball, falls in insta-love, loses shoe, Prince finds her again thanks to magical shoe only fitting her of all the girls in all the land, and then they live happily ever after. Like that...or possibly not.

What if some years into their marriage, the Prince is more interested in hunting, carousing, flirting with other ladies a
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Tabitha
When a book turns out to be a disappointment it's hard to continue onward, but in an effort to merit being worthy (to myself) of writing a review I continued through the pages. I'm not going to paint a pretty picture here. Instead I'll say straight up that it was really hard to make myself keeping going beyond the 10% marker (as I read the e-book version) yet I did, and it did not get any better. This story had such potential. Generally I enjoy re-tellings of fairy tales, but this one I found hi ...more
Christina Mercer
Cinderella and the Prince marry soon after the ball and live happily ever after. Not! Jump four years ahead to a life where hubby Prince is a womanizer and a drunk, and Cinderella is a big failure in the eyes of Mama Queen for not yet bearing him an heir.

Cinderella yearns for a different life, or at least a vacation from her miserable one. The queen makes her a deal: go to France, enjoy some time away from England, on the condition she meet a witch there to help her conceive an heir for the thro
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David Watson
Ever wonder what happened to Cinderella after she got married? Not all fairy tales have happy endings and things aren’t going well for Cinderella. Its the late 1700′s, Napoleon is raging a war on Europe and Cinderella is about to start a journey of self-discovery as she comes to terms with her failing marriage and inability to have a child.

This is the story behind Cinderella’s Secret Diary Book 1: Lost by Ron Vitale. The story begins with Cinderella writing in her diary asking her fairy godmothe
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A Book Vacation
3.5 stars

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Have you ever wondered what Cinderella’s life was like after the fairy tale version ended with its “happily ever after” catchphrase? Was it truly happy? I mean, really now, Cinderella knew Prince Charming for all of a few hours before they decided to get married. Heavenly bliss? I’ve always wondered, and if you’ve always wondered, then this is the novel for you.

Vitale has written an epistolary novel that gives readers an in-d
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Ron
When I was approached about the chance to review a what-if follow up to the Cinderella fairy tale, I pretty much jumped like a kid who’s been given a ton of candy. Unfortunately, I found a number of issues that prevented this title from living up to my expectations.

The story is a secret diary in its purest sense: it has dated entries, and through them Cinderella tries to reach her Fairy Godmother. The language was cared for and so Cinderella writes in a way reminiscent of the historical period i
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Sue Owen
I enjoyed reading this book. It was well written and put together as if it truly were a Diary. I immediately got into the life of this rather rambunctious post-teen as she recited her life after her marriage to the prince. It felt empathy with her as she struggled to find herself in her new world that was so different than the one she left.

I kept having to remind myself that this was written by a man because he got all the right nuances of what it would be like to be a 20something woman in a man
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Katrina
Clever and certainly a twist in the fairy tale Of Cinderella.. This books gives us insight into her life, the not so happily ever after and the not so wonderfully Handsome prince lol..

An enjoyable read !!


3 1/2 STARS !!

Cinderella's Secret Diary is ideal for all who enjoy fantasy, magic and a different spin to a story .. It is cleverly written, giving us a different insight into The story of Cinder and her prince. Maybe not such a happily ever after, and a fairy god mother that portrays a differe
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Ashley
From my Cannonball Read V review ...

In the past I've read reviews of books and thought 'damn, that was harsh.' And while I maintain that some critics come across as snotty jerks, after reading this book I'm starting to understand that, if forced to read many of similar quality throughout my career, I might start to lose a little bit of my tact despite my best efforts.

As others have mentioned, Cannonball Readers were offered this book (and its sequel - which I will not be reading, because I try t
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Jennifer
First I have to say what a beautiful cover!! Now, on the my review. I will admit that Cinderella was never my favorite Disney movie. I actually liked the little mice that lived in her step-mother's house the best about the whole movie. But hey, I downloaded this book when it was free on Amazon so I figured I really wouldn't be out much but my time if I didn't make that connection. I was kind of on the fence about this one but after reaching the half way mark it really picked up kept me wanting m ...more
Lark
Rarely do I ever fail to finish a book, but after two hours of what seemed like a bad Cinderella version of "A Series of Unfortunate Events", I gave up. Although I don't usually mind sad books, this one dragged on endlessly with a confused plot line. Every time it looks like Cinderella may catch a break, she either does something stupid or falls prey to terrible luck. Disappointing, boring, and depressing. No thank you.
Tori Ridgewood
I wasn’t sure what I expected when I started this book — perhaps some light reading, or humour. Instead, I discovered a powerful reflection on the power of love, betrayal, hope, fear, innocence lost, and magic. I enjoyed the language, though it felt stilted at times, and I was absolutely captivated by the twists in the plot. I will definitely recommend Cinderella’s Secret Diary to my friends. Ron Vitale has written a moving and honest examination of a woman’s heart and power.
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Book Giveaway & Review:
When Ron Vitale approached me about reading and possibly reviewing Cinderella’s Secret Diary: Lost, I was intrigued by the concept. This is the first book in this new series. Being an extremely curious person, I’ve always wanted to know what happens after fairy tales end. “Happily ever after” has a nice ring to it but what really happens? Although this novel works well as a YA fantasy, it is also going to be very appealing to older readers who always wondered about tha
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Lore
though I enjoyed the little twist the book had I did not find this book overly complex and the plot did not seen that well thought out. where the story went was enjoyable and i might read the next two books if I'm looking for a decent read that is quick and not taxing.
Natasha
Okay.. giving this book 2 stars is being generous. I hate giving books low ratings, but this book was terrible. I couldn't wait for this to end and was glad when it finally did. The premise was okay, but could have been better with A LOT of tweaking. Cinderella is a whiny and naive little twit throughout this whole book. It's supposedly set in the 1700s, but certain things don't make any damn sense. It talks about Napoleon who wasn't even around until the LATE 1700s.. it mention him having an af ...more
Artemis Hunt
Don't be fooled by the cover. This is a dark fantasy. I guess I was expecting a chick lit feel, but the story took me by surprise. I usually pride myself on being able to guess twists and turns coming, but I truly didn't see most of the ones in this book. The author's prose is strong and clean, and I found it an easy read that kept me wanting to turn the pages.

My main quibble is with the characters. At times, I found them acting incongruously. Cinderella's relationships with the women in this s
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Sonia
This was a weird book. I can't say that I liked it, but I didn't hate it. Didn't like the author messing with Cinderella, though.
Keri
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this. I am amazed at the twist the plot took. I just finished reading. I am still in shock! I will never be able to look at the story of Cinderella the same way again! I mean that in the best way possible. THIS is the story we should be telling our girls!! I mean it! When and or if I ever have a daughter, this is the version I'm telling her. The moral of the story, the message Ron is telling us...I am just totally grateful for stories like this ...more
Teresa Kaye
Awesome

This book is awesome, I give this book a 5 star rating. I could not put it down. I can't wait to start reading the second book. I told my sister to read it and she is going to read it too.
Jana
Well, it's not Disney. Or Ever After. Or Once Upon A Time. It's definitely creepy and suspenseful. And I enjoyed it, it's just, well, I don't think I've ever read a book where I didn't like ANY of the characters. I mean, I understand they are "flawed", but I was left feeling...disturbed. And maybe that was the point.
Amber
im not really sure about this series. this book was ok but it didnt pull me in making me want to read it til im done lol it took me forever to get through specially since it was so short i just didnt ever want to read it. not sure if ill read the other ones. probably not unless i get them for free...
Debbie
Love the idea of continuing fairy tales after the initial HEA. I found the writing confusing, especially towards the end of the book as it was written in diary form but another character would take over and write some of the entries. The Cinderella in this book was whiny, and I just did not care for her.
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Ron Vitale was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Influenced by the likes of Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, C. S. Lewis, and Philip Pullman, he began writing at an early age, creating short fiction from his early Dungeons & Dragons role-playing sessions.

In the fall of 2008, he published his fantasy novel Dorothea’s Song as an audiobook on Podiobooks and for sale in the Amazon.com Kindle
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