When Prince Anthony spies Eleanoria Woodston outside her family home dressed as a servant, he knows something is amiss. Pretending to be John, his cousin’s outrider, he decides to take matters into his own hands and figure out why Ella hasn’t been seen at court. And more importantly why the daughter of one of the wealthiest fam ...more
Not the best Cinderella retelling I've ever read, though certainly not not the worst. There was more kissing than I like, but I enjoyed the main plot. ...more
The only negative critisism I could could come up with was sometimes it seems like they fall in instant love, but it doesn't matter, still brilliant. Well done Jenni! ...more
Eleanoria Woodston mostly tries not to think about how her life has changed since her beloved father died. Her stepmother, Lady Dashlund, rules the home with an iron hand, with Ella receiving the brunt of it. She now lives in the attic, instead of her own bedroom, and she does all the chores. Her stepsisters get to wear all the finery and are the recipients of Ella's hard work. Even her beloved horse, Sunshine, was sold to help pay the debts.
Prince Anthony has been rop ...more
The plot isn't twisty or anything, but everything is pretty well written and fitted together. Every word flows and nothing is too wrong or anything. I like the conflict of the story, but it isn't too big of ...more
"Ella picked up the last basket of clothing, her arms strained from attempting to carry the heavy, wet mass the twelve or so feet to the drying line."
This is a very non-magical fairytale retelling of Cinderella. All the aspects that made the original story wonderful for me are missing here. There is no fairy godmother, no magical transformation, no running away at midnight and leaving behind a glass slipper, and no sense of awe or wonder at the discovery of the identity of the myst...more
Very little actually *happened*, the villian/s were barely present, and when things started coming to a head. . .nothing actually happened. They did not truly *do* anything.
I did appreciate that Ella and the prince knew each other befo ...more
Ella and John used to race each other as children. It's not made clear where these races all of the kids had were held or how this was "a thing" for what I assume is middle class children(they have to be rich enough to own horses bu ...more
I am fan of Cinderella stories, may it be a book or movie version, I read and watch it. This book is a re-tell of a fairytale by Jenni James. I find it nice but there is something missing on the book because I feel the story was being rushed. I don't know but it feels like it.
The love story between Eleanora and Prince Anthony is good, however, I think the writer forgot the stepmother, ...more
Although this doesn't seem like a very different retelling... There was no Fairy-Godmother, and no 'When the clock strikes 12...' business.
There are so many different re-tellings of this story. The one where she goes to the ball wearing her step-sister's stuff, and they shred the clothes off her and scratch her face bloody....
And the other version where she loses the slipper an ...more
I liked the history between Ella & Anthony. That was a nice twist. Them knowing each other when Ella's father was still alive and racing horses together.
I liked that they were there for each other and how the truth about her inheritance was revealed. It was different.
And although I was hoping for no glass slippers, they were actually crystal slippers! Okay, caught me on a technicality.
I was happy to see one of Ella's stepsisters tell the truth about the ...more
I loved this sweet romance based on the fairytale Cinderella.
Ella is such a wonderful, sweet girl. Although treated horribly after her father’s passing away it does not make her bitter or vengeful. Price Anthony is any girls dream.
I loved the relationship that developed between Ella and Anthony as they grew to love each other. Would recommend for any age.
I really enjoyed this version of the Cinderella story! With so many out there i didn't expect it. I love that it did not include any ridiculousness of magic. It was more realistic, but still had the magic storyline. I loved it! ...more
I really enjoyed this version of Cinderella. Ella was believable in her responses to her stepmother. ‘John’s’ remembrance of his boyhood rival Ella brings depth to Prince Anthony’s character.
This book wasn't anything special and there wasn't too much of a retelling but I guess I liked that the relationship was somewhat developed instead of being love at first sight? Anyway, I was drowning in nostalgia and it was a pretty quick read. ...more
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