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 ...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.
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!
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 ...more
When I initially chose this book to read, I did not do so because Cinderella is one of my favorite fairy-tales. I did this because of the mysterious and exciting blurb that Jenni James provided in her book. Of course, once I was halfway through I realized that that was only what she mentioned in the beginning chapters and that the whole ...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...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 ...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 ...more
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!
*The Jane Austen Diaries*
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*Jenni James Faerie Tale Collection*
Beauty and the Beast
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk