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Ten Thousand Stitches

(Regency Faerie Tales #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,037 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Regency housemaid Euphemia Reeves has acquired a faerie godfather. Unfortunately, he has no idea what he's doing.

Euphemia Reeves has most inconveniently fallen in love with Mr Benedict Ashbrooke. Housemaids do not marry gentlemen, of course... but a faerie named Lord Blackthorn is only too eager to help Effie win Mr Benedict's heart regardless.

Effie knows what a terrible i
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Starwatch Press
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Olivia Atwater Ten Thousand Stitches can be read as a standalone novel, though one or two characters from Half a Soul do show up briefly.

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Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Charming, gentle, innocent, fragrant (in a sense, as you’ll see) - I’m groping for adjectives in the least used parts of my reviewing toolbox to describe this fun story. No need at all for dark, gritty, grimy, harsh, bloody to be dug out for this read! And I thoroughly enjoyed this different variety of fantasy fiction to that which I commonly read.

It’s probably accessible for all ages, although it is mainly for YA and older; an innocent enough magical tale for kids but also some telling observa
The beginning of this book was quite a surprise; compared to the first of the series (both of these can be read entirely as a stand-alone) it's all very zippy about it's romantic intentions. It screamed fairy tale retelling, what with the sudden romantic idealism between two characters we'd scarcely met. So far, so sweet and fluffy, I thought. Well-written, engaging and suitably magical, but maybe not as much fun as the first.

Dear reader, I was wrong.

It is a fairy tale retelling, and it does sta
I am really impressed by this author so far. The class critique/servant anger storyline is terrific.
Diana Green
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this even more than Atwater's debut novel, Half a Soul. Ten Thousand Stitches has the same charm, heart, and cleverness, but the plot holds together better, all the way through to the end. I also like the focus on the lives of servants and issues of class struggle. Atwater strikes a good balance between humor, whimsy, and more serious themes. I'm REALLY looking forward to her next book, Longshadow, which seems like it will feature a wlw relationship! YAY! ...more
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Effie falls in love with Benedict Ashbrooke, she knows it is a hopeless cause. After all she is merely a maid, whilst he is the brother of the master of the household. However, then Effie meets Lord Blackthorn, a fairie, who seems determined to help her, and suddenly the impossible no longer seems quite so. The only problem is that Effie has not factored in the fact that helpful as Lord Blackthorn's intentions are, he can but seem to cause trouble wherever he goes!

I absolutely loved the fir
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG. My eyes feel like sandpaper. Do you know why? Because I just noticed this book in my kindle yesterday afternoon and I didn't stop reading until I was finished. And I have to work today. I'm not young anymore where I can stay up all night and function just fine during the day. Curse you Ms. Atwater!!!

First, I loved LOVED her book "Half a Soul." Half a Soul. Do you have to read that in order to enjoy this one? No. But you will enjoy this book SO MUCH MORE if you have read the first one. Mainl

Aw, this was great. The righteous anger!!! And the servants banding together! It's a union!!! The romance was also just lovely.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, favorites
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This story follows Euphemia Reeves, who is a housemaid at an estate called Hartfield. Life at Hartfield for a maid isn’t great. The Lord and Lady of the manor are awful, they do things like throw teapots at the maids’ heads. Euphemia dreams of something better and when, one day, she is greeted by Mr. Benedict Ashbrooke as if she is an actual person of rank, and not an invisible maid, well, she rather inconveniently falls in love with him.

Lord Blackt
Shelley Parker-Chan
Charming, clever and quietly furious. I loved Effie’s stubborn angry goodness, Jubilee’s determination and growth, and the memorable side characters. One of those purely enjoyable reads where I flipped back and forth over particularly delightful passages just to savour them all the more.
Ten Thousand Stitches (Regency Faerie Tales Book 2) by Olivia Atwater

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"The gown is only made of dignity," he said. "There are better materials to be had, of course, but this is what the brownies had on-hand. They were only too happy to rid themselves of it--they consider it quite useless, for all of the trouble that it brings."

10-19: 'Ten Thousand Stitches' is Book 2 of the Regency Faerie Tales series and my favorite hist
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just as delightful as the first book. Once again, I got sucked in anticipating a light romantic fairy tale, and once again, I got punched in the gut with feelings. Atwater's book is an interesting study on anger, with a focus on how it can be used for good. I enjoy some Regency romance and fairy tales, but there are elements of both that make me uncomfortable -- Atwater charges into the gap fearlessly, asking "what if it wasn't like that? Why can't the maid be the heroine? What if caring for peo ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved Half a Soul but I think Ten Thousand Stitches is even better. It is at times uncomfortable, and it's definitely an angry book, but the romance is also beautiful and even the minor characters are so we'll drawn. I can't wait for the next one. ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
I love love love this. Not only is it a great fairytale retelling, but it's also a great book on anger. How we need anger to drive us to fight against injustice, but if we aren't careful it can become a poison. As an angry woman, it just really resonated with me. I just loved this book, and can't wait to read more from the author! ...more
Emi O
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
It has been a while since a book as left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart upon its completion, and this is one such book.

I'd been looking forward to Ten Thousand Stitches after finishing Half a Soul, which I found dark, enchanting, moving, and well-written. The first in this Regency Fairy Tales series had me enthralled the moment I read that Lord Elias Wilder "performs three impossible things before breakfast." It did not disappoint. Ten Thousand Stitches, though set in familiar territ
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Even though I didn't love this as much as the first book, this one also had so many interesting and original ideas. I especially loved Mr Jubilee. I thought after reading about so many wicked faes (and loving them) I wouldn't like a fae who wanted to be good and virtuous but I adored Mr Jubilee. I loved how he was trying so hard to be good but since he was fae, didn't know how. It made him even more adorable if possible. I was already looking forward to his story since he appeared in the first b ...more
Lily Evangeline
While it didn't win me over quite so much as Half a Soul, I must confess I still enjoyed this faerie tale regency romance focusing on an overworked maid in a poorly managed household. Much like Half a Soul, while the "main" plot would be the slow romance between our housemaid and her fairy, there's a substantial parallel plot dealing with learning to speak up for your rights (get unionized!) and also the subtle ways that our emotions and anger can infect those around us. Multiple tropes and expe ...more
Donald Davis
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A little bit Cinderella, a little bit My Fair Lady, a whole lot original

This story is delightful. I've been really enjoying Olivia Atwater's regency fairytales. I enjoy regency books, but there are definitely aspects of them I find distasteful or uncomfortable. But Atwater's books are both whimsical and fun, while also satirizing the parts of typical regency, or even typical fairytales, that I don't care for. For example, anger is often demonized or considered bad, but I do appreciate how Atwate
A delightful tale of what happens when life belowstairs interacts with faerie. There's also much discourse on the righteous anger of the proletariat, how to channel that anger for better working conditions, and the best and truest "Wake Sleeping Beauty with True Love's Kiss" scene ever.

Too often Regency romance overlooks the people who do the dirty day-to-day work of keeping a manor house going, emptying the chamberpots and fireplace ash, scrubbing the floors and mending the ballgowns. When a c
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Also adorable

This was such a clever take on Cinderella! I love how this author uses emotions as plot points, and how the type of anger (the reasons and the consequences of each type) are important. Also loving the teamwork, Lydia’s character, as well as how kindness often goes un rewarded but it’s still necessary to practice it. Thank you!
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much!! It was so fun and sweet, and I love that it's a fantasy of manners that focused on the servants rather than the middle or upper classes. Just a lovely, lovely book. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys fantasy of manners and fae stories. ...more
May 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely delightful! I should come back and write a more insightful review, but this book hit all the right buttons for me: kindhearted, hard-working protagonists that actively try and better themselves as people, recognition of class politics in a regency-esque world, and a wholesome romance. Highly recommended.
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a nice quick read but not quick the same level as Atwater’s first book of the series. Still lots of good stuff tho!
Jamie Jack
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Excellent Book Blending Historical Romance and Fairy

What a delightfully well-written story that blends the real-life troubles that can exist between the upstairs and downstairs folk in Regency England and the magic of fairy. The author does not stint on the gritty details, showing the difficulties servants had when their masters and “betters” live their lives with little understanding or appreciation of those who serve them. I loved the element of fairy in this story—especially the magic
I didn’t think it was possible for this series to get any cuter, but somehow, this novel is even more adorable than the first in the series. It’s just as charming and wonderful as Half a Soul.

It’s somewhat of a retelling of Cinderella, but with twists. I adored the characters. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the earnest faerie Lord Blackthorn. Effie was wonderful as well. Reading books set in the Regency period (even fantasy books), it always seems to revolve around the upper class. Re
Emma Lancaster
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read Half A Soul and loved it, so Ive been waiting impatiently for the next in the series. Ten Thousand Stitches is every bit as good as Half A Soul and in places possibly even better. Regency period romances with faeries is a wonderful idea, I only wish there were more books written with the same concept. There's nothing Disney about these faeries though, they are quite alien and even the hero, Lord Blackthorn is capable of casual cruelty and completely incapable of understanding humans. Lord ...more
Ambrosia Blasier-McCollum
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Book one in the Regency Faerie Tale series, Half A Soul, is easily one of my favorite books. The memorable characters, sharp wit, and social commentary make it a delightful book beautifully suited for rereading. I love the debut book so much, in fact, that I was worried it had set the bar impossibly high for future books in the series. I needn't have worried. Ten Thousand Stitches more than earns its place in the series.

If you're a fan of fairy tales, faerie lore, whimsy, wit, period pieces, rom
Sam Everard
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed Half a Soul, the first book in the Regency Faerie Tale series, despite never having been a particular fan of anything regency-related. The wit, the banter, and the outright inconvenience of faeries made for such a charming and heartwarming story about righting wrongs and finding love in the most unexpected places.

Enter Ten Thousand Stitches. I knew from the previous book that Lord Blackthorn was truly the most delightful of meddling faeries, but I didn't know how much his en
Suzanne Irving
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Olivia Atwater writes the most incredible, magical stories. I have just finished reading this book and about all I can say is WOW. I know that this review really needs to be longer but I don’t know how to get across to you how much I loved this book and its predecessor. I have loved regency romance and fantasy books for decades and Ms. Atwater combines the two so well. I would not change a single thing except that I wish she would put books out more often. But then the quality would not be as go ...more
Rosalie Oaks
I was lucky enough to read this as it was being written! Just thought I would brag about that here (I am part of a historical fantasy writers' group with Olivia Atwater) However, it was mixed blessing, as I had to wait for each set of chapters to appear, so I was left desperately waiting for more. Olivia Atwater writes so well and so absorbingly that it was a rude shock every time I had to stop.

This book has very unique and likeable characters: a housemaid with a wholesome anger, and a faerie l
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great delivery by Olivia Atwater! Ten Thousand Stiches is the story of Euphemia Reeves, a maid with a wish to be seen and Lord Blackthorn (a.k.a. Mr Jubilee), a faerie trying to be, well, not quite a faerie as the classic definition of faeries goes (faeries=terribly mischievous and untrustworthy beings). The characters are well developed and likable, with the exception of the ones we truly need to hate, but even for those, the author shows she knows how to walk the fine line between vill ...more
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Olivia Atwater writes whimsical historical fantasy with a hint of satire. She lives in Montreal, Quebec with her fantastic, prose-inspiring husband and her two cats. When she told her second-grade history teacher that she wanted to work with history someday, she is fairly certain this isn't what either party had in mind. She has been, at various times, a historical re-enactor, a professional witch ...more

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